By Cody Magagnoli and Nicholas De Pinho
CHICOPEE- The Chicopee Pacers had their first swim meet against the Ludlow Lions this past Friday, December 13. The Lions had the win in the bag, emerging victorious against both Chicopee’s boys and girls teams. The Lions had the upper hand throughout the entirety of the event and placed first for the majority of the events throughout the night.
The Lions were placed in lanes 1-3, and the Pacers in lanes 4-6. The 200 medley relay was the first event held to kick off the meet. With the girl teams performing in each event before the boys, the bell sounded and the two teams were off. Initiating with backstrokes, the two teams at first seemed equally matched. However, the Lions quickly took the lead and won in lane 3. Killie Bazinet, Lillian Przybyl, Emma Wehner, and Alexis Dawson took the victory at 2 minutes, 17 seconds.
The Lions boys team had also won. Ludlow athletes Adam Wehner, Luke Page, Toby Page, and Aaron Turgeon in lane 3 finished at 1 minute, 51 seconds.
The following event was the 200 meter free swim. Ludlow’s Grace McBride won at 2 minutes 37 seconds for the girls and Ludlow’s Max Zukowski won at 2 minutes for the boys.
The next two events were the 200 I.M. and the 50 free, in which the Lions won both. Coming in first for Ludlow’s girls team was Hayleigh Paine with a time of 2:47:15 and Rebecca Hall with a time of 00:30:74, respectively. For the Ludlow boys, T. Page came in at a time of 2:42:56 and Turgeon finished with a time of 00:23:40, respectively.
As for diving, neither the Pacers nor the Lions had an athlete to put into the event. Chicopee Pacer, sophomore, Pierce Jorgenson had no competition going into this event, coming in first place with a total of 135.55 points.
Next up was the 100 meter fly followed by the 100 meter free. The Lions would outdo the Pacers yet again, taking first place in both events. For the Ludlow girls, Paine finished with a time of 1:19:47 and Przybyl finished with a time of 1:11:63. On the Lions’ boys team, L. Page and Wehner came in at 00:59:76 and 00:56:66, respectively.
The Pacers girls managed to defeat the Lions girls in the 500 meter free with H. Doyle snagging a time of 6:44:93. But the Lions girls would not allow their lead to slip, winning the 200 free relay.
Further asserting their dominance, the Ludlow boys won both events, with Turgeon coming in at 5:20:57 in the 500 meter free and Wehner, T. Page, L. Page, and Turgeon finishing with a time of 1:41:67 in the 200 meter free relay.
The Ludlow Lions boys swim team continued their win streak against the Pacers with the 100 meter back and 100 meter breast. In the 100 back, Thomas Przybyl finished with a time of 1:20:41, and in the 100 breast, Wehner finished with a time of 1:07:96.
Seeing their first meet as nothing more than a minor setback on their road to victory, the Pacers will have their next meet against the Northampton Blue Devils at Northampton High School this Tuesday December 17, hoping to clinch their first win of the season.
The Ludlow Lions will be facing the SciTech Cybercats at the Springfield High School of Science and Technology this Tuesday December 17, hoping to build on their momentum from their impressive performance against the Pacers.