Post By Coach Papagno:
On 12/16/2009 the BHS Boys Swim / Dive Team was suppose to face off against Belmont HS in a duel meet. However; due to issues with Belmont's pool this meet was postponed. On 12/18/2009 the boys faced off against Haverhill HS. at Shawsheen Tech's pool. Each swimmer came very prepared for this contest and I was able to see a terrific effort in all of them They were very enthusiastic and worked as a team. From the first even to the last I saw a, "Can Do" attitude with each of them. There were many stand outs in this meet. To name a few ....
In the 200 Medley Relay - Jay Baia, Nick Rose, Captain's Shane Ryan and Ryan Gilpin blazed a path for others to follow with a time of 1:59.09. This is only three seconds away from North Sectional Championship qualification time.
In the 50 Free Style - Shane Ryan took first place with a time of 24.59 a personal best.
In the 100 Butterfly event - Ryan Gilpin narrowly missed first place by one half of a second with a personal best time of 1:04.19. Ryan performed this event like a truck going through a wall. His effort was extraordinary and I only see him getting faster and stronger as the season goes.
In the 100 Free style event - Nick Rose took second place in this even with a time of 59.47 another personal best. Not bad for the first meet of the year.
The 200 Free Style Relay event - The team of Jon Dirusso, Shane Ryan, Ryan Gilpin, and Nick Rose took first place with an outstanding time of 1:45.65. Missing North Sectional Qualifying time by three (3) seconds. (This time they vow to break by the end of the season.)
In the 100 Breast Stroke event - Captain Shane Ryan placed first with a time of 1:12.08.
Although this team had a great first meet of the year. We lost to the score of Haverhill 101 - Burlington 74. Our next meet will be 12/22/2009 at 4 pm. We will be hosting Andover HS at the Shawsheen Tech. pool @4 PM.
As their Head Coach I am very proud of what they have accomplished in such a short time. I know it is only the first meet of the long season. However; they are looking to be a strong team with a great amount of potential. Happy Holidays and always.... "Go Big Red."