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LONDONDERRY TIMES ◆


JANUARY 12, 2012


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Londonderry High Swimmers Have Mixed Fortunes at Home Meet C


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oach Chrys Ewen’s Londonderry High School swim teams faced some of the tough- est competition they’ve seen in a meet so far this season at home last Fri- day night, Jan. 6, and both the boys and girls had a challenging evening. The LHS girls’ squad defeated the Campbell con- tingent from Litchfield by a 134-10 score, just snuck by the Bishop Guertin Lady Cardinals of Nashua by an 88-82 count, and fell to the


Bedford High bunch by a 124-46 tally.


The Lancer boys, how-


ever, took defeats on the chin at the hands of both Guertin (120.50-49.50) and Bedford (128-42). GIRLS


Ana Milosavljevic was the Lady Lancers’ most suc- cessful competitor, snag- ging a first place in the 500-yard freestyle (time of 5 minutes, 41.31 seconds) and a second in the 100- yard breaststroke.


Alyssa Boccia claimed


a third place in the 200- yard individual medley,


Shelby McKenney notched a third in the 100-yard backstroke, and the 200- yard freestyle relay quar- tet of Lauren Courteman- che, Emily Houston, Gina Occhipinti, and Allison McCarthy also bagged a third place.


BOYS Skilled veteran Alex


Holzberger had the Lancer guys’ top finish with a sec- ond place in the 100-yard butterfly, and the 200 free- style relay crew of Nick Bompastore, Nigel Swanson, Kelly Hayes, and William Chen ended up third.


Despite the significant contributions of Shelby McKenney, the LHS girls' swim team had mixed success in a multi-squad home meet last week. Photo by Chris Paul


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Local Track Club Hosting Annual Boston Prep Race on Jan. 22 T


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he Greater Derry Track Club will host its 16th annual Bos-


ton Prep 16-Mile Road Race in Derry at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22.


The race has become popular, and many runners


consider it a perfect Boston Marathon training event. The race course, con-


sidered “moderately chal- lenging,” travels the sce- nic country roads of Derry and East Derry. This year, West Running Brook Mid- dle School serves as the event’s home base.


In 2011, some 657 run- ners - including many from Derry and Londonderry - finished the race on a clear and cold winter day. Patrick Moulton of Prov-


idence, R.I., repeated his 2010 win with another victo- ry. Moulton averaged a 5 minute, 32 second per-mile


pace over the 16 miles, com- pleting the event in 1:28:31. Raelyn Crowell-Coates


from Amherst was the first female finisher. She aver- aged 6:43 per mile over the course, finishing in 1:47:25. This year, the race is limited to a field of 900 run- ners. All entrants receive a


long-sleeved technical shirt, and the event features chip timing, four on-course tim- ing splits, mile markers every mile, and four on- course water stops. Those interested in


running the race can reg- ister on-line at www.gdtc. org/bostonprep/ for $45.


Local Swimmers Working Together to Make Their RAYS Go P


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lenty of attention gets paid to the situ- ations in which ath-


letes from Londonderry and Derry compete against each other.


But in instances in which youngsters from the neighboring towns work together in an ath- letic cause, they achieve plenty. And one major case in point stands with


the Rockingham Area Youth Swim (RAYS) squads. RAYS’ swimmers from


Derry and Londonderry competed at an impres- sive USA Meet at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine in December, tak- ing part in the 13-and- over age group’s races and showing just what they can accomplish when they put their tal- ents together.


Despite their small


number of competitors, the team fared quite well overall against many huge teams. In addition to personal best perform- ances, several of the RAYS qualified for New England age group competition and a few qualified for seniors’ competition in one or more events at this meet. Those RAYS’ ath- letes included Derry swimmers Jessica Martin and Nick Bergstrom.


In addition, Martin


broke the RAYS record in the 15-and-over girls’ 200- yard breaststroke with a time of 2 minutes and 32.62 seconds. Derry and Londonder-


ry swimmers scoring at this meet included Brian- na Nowicki of Londonder- ry with a 28th place in the 400-yard individual med- ley, a 29th in the 200 freestyle, and 30th places in the 50 Free and the


200-yard breaststroke. Martin of Derry not- ched a ninth place in the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard breaststroke, a 17th in the 200 free, a 27th in 100 free, and a 28th in the 50 free. Tori Claverie of Derry notched a 16th in the 50 free and a 28th in the 200 free.


And Ellen Courtemanche of Londonderry collected 23rd place in the 50 Free.





Proceeds from the race directly support the Great- er Derry Track Club Kid’s Summer Fun Run Program. For more race informa- tion, visit www.gdtc.org/ bostonprep/ or contact race director Dave Bree- den at weluv2run@com- cast.net, or 432-6865.


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Additionally, the sen- ior girls’ medley relay quartet, which included Martin and Claverie, plac- ed eighth overall with a team record-breaking time of 4:16.15, qualifying the team for seniors’ competi- tion. And Martin and Claverie were also mem- bers of a 400 freestyle relay team that collected fifth place with a time of 3:47.70.


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