The Wellesley High School Swim & Dive team wrapped up an undefeated season by winning its first Division 2 State Championship and first state title since 1990. The Raiders, with 430 points, far outdistanced second place Central Catholic, which had 279 points.
The deep WHS team, which got big contributions all season from students in 9-12 grade, had a strong start at Sunday’s meet at MIT. The Raiders finished second in the 200-yard medley relay, and then placed a handful of swimmers in the top 10 in the 200 freestyle. Freshman Naomi Boegholm won an individual state title in the 200 individual medley, and other standout performances included senior Nellie Thompson taking second place in the 50 and 100 freestyle races, and Iris Xia finishing second in the 100-yard breaststroke.
WHS won in style this fall, too, also receiving team sportsmanship award.
— Wellesley Raiders (@wellesleysports) November 18, 2019
Runners take second
Separately, Wellesley High’s boys and girls cross country teams continued their excellence this weekend at state championship meets in Gardner, where they both finished as state runners-up on the strength of team balance.
The boys narrowly fell to St. John’s Prep, with Jason Norris leading the way for the Raiders with a 7th place overall finish on the 5K course in 16.29. The Raiders also finished second a year ago on a snowy course.
The girls placed second behind Concord-Carlisle. Raiders Grace Wheelan, Zoe Maggioni and Arianna Cozza finished 23rd, 24th and 27th to power the team.
— Wellesley Raiders (@wellesleysports) November 16, 2019
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