Boys and Girls Swim Teams End Season UNDEFEATED and LEAGUE CHAMPIONS!
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
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The Ludlow boys and girls swim teams ended their winning seasons as the undefeated Constitution League champions by defeating South Hadley on January 29th. The final score for the boys was Ludlow-92, South Hadley-48 and for the girls the score was Ludlow-93, South Hadley-77. 

Shelley Pennington, the 2nd year LHS swim coach and LHS Learning Language Disabilities paraprofessional, reported this is the first time in the school’s history that the girls team won the top spot in their  league and only the second time the boys team grabbed the number one spot; having done so back in 2010.  She also added that it is the first time either team secured an undefeated season.

The boys team broke two school records. The first one being the 200 medley relay which was set in 2013. The former time was 1:53.21 and the new time is now 1:52.75.

The second record, the 50 freestyle, was a family affair. LHS freshman  Aaron Turgeon, broke his brother, Nathan’s 2013 record of 23.73 when he touched the end of the pool with a  23.69 finish time.

The teams also celebrated senior night, highlighting the contributions of eight amazing, hardworking and dedicated swimmers who will be graduating - Alexandra Silva, Arianna Silva, Lauren Teixeira, Hannah Martin, Ryan Goncalves, Katlin Mowry, Abby Potorski, Brooke Chisholm and manager Brandon Garcia.

Senior, Lauren Teixeira, has been a member of the swim team since her freshman year, competing in the 200 medley relay, 100 butterfly and the 200 and 400 freestyle relays. “Today is sad and bittersweet, but I am also very excited since we won leagues and hope to finish the season undefeated- something  the girls team has never done before.”

“Freshman year we lost the league championship to Chicopee, so this year is our redemption year,” continued an exuberant Teixeira. “From freshman until now, it shows our motivation and determination to finish the season differently.”

Senior, Hannah Martin, competes in the 200 medley relay, backstroke, 200 and 500 freestyle, 100 backstroke and the 400 freestyle relay and has been a member of the swim team since 2014.  “I feel so amazing. Our team is made up of a great group of students. We’re a little sad it’s senior night and our last meet together, but we are determined to go out there and swim the best times we can to go out undefeated.”

“We would not be here, looking at an undefeated season and winning the league championship without our coach,” continued Martin, when reflecting on Pennington’s influence as a coach. “She brought it all together for us.”

“She is so involved- she really does her homework. Last year was her first year coaching with us and we took to her right away,” continued Martin. “She is always willing to help you. She breaks down what you need to do better and how to do it.”

“Coach Pennington is really great and totally helpful on all fronts.  She is willing to stay after and give you the extra help you need to improve. She also came up with some amazing drills this year to help us get in shape,” added Teixeira.  “She’s just an all around amazing coach, and all of us have flourished with her.”

Lauren’s mother, Susan Teixeira, agreed with the coach’s positive reviews, sharing, “Shelley has brought so much more enthusiasm to the team as a whole. This being her second year she felt more comfortable to push them a bit more and the results are being felt. It’s truly been an amazing season, not just for my daughter, but for each of the swimmers.”

Although Pennington was beyond excited with being able to claim a first ever undefeated season she was feeling bittersweet with the thought of the seniors departure, “I have built a good relationship with each of the seniors so it will be very difficult to say goodbye. It’s been great seeing them find a love for the sport, succeeding in ways they didn’t think possible- both in and out of the pool- along with making memories that will last a lifetime.”

After the celebrations ended Pennington did remind her swimmers that they are not done quite yet as they now move into postseason competitions, including Fast Chance Meet at West Springfield High School on February 3rd and Central/West, formally known as Western Mass, on February 11th at Springfield College.


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