Swimmers Take Third at NEPSSA Championships, Will Powers Repeats as Individual Champion

Brunswick finished third at the Division I New England Championships at Hotchkiss on Sunday, as Will Powers repeated as 500-freestyle champion. The Bruins (296 points) trailed only event-winner Andover (401) and second-place Suffield (312.5). Last season, the Bruins finished seventh at the event.
Heading into the weekend, the Bruins qualified 22 swimmers for the NEPSSA Championships.
On Saturday, Brunswick qualified 15 racers for the Sunday finals. Thirteen of the 15 swimmers were competing in the ‘A’ finals, giving the Bruins a strong opportunity to produce plenty of team points.
Powers, a back-to-back NEPSSA champion in the 500-freestyle, highlighted a number of impressive results for the Bruins, including a pair of All-American Consideration (AAC) times by Marcus Hodgson. The freshman earned national recognition in the 100-freestyle (45.54) and the 50 freestyle (20.89) during the preliminary trials on Saturday.
In the 100-freestyle finals, Hodgson (46.30) took fourth place, while Keegan Drew (47.02) finished in seventh.
Cole Pierce, Jack Sparks, Christian Farricker, and Hodgson finished fourth in the 200-medley relay.
The trio of Drew, Powers, and James Simone touched the wall in fifth, sixth and seventh place, respectively, in the 200-freestyle.  Drew broke a team record over the weekend with a time of 1:42.26.
Brunswick continued to add points in the 200-IM with second and third place finishes by Farricker and Pierce. Farricker’s time of 1:53.18 was the second Brunswick record of the weekend. 
In the 100-butterfly, Farricker finished fourth (51.54), while Thacher Scannell was 12th.
The 500-freestyle, a strength of the Bruins’ program, was a one-two-five finish for Brunswick, as Powers won the event and the New England crown. Simone took second, as Scannell finished in fifth.
Farricker, Simone, Powers, and Drew placed fifth in the 200-freestyle relay, setting a Brunswick record (1:28.56) and knocking more than one second off the previous mark.
The 100-backstroke was the final individual event of the day for Brunswick. Pierce picked up another medal, finishing in third with a time of 51.68, while Alex Morgan was 11th.
The team of Hodgson, Pierce, Powers, and Keegan Drew finished the day with a fourth-place finish in the 400-freestyle relay, adding another team record. The quartet’s time of 3:06.00 shaved .34 seconds off an AAC time set last week.
Top Team Scores:
Andover - 401
Suffield - 312.5
Brunswick - 296
Choate - 243
Deerfield - 225.5
Exeter - 209
Loomis - 202
    • (L to R) James Simone, Will Powers (photo credit: Caleb Osemobor)

    • Marcus Hodgson (photo credit: Caleb Osemobor)

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