Wellesley senior Will Henshon was one of a few Raiders to led the Wellelsey swim and dive team to a 97-84 win over Hopkinton in both team's season opener.
WELLESLEY — The Morse Pool was rockin’ on Saturday morning at Babson College, and Wellesley's Will Henshon was making some serious waves.
The senior led the Wellelsey swim and dive team to a 97-84 win over Hopkinton in both team's season opener.
The Raiders, who finished 10th overall in last year’s Division 1 state meet, got contributions from a various amount of swimmers but Henshon's performance in the 500-yard freestyle really stood out.
“I thought today went great, a lot of guys stepped up in some really tough spots,” Henshon said. “It was nice to pick up the win today in the 500. It’s not always fun because of how long it is but it was great to come out and compete today.”
Henshon blew the competition out of the water in the 500 freestyle. He finished with a time of 5:40.35 – besting Hopkinton's Zach Holbrow by over five seconds. Henshon was also a part of the 200-freestyle relay (1:41.24) that also won; other swimmers on that relay included Ed Choi, David Cole and Dan Scherrer.
“Dan Scherrer had a really good day, he competed and won a lot of races for us today,” Wellesley coach Jenn Dutton said. “Gary Shou had a great score diving today. There’s a lot of guys who came out and did very well for us in this meet and there’s still a full season to get everyone even better.”
Scherrer won the 200 freestyle (1:58.08) and 100 butterfly (58.93). Choi, a senior, also contributed a lot for Wellesley, winning the 200 individual medley (2:24.43) and the 100 breaststroke (1:08.26). According to Choi, he’s loved the competition at practice so far, along with the effort the underclassmen are putting in.
“A lot of younger guys stepped up for us today. It was a total-team effort,” he said. “Practices have been more competitive this year, which makes us a lot better and more prepared going into meets.”
“We’ve had a lot of swimmers graduate last season, so we need new faces to come in and step up,” Dutton said. “We saw some really great things from some of these kids who’ve never been in the center lane before. They did great; the boys have been working really hard in practice to get them to this point.”
On the Hopkinton side, Alex Matsoukas stood out just like Wellesley's Henshon, Scherrer and Choi. The Hopkinton junior won the 50-yard freestyle (25.25) and 100 freestyle (54.38).
“Alex Matsoukas had a great day,” Hopkinton coach Jeff Libby said. “He’s been working his tail off the last two weeks, really focusing on his stream line and his breakout. I think that’s what helped him win his races today.”
Matsoukas was also on the 200-medley relay (1:54.52) that came in first. The winning relay also featured Blake Briner, Sam Cote and Tyler Fallon.
“I thought the meet went great,” Matsoukas said. “I’m just looking to improve my times and have some good swims throughout the season.”
Also starring for the Hillers was senior diver Jack Brennan, who won the one-meter dive with a score of 212.03. Still, Brennan thinks he has room for improvement.
“We swam hard and did our best today,” he said. “I thought I did alright; it wasn’t my best meet. But it’s a good way to look at it knowing that I have the whole season to get better on what I need to improve on.”
Rounding out the top finishers for Hopkinton, Briner won the 100 backstroke in a time of 1:05.28.
According to Libby, he hasn't set too many goals for this group. The second-year Hopkinton coach, however, is focused on getting his team better every time it steps onto the pool deck.
“Last year we only had a couple of individual qualifiers. We’re trying to grow that number for this team this season,” Libby said. “Our goal is to grow as individuals and get the best swims we can every time we’re in the pool.”
Wellesley's next meet is Dec. 18 against Ashland at Babson College. Hopkinton will be back in action on Wednesday, when it hosts Norton at Keefe Tech.
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