SANDWICH ─ What do you get when combine three talented seniors, a strong junior, and one spot-on diver? Nauset's record-setting performance in the 2017 Bay Colony Conference Relay Carnival.
Setting a new meet record in the 200-yard medley relay were Nauset's Carlisle Nash, Jack Johnson, Tanner Cornell, and Coleman Norton, who blew away the previous record of 1:48.47 with their time of 1:44.69 to qualify for States.
Also proving to be a shining star in the overall event was Nauset diver Delaney Smith who broke the school record with her stellar performance, which earned her a final score of 178.25.
“Our boys showed they are perhaps the strongest in the league,” said Nauset head swim coach Justin Bohannon. “Having a diver this year, especially one as talented as Delaney, adds a great new dimension to our team.”
The competition, held at Sandwich High School, featured not only the host team Blue Knights, but also the Nauset Warriors, the Barnstable Red Raiders, the Nantucket Whalers, the combined team of St. John Paul II/Cape Cod Academy, and Sacred Heart.
While Nantucket prevailed with 210 points overall, Nauset earned a strong second place at 117 thanks to the aforementioned successes, along with a number of solid performances, beginning with the girls 200-yard medley relay in which the Warriors team of Molly Rudman, Rae Gainey, Gabby Dadoly, and Katie Walters swimming to a third-place finish of 2:08.6.
Nauset earned another third-place spot in the girls 200-yard freestyle relay with Helen Gainey, Hannah Brunelle, Catie Crowell, and Katie Walters earning a time of 1:57.11, while in the boys 200 freestyle the Warriors placed fourth with John Szucs, Bennett Deering, Jake Whitfield, and Ryan Pisch earning a time of 1:48.96.
The Warriors prevailed in the mixed 200 backstroke relay with Johnson, Abby Ricciardi, Rudman, and Nash posting a top time of 1:57.05, with the team of Pisch, Szucs, Sarah Foley, and Helen Gainey placing fourth in the event at 2:16.17.
Catie Crowell, Gabby Dadoly, Tanner Cornell and Coleman Norton combined forces for a second-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly relay, posing a time of 1:53.18, while in the mixed 400 IM Nauset's Pisch, Dory Carlson, and Kate and Rae Gainey placed fourth at 5:18.68.
The Warriors earned first place in the mixed 400 medley relay with Rudman, Johnson, Dadoly, and Norton earning a finish of 4:11.47, with the team of Hunter MacDonald, Caroline Donoghue, Kate Gainey, and Bennett Deering earning fifth in the event at 5:18.06.
In the mixed 500 freestyle relay Walters, Nash, Norton, and Catie Crowell earned a second-place finish at 4:55.16, with Pisch, Rae Gainey, Helen Gainey, and Dory Carlson placing fourth in the mixed 200 breaststroke relay, while in the mixed 400 yard freestyle relay the team of Nash, Crowell, Ricciardi and Tanner Cornell came in second at 4:00.63.
Next up for the Warriors is a home meet against Sandwich tomorrow night (Dec. 15) at Willy's Gym in Eastham with a 6 p.m. start.