By Jack Lewis '18
The boys and girls swim teams each earned their first win of 2017 with a pair of victories over Canterbury on Feb. 1.
Girls swimming put on a dominant display, beating the Saints 96-71.. Strong performances from Jillian Cudney '20 and Liz Williams '19, who had both had three first-place finishes, were key to the victory.
In the first race of the day, Cudney, Shine Pegg '19, Caroline Zhang '20 and captain Caroline Doggett '17 finished first at 2:01.92 in the 200-yard medley relay.
Williams, Cudney and Eleanor Fitzgibbons '18 won the next three races for the Bearcats to put them firmly in control of the meet. Also, Olivia King '19 won the one-meter diving with a score of 201.25.
Later, Cudney blew away the field to win the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 53.93 and Doggett won the 500-yard freestyle. Finally, Hotchkiss won the 200- yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:52.58 through the combined efforts of Williams, Fitzgibbons, Angela Xiao '17 and Elise Nam '20.
Meanwhile, the boys team competed in a much tighter meet, edging Canterbury 93-90. Alejandro Sarmiento '18 led the way with two first-place and two second-place finishes.
Hotchkiss won its first competition in the one-meter diving as Will Cassou '17 took first place with a score of 156.30. After that, Sarmiento won the 500-yard freestyle and Addison Oberting won the 100-yard backstroke.
Lastly, a team consisting of Sarmiento, James Lewitt '18, Jonathan Odim '18 and captain Egor Cherenkov '17 won the 200-yard relay freestyle with a time of 1:34.70.
Both teams will travel to Kent for their next meet on Wednesday Feb. 8.