Wellesley girls capture DII swim title

The Wellesley High School girls swim team poses with their Division II state championship banner on Sunday at MIT. Photo by Wellesley Athletics.

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

The Wellesley High School girls captured the program’s first-ever Division II swimming and diving championship on Sunday afternoon at MIT.

Led by freshman sensation and individual state champ Naomi Boegholm in both the 200 individual medley (2:10.92) and 200 freestyle relay (1:39.63), the Raiders dominated the day following a second place finish (1:50.24) to only Ursuline in the 200 medley relay to begin the afternoon. Wellesley’s strongest collective event, the 200 freestyle, saw the Raiders earn placements at fourth, seventh, eighth and ninth. Wellesley combined for a ridiculous 31 top-16 finishes throughout the afternoon.

Nellie Thompson placed second in both the 50 freestyle (0:24.59) and 100 freestyle (0:53.39) with teammate Keleya Rochelle finishing fourth (0:24.82) and fifth (0:54.72) respectively. Boegholm also placed fourth in the 100 backstroke at 0:59.91.

Iris Xia (1:09.21) placed second in the 100 breaststroke. Lil Gross placed fourth in the 200 freestyle (1:58.73). Molly Jordan (2:15.91) placed fifth in the 200 individual medley. The 400 freestyle relay team also placed second (3:35.85).

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