Masuk swimmers fall to Weston

While suffering a loss to close the regular season, Masuk High swim coach Tom Harkins said his squad’s recent success has them primed for a strong conference championship performance.

“The guys are swimming well, working hard,” said Harkins. “Guys are swimming personal bests. We just have to keep working hard.”

Masuk, winners of five consecutive meets, lost 98-85 to conference powerhouse Weston Tuesday — claiming only four first-places finishes against “an incredibly fast team,” according to Harkins.

The medley relay team of Will Briand, James O’Shaughnessy, Mike Aiello and Matt Hull placed first with a time of 1:47.55. Other top finishes went to Briand in the 100 free (51.85), the 200 free relay team of Zack Thornton, Aiello, Hull and senior captain DJ Wheeler (1:40.59) and the 400 free relay team of Riley Bachard, Joey Nizzardo, Briand and Wheeler (3:47.63).

Nizzardo beat how own school record in the 500 free, with a time of 4:56.04, but still finished second. Nizzardo also placed second in the 200 free at 1:55.24.

In the 50 free — in which Masuk has enjoyed top finishes all season — Hull placed third at 23.62 and Thornton fifth at 24.56.

“(Weston’s swimmers) were fast, really fast,” said Harkins.

Other top performers from Tuesday’s meet were Aidan Lein (second in the 100 back at 1:04.75 and 200 IM at 2:22.96); Bachard (third in the 200 IM at 2:26.68); Hull (third in the 100 free at 53.19); Thornton (fourth in the 100 free at 54.69); and senior Jordan Vaglivelo, who returned from battling injuries to qualify in the 100 back with a time of 1:11.11.

Masuk also earned second-place finishes in the 200 free relay — the team of O’Shaughnessy, Matt Pearson, Ryan Cammarano and Nizzardo finished in 1:47.07 — and the 400 free relay — the team of Peyton Sullivan, Vaglivelo, Lein and Cammarano finished in 4:02.26.

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