Bishop Hendricken brought 15 swimmers to the Division 1 Championships Sunday at Roger Williams University and all 15 contributed points as the Hawks continued their dream season with a 59-point victory in the penultimate meet of the season. The Hawks finished with 475 points. Barrington was second with 416 points. Cumberland was third with 225 points.
Sophomore CJ Sheldon pulled off an impressive double capturing the meet’s shortest event, the 50-yard freestyle, and it’s longest, the 500-yard freestyle. Juniors Grant Dator (100-yard breaststroke) and John Walden (100-yard freestyle) were the other Hendricken individual event winners.
But it was their trademark depth that was once again the key factor in the Hawks’ triumph. Michael Ryan (34 points), Aidan Blanchette (32 points), Paul Fedorenko (32 points), Kevin Sawyer (31 points) and Jonathan Smith (30 points) were key factors as the Hawks continually placed at least two swimmers in the top five of all 11 events.
Hendricken captured the first event of the day, the 200-yard medley relay with the quartet of Ryan McPherson, Dator, Smith and Sheldon posting a winning time of 1:40.93. Ryan and Walden went 2-3 in the 200-yard freestyle as the Hawks got out to a quick lead and never looked back.
Dator and Sawyer followed with a 3-4 finish in the IM and were joined by senior Maxim Picard (9th) to place three Hawks in the Top 10.
Sheldon captured the 50-free in a blistering 21.79 seconds with Blanchette (4th) and Luke Senecal (10th) extending the Hendricken lead. The 100-yard butterfly was next, and the script continued with Blanchette (2nd), Smith (3rd) and Matt Levesque (8th) giving the Hawks three more top 10 finishers.
The race of the day was the 100-free where Walden and Fedorenko staged a thrilling match race which Walden won by just one-tenth of one second, 50.82 to Fedorenko’s 50.92.
The Hawks excelled in the 500-yard freestyle where Sheldon, Ryan and Sawyer went 1-2-3. Ryan got out of the pool and right back on the block to team with Blanchette, Walden and Fedorenko for a second-place clocking in the 200-free relay.
Hendricken had three more point scorers in the 100-yard back with McPherson (4th), Smith (5th) and freshman Alex Walsh (11th). Dator remained unbeaten in his signature event the 100-yard breaststroke and Fedorenko (4th) and Casey McQuesten (7th) rounded out the scoring.
The championship had already been locked up, but the Hawks closed it out in style as Walden, Smith, Ryan and Sheldon pulled away for an impressive win in the 400-free relay with a winning time of 3:22.37