The season came to a close for the swimming and diving teams as Hotchkiss hosted the 2020 New England swimming championships on Mar. 7-8.
An extraordinary swimming career in Lakeville came to a close for Jillian Cudney ’20, who finished in the top three in all four of her events – second in the 100-yard freestyle (52.73), third in the 50-yard freestyle (23.93), and third in both freestyle relays.
Swimming for the Bearcats in the 200-yard freestyle relay were Emily Bukowski ’22, Abby Powell ’21, Elise Nam ’20, and Cudney. Bukowski, Powell, Cudney, and Clara Preisig ’21 competed in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
The Hotchkiss diving team had already made an impact on Wednesday at the New England diving championships, with all three divers placing: fourth for Meera Kasturi ’22 (413.00), ninth for Grace Helm ’21 (298.45), and 13th for Eden Oostenink ’20 (272.45).
For the boys, the best place overall was in the 400-yard freestyle relay, where the quartet of Leo Poggi ’20, Royce Shey ’21, Jeffrey Lim ’21, and William Wildish ’21 finished fifth overall. Poggi had a big day on Sunday, scoring points in all four of his events and earning the best individual finish for the boys team with a sixth-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle (4:47.39). Lim, Shey, and Wildish also placed in all four of their events.
Overall, the girls team finished sixth at the event, and the boys finished eighth.