Strides in Swimming

LHS boys swimmers competitive again

Eddy Olu, Staff Reporter, LHS Review

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By Eddy Olu

Lowell, MA- Ending the season with a 3-3 record, the LHS boys swim team celebrated a momentum-building season, personal bests and an appearance at the sectional meet on Sunday night in Cambridge.

At the Sectional meet at MIT this past weekend,  the Red Raiders competed in the 200 Yard Medley Relay with Isaac Petruzziello kicking off the race, followed by Devin Jozokos, David Martin and anchor Tim McCabe.

Clocking in at 1:51.1 dropping 2.08 off previous times, the Red Raiders hit a personal record at the meet.

Moreover, David Martin was the only Red Raider to make a sectional cut individually for LHS in the 100 Yard Butterfly dropping .7 seconds to achieve a best time of 57.8.

The relay was more than a race for the LHS swimmers but a statement that the LHS boys swim team was back on track after numerous disappointing seasons in the past few years.

Perhaps the most notable signal of the Red Raider’s comeback this year was the nail-biting loss to power house Chelmsford, 88-92, which in previous seasons was unimaginable.

The LHS swimmers trained all season in less than ideal temperatures in a school building with marred by climate control problems.  With the help of heaters, the team endured the conditions and took 3 regular season wins.

The Red Raiders finished one of their best seasons in many years with victories at Greater Lowell Tech, Haverhill and North Andover.

The Red Raiders, outmatched by almost every team opponent last season, had winless seasons for a number of years.  This year marked rebounding results for LHS in varsity level performance for the boy swimmers.