Correction: It was earlier reported that Hopkinton won its fourth Tri-Valley League Championship in a row. The Hillers have won three straight TVL titles.
With the depth and talent to take on anyone in the league, it is easy to see why Hopkinton was seen as the favorite going to the Tri-Valley League Championship Meet.
Beating second place finisher Medfield by 469 points, the Hopkinton Hillers were once again crowned the swimming champions of the TVL. The win is the Hillers third championship in a row.
Led by senior captain and twins John and Paul Lagasse, the Hillers took eight of the boys events. John walked away as the league champion in the boys 100 breaststroke (1:04.91) while Paul was a double individual champion with wins in the 50 freestyle (23.75) and 100 freestyle (51.93). Not to be outdone was younger brother Kevin Legasse who earned a first place finish in the 200 freestyle (1:52.80).
Aside from the first place finishes, the Hillers quickly scored points with multiple finishers in the top 10.
“We got a lot of kids in that third through tenth range. Our relays swam incredible and our girls really stepped up,” Hopkinton head coach Bryan King said.
The Hillers had no problem in the relays winning five of the six relay races. The girls 400 freestyle survived a surge from the Dover-Sherborn A team to finish with a time of 4:01.63 to D-S’ time of 4:02.12.
“They worked as a team. When I think about four kids in a relay is they all have a little part in it,” King said.
On the diving board, the Hillers got wins from both Jason Cardillo (196.25 points) and Renee Salois (229.60). Hopkinton also took the top three spots in the girls’ dive.
Carley Adams was the lone individual swimming winner for the Hillers with a victory in the 100 breasstroke (1:11.40)
Medfield’s seven first place finishes were good enough to end the meet in second place. Connor Haley took both the 200 IM (2:09.79) and the 100 backstroke (58.02). Connor Davis earned a win in the 100 butterfly (55.95). Alec Haley was the fourth member of the boys team to win an event with a victory in the 500 freestyle (5:04.91).
The girls’ 200 Freestyle relay (1:52.37) was the only team not from Hopkinton to win a relay. Sarah Nisbet and Jen Alban earned league titles in the 50 freestyle (35.98) and 100 butterfly (1:03.06)
Several members of the TVL will take part in next weekend’s MIAA Sectional Meet at MIT.
1. Hopkinton - 1,295.50
2. Medfield - 826.50
3. Dover-Sherborn - 757
4. Holliston - 580
5. Ashland - 472
6. Norton - 426