Swimming: Westerly girls benefit from youth, experience to beat Smithfield; boys team cruises

Swimming: Westerly girls benefit from youth, experience to beat Smithfield; boys team cruises

WESTERLY — For Westerly High senior Lea Koppermann, there is not a lot of time left in her high school swimming career.

But for freshmen Jessica and Jenna Burke and Melanie Gomes, there is still a so much more to go.

So it was bit of the old and the new — with some contributions from several others — that propelled the Bulldogs to a 50-44 win over Smithfield on Monday night at the Ocean Community YMCA.

Koppermann won the 200 and 100 freestyle and combined with the freshman trio to win the 200 medley relay and the 200 free relay.

Koppermann has stepped into a leadership role this season.

“It’s definitely been a role I have taken on,” she said. “We have done a lot of team-bonding stuff to get them involved and get them motivated. That has been very important to me.”

Westerly had a 37-31 lead after eight of the 11 events. A third-place finish by Jordan Allen in the 100 breaststroke helped put the Bulldogs ahead, 46-38, with the 400 free relay remaining.

Smithfield (7-3, 7-3 Division II) would have needed to sweep all three scoring places in the final relay to win the meet. Allen, Timmary Main, Danielle Bernat and Lindsey Pride finished second to seal the victory. The same group finished third in the 200 medley relay.

Jenna Burke won the 50 free and the 100 backstroke.

“I’m glad that I came in first, but I wasn’t super happy with my times,” Jenna Burke said. “I think, overall, I’ve done pretty well (this season), but in some places I wish my times had been better. But for the most part I’ve done what was needed to help my team win.”

Westerly finished the dual-meet season 8-2, with two two-point losses — to Rogers and Lincoln. The Bulldogs compete in the D-II championship meet Saturday at Roger Williams University at 2 p.m.

“I think we will do pretty well,” Koppermann said. “Our coach has been doing a good job making out the lineup and keeping an eye on all the other team’s times.”

Jenna Burke is also looking for a good finish at the division meet.

“First place would be awesome, but I would settle for the top three,” she said.

Jessica Burke finished first in the 500 free and second in the 100 butterfly Monday. Gomes was second in the 200 IM and first in the 100 breaststroke. Bernat contributed a third in the 50 free.

Allen, Main, Bernat and Pride were second in the 200 medley relay. Allen, Main, Grace Armstrong and Annaliese Siebel were third in the 200 free relay.

Smithfield only brought two boys swimmers to the meet, giving a decided advantage to the Bulldogs as they prevailed, 67-11.

Matt Robinson won the 200 free and the 100 butterfly, while North Infante finished first in the 200 IM and the 500 free.

Rhys Johnstone finished first in the 50 free. Spencer Bernat won the 100 free and was second in the 50 free. Madigan Hiltz won the 100 breaststroke.

Quinn Urbonas finished second in the 200 free and the 100 backstroke. Ryan Imhof was second in the 100 fly and the 500 free. Jensen Lund contributed a second on the 100 free.

Johnstone, Hiltz, Robinson and Bernat combined to win the 200 medley. Infante, Robinson, Urbonas and Johnstone won the 200 free. Lund, Infante, Imhof and Hiltz finished first in the 400 free.

Bernat, Lund, Hiltz and Imhot took second in the 200 free.





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