Suburban swimmers shine in Ehrlich Mile

It’s every man for himself as the boys race begins and the swimmers fight for positioning on the jump.

By Michael Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

On Friday, boys and girls from across the region competed in the Ehrlich Mile Swim at Dug Pong in Natick. The swim including representatives from the Walpole Barracudas, Sherborn Snappers, Medfield Marlins, Needham Sharks, and Westwood Waves of the Suburban Summer Swim League. The event, which is often thought of as being one of, if not the biggest swim meet of the summer for local adolescent swimmers, consists of 50-plus competitors from 12 different towns.

Visually speaking, the Ehrlich Mile Swim is a sight to behold, owing to the unique venue and the sheer number of competitors, onlookers, and supporters it draws annually.

The Framingham Frogs took home first place in the girls division (54 points), second place in the boys (53 points), and first (107 total) in the overall team competition.

Zoie Howard’s second straight first-place finish and third consecutive placement in the top two catapulted the Needham girls (98 points) to a third-place overall finish. The Needham boys (77 points) also put together a solid performance with a third-place finish.

A swimmer makes her final break towards the finish during the girls heat of Friday’s Jim Ehrlich Mile Swim at Dug Pond in Natick.

A swimmer makes her final break towards the finish during the girls heat of Friday’s Jim Ehrlich Mile Swim at Dug Pond in Natick.

Despite a having a rather young team, the Walpole boys (134 points) finished tied for fourth, while the girls (150 points) placed seventh.

“We had a young team this year,” said Walpole head coach Cheryl Cavanaugh. The boys tied for fourth and the girls seventh. A lot were swimming this event for the first time, so I was really happy with our results all things considered. Pretty good day.”

Medfield placed eighth in the girls (158 points) division and seventh in the boys (163 points). The Sherborn girls finished sixth with 130 points, and the boys placed 10th with 202. Both the Westwood boys (214) and girls (239) placed 11th.

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