Penguins place second again at RIMA Championships

Penguins place second again at RIMA Championships

Lincoln High seniors Natalie Jorge and Lily Jacobson, who wrapped up their outstanding careers with the LHS girls’ swim team last month, also finished their Penguins’ careers on a high note by helping their team claim the second-place trophy at the RIMA Championships that were held on March 10 at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth’s Tripp Athletic Center.
Boys & Girls Club swim team loads up on first places, personal-best times

DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs of Northern Rhode Island’s Penguins swim team produced a second-place finish for the second straight winter at the RIMA (Rhode Island and Massachusetts) Championships that were held on Sunday, March 10, at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth’s Tripp Athletic Center.

It was an exciting and close meet throughout the day, but thanks to several top finishes and personal-best times from their swimmers, the Penguins were able to come away with their runner-up trophy. The Penguins also won RIMA age-group titles in the boys’ 13-14 and girls’ 9-10 divisions.

Ruhan Chandra began the morning with a pair of first-place finishes in the 25-yard freestyle (18.84 seconds) and 25-yard breaststroke (22.16) and a second place in the 25-yard backstroke (23.97).

In the girls’ 9-10 division, Sofia Pereira swept the 50-yard freestyle (33.87 seconds) and 50-yard backstroke (41.86); Giabella Lamoureux captured the 50-yard butterfly (42.28), and Samantha Jacinto took second in the 50-yard breaststroke (49.01). In the boys’ 9-10 division, Andres Puerta also placed third in the 50-yard backstroke (46.93).

The boys’ 11-12 division saw Sam Dorion finish second in the 50-yard breaststroke (42.34 seconds), and in the boys’ 13-14 division, Anderson Jacinto placed second in the 50-yard freestyle (28.04) and third in the 100-yard backstroke (1:17.37); Pat Riordan took second in the 200-yard individual medley (2:40.70) and third in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:24.02), and Nathan Leonard was third in the 100-yard butterfly (1:20.34).

Morgan McCann added a first place in the girls’ 13-14 division’s 100-yard breaststroke (1:18.90) and third places in the 50-yard freestyle (27.99 seconds) and 200-yard individual medley (2:33.96).

Lincoln High senior Lily Jacobson, who competed in the girls’ 15-18 division, placed second in the 100-yard freestyle (1:02.12) and third in the 50-yard freestyle (27.94 seconds), and her classmate, Natalie Jorge, also finished second in the 100-yard butterfly (1:11.88).

The Penguins also enjoyed success in the relay events, scoring big points throughout the meet. For the girls, the 9-10 division’s 200-yard freestyle relay of Hannah Fleige, Samantha Jacinto, Lamoureux, and Pereira won its event in a time of 2:28.39, and the 15-18 division’s relay team of Hannah Leonard, Allison Picchioni, Jorge, and Jacobson took first place in 1:58.12.

The boys’ 11-12 division’s 200-yard freestyle relay team of Nate Blood, Eric Roy, Dorion, and Jaiden Pontbraind captured its race in 2:15.33, and the boys’ 13-14 division’s 200-yard freestyle relay team of Tyler McDonald, Harry Kenyon, Riordan, and Anderson Jacinto also placed first in 2:01.90.

The girls’ 11-12 division’s 200-yard freestyle relay team of Leah Mandeville, Gabby Bliss, Molly Riordan, and Meghan McCann also finished second in 2:16.46, and the boys’ 13-14 division’s relay squad of Robbie Kenyon, Jared Scribner, Jack Correia, and Leonard took third place in 2:10.90.

Head coach Michelle Nunez, who is her second season coaching the Penguins, was thrilled with the results of her team’s RIMA season, which also saw the Penguins finish their dual-meet season with an 8-1 record.

“I’m excited with how great this season has gone,” Nunez said. “Our swimmers worked very hard and it showed. We have set a really strong foundation for the Penguins’ swim team, and I cannot wait to see our continued success.”

The Penguins will be back in the water beginning their spring/summer swim session on April 23. The Penguins also offers learn-to-swim programs, starting at 6 months old, for all levels and abilities. Contact the Boys & Girls Clubs at 401-333-4850 for more details.