Hawks swim past Wheeler

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The defending state champion Bishop Hendricken swim team is off to another impressive start this season, boasting a 4-0 record and recently topping Wheeler 71-23 at home last Friday.

“We swam pretty well. Even Grant Dator lost the 100 breakstroke but it was his best time. Any time that you can get your personal best in a dual meet it’s good. CJ Sheldon swam well in the free, our relay teams swam really well. Mike Ryan won the 500, Jon Smith won the 100 fly. We’re moving in the right direction so to speak,” said Hendricken coach Dave Hanson after the win.

After graduating multiple leaders last season, the Hawks returned some key athletes but have also relied on some younger ones as well. Hanson has been pleased with the younger swimmers’ progress, and expects to see continued growth throughout the remainder of the season.

“Alex Walsh is coming along, Sean Miranda is probably the most improved swimmer since last year, they’ve stepped up,” said Hanson.

The Hawks will take on East Greenwich this week, and will be competing this upcoming Sunday in an interstate invitational meet that will include teams from Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

The Hawks hope to compete for gold in the regional event, and look forward to seeing how they stack up against some of the top clubs in New England.

“There will be around 25 teams going so that will be a good test for us, it will really tell us where we are,” said Hanson. “We’re working hard, we’ve got exam week this week which is something that we need to get through, but they’re working hard, they’ll be alright. We should be in the hunt, inside the top-3. It’s good, it gives the kids a different look at competition.”

Here is a look at some of Friday’s results.

John Walden took first place in the 50 free with a time of 23.13, and also took home first in the 100 free as well. Grant Dator won the 100 breaststroke, while teammate Jon Smith won the 100 butterfly.

CJ Sheldon placed first in the 200 free with a time of 1:44.72. Mike Ryan went on to win the 500 free for Hendricken with a time of 5:02.53.

Hendricken went on to win all three relay races. Walden, Sheldon, Aidan Blanchette and Luke Senecal won the 200 relay, while Blanchette, Smith, Dator and Ryan McPherson won the 200 medley. Alex Walsh, Matt Levesque, Sean Miranda and Maxim Picard later took home first in the 400 relay. 

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