MILFORD, N.H. – The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem Sea Lions Swim Team turned in its best performance of the summer season, finishing third at the 45th Annual Milford Rotary Swim Meet at Keyes Memorial Park in Milford.
The 21-person team managed to stay in first place overall in Division One’s seven-team battle through the end of individual competition. It was only in the last round of relay action that the team slipped to third being outpointed by eventual winner Saco Valley Swim Team and the New Ipswich Breakers.
The meet found the Sea Lions taking a number of Top Five finishes and numerous personal best times. The top swimmers were the brother-sister combination of Julian and Sophia Militello, who captured three first place finishes each. Julian, in the 8-and-under boys age group, won the 25 free (22.47), 25 back (24:81), and 50 free (50.47). While Sofia, in the 6-and-under, won the 25 free (31:34), 25 back (36:12) and 50 free (1:10:06).
Clarise Ochoa, 11, managed wins in the girl’s 12-and-under 200 individual medley (2:4243), and 50 breast (1:06:07).
In the 13-14 age group, Carmela Souza took a (1:19:25) victory in the 100 breast, while teammate and fellow age grouper Colby Adams won the boys 200 individual medley win with a (2:54:13) victory. Along with Adams, teammates Brendan and Dylan Kerr managed a one-two finish in the 100 back, Brendan checking in at (1:22:91) while Dylan captured second in (1:27:66). Dylan also went on to take first in the boys 100 butterfly in (1:22:47).
In senior girl’s action, Celeste Souza also won the 200 individual medley in a time of (2:38:16).
Team relay action was also equally successful, with the team of Riley Miitello, Nicholas Burke, Sergei Kirilin and Nick Brennan taking the boys 11-12 200 medley relay, (4:01:93), while the team of Cecilia Souza, Carmela Souza, Emily MacIver and Kyra Stariknok took the 13-14 girls 200 medley relay in (2:38:94). The girls 15-19 200 freestyle relay team of Hannah Carey, Maddie Craig, Brooke Fraser and Celeste Souza came in second with a (2:16:03) showing.