Hanover girls are NHIAA D-II swimming/diving champs again

  • The Hanover High swimming team won the girls Division II state championship and took second in the boys meet on Sunday in Salem, N.H.

Staff Reports
Published: 2/21/2021 11:08:50 PM
Modified: 2/22/2021 11:25:20 AM

SALEM, N.H. — The Hanover High girls swimming and diving team hasn’t just made winning state championships a habit. It’s getting to be something by which to set a clock.

The Marauders made it four NHIAA Division II titles in a row on Sunday, claiming their latest crown in socially distanced fashion at The Workout Club. Interestingly, Hanover did it without winning a single event in the swim portion of the championship, which was held two days after the diving competition.

While the girls — with a team of just three athletes at Salem — claimed honors again, the boys finished a close second to Oyster River in their meet.

“I am so proud of the great swimming by the girls and boys teams today in facing fierce competition around the state,” Hanover head coach Sean Uiterwyk said in an email. “As in past seasons, the strong performances by the HHS divers set the stage for the swimmers. It was amazing to perform so well with only three girls qualifying (in swimming). They swam hard and did what they needed to do.”

The Hanover girls entered Sunday with 48 points after Sophia May won the diving title on Friday and three other Marauders filled top-six spots. Three swimmers proved more than adequate to secure the crown.

Emma Dunbar led the way with a pair of second-place results in the 50-yard freestyle (25.29 seconds) and 500 free (5:11.60). Natalie Keith took second in the 200 free (1:58.62) and was fifth in the 100 butterfly (1:02.06). Jocelyn Hazen closed out the title for Hanover by going third in the 100 free (56.14) and fifth in the 200 free (2:01.16). That gave the Marauders a total of 119 team points, 10 better than runner-up Hollis Brookline.

The Hanover boys also had a good head start from Friday’s dive meet, with 32 points. Benton Cesanek had the best day for the Marauders on Sunday with thirds in the 50 free (23.78) and 100 fly (55.57). Andres Savellano was close behind, taking third in the 500 free (5:24.16) and fourth in the 200 individual medley (2:13.90). Kieran Artman, Aidan Lackstrom and Brian Tso each contributed at least one scoring finish for Hanover.

Lebanon’s Aidan Urnezis, the sole Raider to qualify for the championship, was third in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.65).

Oyster River retained the D-II boys team title for the second year in a row.

Girls team scores (top five): Hanover 119, Hollis-Brookline 109, Windham 101, Oyster River 97, St. Thomas 47.

Boys team scores (top five): Oyster River 133, Hanover 114, Souhegan 109, Windham 73, Winnacunnet 56 (Lebanon, ninth, 17).

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