They're young, talented and appear ready to make a splash in the pools around the state.
Belmont High School Girls Swim team won going away against Woburn High Friday, Sept. 14, at Belmont's pool, hitting 91 points (which secures a swim meet win) with the final relay still to be swam.
"The girls really stepped up today," said Ev Crosscup, long-time Belmont head coach. "We had to make several changes (to which event certain swimmers would do) because Woburn certainly provided a nice challenge for us. I couldn't be more proud how they met that challenge."
Crossup point to Taylor Coutinho (1st in the 100 yard breast stroke in 1:16.81) who was switched to the breast stroke and came out with her best time that qualified her for the state meet in November and Maya Nagashima (1st in the 100 yard backstroke in 1:05 flat) as two swimmers who provided efforts to bring Belmont the victory.
Notable performances included Angela Li who swam away from everyone to win the 200 yard individual medley in 2:33.22, 8 seconds clear of a pair of Woburn swimmers, Eunice Lee winning the 100 butterfly in 1:07.22 followed by Reina Nagashima in 1:10.42 and Jessie Blake West and Emily Butte going 1-2 in the 100 Yard free in 57.97 and 1:00.06.
Belmont clinched the meet by going 1,2 and 4 in the 200 yard freestyle with Lee, Blake West, Butte and Ana Pulak taking the win in 1:48.16.
While the swimmers were having a good day, Belmont's freshman diver Thea Kelsey just keeps breaking records. In the first meet of the season, Kelsey broke the school's freshman scoring record and broke that record each time she stepped on the board. Performing six dives that included four in the tuck and two in the pike position, the 9th grader scored 137.95 points, receiving three 8s and no score lower than 6.5.