BRISTOL - Coming into the last event, the 400 freestyle relay, Bristol Central was down 88-84 to Bristol Eastern in Tuesday’s girls swimming and diving meet and the Rams had all the pressure on them, needing to take first and third place to complete the comeback win.
The Rams were up to the task and did just that, outscoring the Lancers 10-4 in the event and beating the Lancers 94-92 in the last regular season meet of the season.
“I knew that we had to push our limits,” Bristol Central senior Meghan Curtis said. “As I always say, ‘We gotta go, we gotta go.’ You know we don’t like to lose and even if we do it’s okay, we tried our best, but in this case I knew we could push our limits and I just went and cheered everybody on and it was the greatest feeling in the world watching everybody try their best and beat [Bristol Eastern].”
Bristol Eastern had held the lead since diving, the fifth event out of 12 total.
The Lancers fell just short against the Rams, who had more swimming depth at their disposal for relays.
“We’re just not super deep team like we have been in years past,” Lancers head coach Nick Daddabbo said. “I think that plays a role going late into meets and it has been a season trend for us.”
A positive for Bristol Eastern was the performance of its divers.
The Lancers took first, second and third in diving, led by Zoe DiChello in first, Emily Mulcunry in second and Rachel Gorreault taking third place.
Before diving was the 50 freestyle event, in which Bristol Central took the top two spots to give the Rams a 34-28 advantage.
After taking the top three spots in diving, the Lancers held a 41-37 lead and maintained that lead all the way up until the last event.
Bristol Central’s Curtis and Camille Attle took first and second place for Bristol Central in the 50 freestyle.
Attle, a freshman for the Rams, has been one of the better swimmers for Bristol Central this season and is looking forward to the next three years.
“Our team is a really strong one,” Attle said. “We always push each other and have each other’s back and I trust my teammates.”
In the 100 backstroke, Curtis took first place for the Rams.
Ailey Driscoll placed first in the 100 butterfly and Mackenzie Pina came in first in the 100 freestyle for Bristol Central.
Bristol Eastern’s Hope Johnsky finished first in the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle, concluding her final regular season meet with a strong performance.
“Today we were pretty confident and motivated to win,” senior captain Johnsky said. “Even though we came out with a loss, the passion really showed today and that’s important whether you win or lose”
While Bristol Eastern had its chance, the depth of Bristol Central was too much in the end.
For the Rams seniors, taking this one against the cross city rival was special.
“Honestly, being on this team for four years since my freshman year, it’s been hard,” Curtis said. “The first two years we weren’t as good and we didn’t have the depth that we have now, and having the depth now just makes everything so much better, and I think that we have such a strong team and it just makes me so happy.”
Bristol Central finishes the regular season 10-2 overall, while Bristol Eastern finishes 7-9.
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