Area swimmers race to the finish in championship

LAKEVILLE — Swimmers from high schools around the region gathered at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville on Saturday, March 2, for the annual Berkshire League swimming championship. Northwestern Regional 7 in Winsted took the championship title with 468 points. Shepaug Valley placed second with 433.5 points and Wamogo finished third with 185 points. This was Northwestern’s first win since 1997.From Housatonic Valley Regional High School, 15 of the 31 swimmers on the team qualified to swim in the championships. Top finishers for Housatonic included Taylor Dowd with a fourth in the 50 yard freestyle and a sixth in the 100 yard freestyle; the 200 yard medley relay team consisting of Fiona Ocain, Chloe Ocain, Shayne Dodge and Dowd placed sixth; the 200 yard freestyle relay team consisting of Chloe Ocain, Dodge, Taylor Hurley and Dowd also placed sixth. HVRHS swimming coaches Jacquie Rice and Rhonda Rinninsland said, “We are pleased with the results of this season and look forward to coaching the team next season.”The swimmers finished their regular season by celebrating Senior Night last week, Feb. 26. Four seniors were honored: Lauren Hanlon, Grace Morse, Garrett Rogers and Livy Sheldon. All four were first-year swimmers who made “incredible contributions to the team,” according to their coaches. HVRHS lost that evening to Northwestern by a score of 64-89.

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