Local Roundup: Junior Doubles At UNH: Brechbuhl Wins Twice for Hanover
Durham, n.h. — The Hanover High School swim team can boast a two-time state champion and a third-place team from the girls’ half of Sunday’s NHIAA Division II swimming championships at the University of New Hampshire.
Junior Elisabeth Brechbuhl raced to victories in the girls 200- and 500-yard freestyle for the only wins by an Upper Valley competitor. Her efforts set the foundation for the Marauders to earn third place as a team, behind Oyster River and St. Thomas. The Bobcats swept the team titles, winning by dominant margins over the Saints in both genders.
Brechbuhl picked up her 200 win in 1 minute, 53.98 seconds, beating the field by nearly four seconds. She also was the class of the field in the 500, with a time of 5:03.79 that was more than 14 seconds better than the runner-up. Both times were team records.
Junior Katie Aman also added key points for Hanover. Aman took third in two events, the 100 backstroke (school-record 1:00.75) and the 100 butterfly (1:00.00), the latter of which she finished just a second behind the winner. Junior Meredith Mackall also contributed to the Marauders’ team result by taking fifth in the 500 free (6:00.13).
The Marauders also grabbed points in a pair of relays. Aman and Brechbuhl teamed with senior Corrie Presland-Byrne and sophomore Katherine Robertson to place third in the 200 medley relay (1:59.66). The quartet also placed fourth in the 400 free relay (3:56.64).
The Stevens girls nudged Lebanon for seventh place in the 26-school field thanks to the work of Hannah Scott. The sophomore produced points in the girls 50-yard free by taking fourth place (26.03) and in the 100 free by placing sixth (57.05). Scott also partnered with Jenna Deschaine, Jennie Morey and Mikayla Johnson to place fourth in the 200 free relay and sixth in the 200 medley relay.
The Raider girls posted a pair of standout performances. Senior Lyssa Wright came in fourth in the 500 free (5:51.13), and Lebanon’s 200 free relay squad of Elizabeth Barney, Kyrsten Carlson, Amanda Klotz and Kayla Davis placed third (1:48.50).
Hanover’s boys took sixth out of 16 teams. Ziqi Wang led the way, swiming to third in the 50 free (23.72) and fourth in the 100 free (51.76). Kristian Hansen also produced a pair of top-five scores, earning runner-up honors in the 500 free (5:03.26) and fifth in the 200 free (1:55.15), both of which set program marks. The Marauders also added points with top-six results in two relays and with a sixth-place result from Conrad Koehler in the 500 free (5:31.04).
Kyle Shepherd had a strong outing for the Lebanon boys. The sophomore had the Raiders’ best individual finish (fourth, 100 back, 1:00.58) and took part — with Kevin Shaffner, Scott Shepherd and Connor Gavell — in a sixth-place result in the 200 medley relay (1:54.74).
Girls team scores (top 10): Oyster River 269.5, St. Thomas 148, Hanover 122, Souhegan 113.5, Windham 90.5, Derryfield 83, Stevens 69, Lebanon 63, Monadnock 53, Conant 47.5.
Boys team scores (top 10): Oyster River 236.5, St. Thomas 159, Hollis-Brookline 143, Souhegan 139, Windham 122, Hanover 114, Portsmouth 83.5, Lebanon 66, Campbell 50, (tie) Trinity and Bow 44.
Hopkinton 48, Newport 41
Newport — The Tigers (7-8) had one of NHIAA Division III’s big guns in its sights, but turnovers and a stagnant Newport offense allowed the Hawks (13-3) to pull away with the win in the fourth quarter.
The hosts slowed Hopkinton’s scoring down through most of the third quarter, but Newport’s inability to score kept the teams close into the fourth. That’s when turnovers finally turned the tide the Hawks’ way.
“We had some trouble with their pressure,” Newport coach Doug Beaupre said. “We had too many turnovers that led to easy baskets.”
Brooke Beaulieu led Newport with 10 points, and Stephanie Carl followed with nine. The Tigers visit Sunapee tonight.
Woodstock 3, Northfield 1
Northfield, Vt. — After a slow start, the Wasps (14-3-2) rallied for their fifth straight victory late Saturday night to cement their hold on first place in Vermont Division II heading into Wednesday’s season finale.
Braden McCarthy and Daniel Robinson put Woodstock ahead to stay with second-period goals, while Brian Townley’s late empty-netter clinched the victory. Dylan Kuhn, Connor McCarthy and Ben Orr posted assists, and goalie Connor Black turned aside 20 Northfield shots.
“We came out a little slow, but the boys played hard,” Woodstock coach Charlie Hancock said.
Two of the Wasps’ five wins have come against top-five teams in D-II, including the Marauders (14-5-0). Woodstock is also unbeaten in its last 12 starts (11-0-1).
The Wasps close the season against archrival Hartford (11-5-2) on Wednesday night at Union Arena.
Dartmouth Third at Hoehn Cup
Cambridge, Mass. — The Big Green closed its regular season with a 5-4 win over Western Ontario to claim third place at Harvard’s Hoehn Cup tournament at the Murr Center on Sunday.
Senior Fletcher Pease closed his Dartmouth carer with a five-game win at No. 4 over Adam Engel. The rest of the Big Green’s points came from the bottom four spots in the nine-man lineup through Michael Mistras, James Fisch, George Henderson and Glen Brickman.
The tournament features the teams ranked ninth through 16th in the nation. The Big Green concluded the year ranked 11th in the country with the win.
Dartmouth participates in the CSA Individual Championships in Philadelphia beginning on Feb. 28.
The name of Hanover High swimmer Elisabeth Brechbuhl, who won two events at Sunday's NHIAA swimming championships, was misspelled in an earlier verison of this story.