Fast Chance Meet today

  • Turners Falls swimmer Olivia Whittier has already qualified for the Central/West Div. II meet in the 100 breaststroke, and today she and three teammates will look to qualify in other events when they compete in the Fast Chance Meet. RECORDER FILE PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Turners Falls swimmer Allison Wheeler competes in the 100 backstroke during their meet against Holyoke on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 in Turners Falls. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

Recorder Staff
Friday, February 02, 2018

Four Turners Falls High School swimmers have one final opportunity to qualify for the Central/West Swimming and Diving Championship this morning when they take part in the inaugural Fast Chance Meet.

The meet provides swimmers with one final opportunity to get into the Central/West field, with that meet scheduled for Feb. 11 at Springfield College.

Today’s Fast Chance Meet is split between two locations due to a high volume of competitors. Turners will swim at West Springfield High School, while Minnechaug Regional High School is the other site being used for the event.

“It’s nice that the kids have one more chance to get into the (Central/West meet),” said Turners coach Kelly Liimatainen.

With the addition of Central Mass. schools into the sectional championship this winter for the first time, qualifying times were lowered to make for more competitive fields. As a result of the tougher times, Turners has just one swimmer currently in the Central/West field. That would be freshman Olivia Whittier, who qualified in the 100-yard breaststroke in the team’s very first meet of the season back in December.

Whittier will also be in attendance for today’s Fast Chance Meet, where she will try and qualify for two more individual events along with the 100 breaststroke. Whittier is slated to swim in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle this morning, when competition opens at 9 a.m. in West Springfield. She is 1.92 seconds off the cut in the 50 free and 4.40 seconds off the number in the 100 free.

Sophomore Allison Wheeler is the other member of the Turners girls’ team set to swim this morning. Wheeler will also swim in the 100 freestyle, where she needs to shave about eight seconds off her season-best to qualify for Central/West.

On the boys’ side, sophomore Cameron Bradley has a strong chance to qualify for the Central/West meet in the 100 butterfly, as he’ll swim in the event this morning needing to shave just 0.59 seconds off his season-best time to get in. Bradley will also swim in the 100 backstroke, where he’s 1.70 seconds off the pace.

Senior Nick Taylor rounds out the quartet of Turners swimmers taking part in today’s meet. Taylor will swim in the 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle. His best chance looks to be in the fly, where he’s just over four seconds off the qualifying mark.

Due to the large number of competitors, spectators are not allowed at today’s meets in West Springfield and Wilbraham. Interested viewers will have the chance to watch online however, as the meets are scheduled to be shown on Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/FastChanceMeet/.

Mohawk grapplers share Tri-County crown

It was a wait and see approach for the Mohawk Trail Regional High School wrestling team Wednesday night.

The results went in their favor.

The Warriors needed some help in earning a share of the Tri-County League regular-season championship, and they received exactly that. Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School edged Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School, 40-33, knocking the Vikings from the ranks of the unbeaten.

As a result, all three schools finished with 2-1 records in the TCL, making for a three-team share of the league title.

Mohawk defeated Pathfinder and Gateway Regional High School during the dual meet season, with its lone defeat suffered at the hands of Smith Voke.

Warriors continue dominant ski run

For the fifth time in as many outings, Mohawk skied to a first-place performance during Thursday’s PVIAC Alpine Ski League.

The Warriors, buoyed by all four scoring skiers earning top 10 overall finishes, added to their lead in the season standings. The quartet of Ashley LaCross (second), Taylor Loomis (fifth), Erin Laffond (sixth) and Lizzie Herzig (ninth) continued their outstanding seasons Thursday, as all four have been in the top 10 mix throughout the winter.

The move from the PVIAC South Division to the more competitive North certainly hasn’t been an issue. After winning the South a year ago, Mohawk is cruising toward a North title this winter with two meets remaining, and should be a factor in the postseason PVIAC individual championship slated for Feb. 13.