Swimming & Diving Competes at Founders

The boys and girls varsity swim teams concluded this year’s Founders League championships over the weekend of March 1, with each team winning multiple events.

The highlight of the weekend was sprinter Jillian Cudney ’20, who dominated the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle events, winning and setting new school, pool, and conference records in both events. Cudney’s 50-yard time of 23.43 was good enough for All-American consideration.

Cudney also anchored another school record time in the 200-yard freestyle relay with Abby Powell ’21, Emily Bukowski ’22, and Elise Nam ’20.

Her exploits came on the heels of another historic performance earlier in the week, when Meera Kasturi ’22 won the diving championships on Wednesday with a new school record that surpassed the previous total by nearly 60 points.

Overall, the boys finished fourth with a total of 332 points, and the girls finished third at 327.5.

The highest achievements for the boys included a 50-yard freestyle win for William Wildish ’21 and a 100-yard butterfly win for Jeffrey Lim ’21.

 The wins capped a well-rounded effort for the boys team, which saw them finish in the top three in eight different events, including the 200-yard medley relay (Leo Poggi ’20, Carter Levine ’22, Lim, and Wildish), 200-yard freestyle (Royce Shey ’21), 100-yard freestyle (Wildish), 500-yard freestyle (Poggi), and the 400-yard freestyle relay (Poggi, Shey, Lim, and Wildish).

Both sets of swimmers will finish their seasons at home this weekend, as Hotchkiss will be once again hosting the New England swimming championships on Saturday and Sunday. The divers will travel to Deerfield to compete at New Englands on Wednesday.

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