Swimming Standouts Lead Rye to Victory Over Mamaroneck

Paced by four first place finishes from seniors Kevin Hughes and Chris Lyons, the Rye boys’ swimming and diving team defeated Boston Post Road rival Mamaroneck 92-81 January 10 at Hommocks Middle School.

Kevin Hughes

Hughes won both the 500- and 200-meter freestyle events for the Garnets, while Lyons touched out all comers in the 200-meter IM and 100-meter butterfly event. Kevin Miller impressed Chris Dewey, Rye’s first-year head coach, with a second place finish to Lyons in the 100 butterfly.

“Finishing first and second is king in this sport,” said Dewey. “Miller was recently named Athlete of the Week by the school, and he’s one of the captains who is a huge help at practice because he’s a vocal leader.”

Sebastian Tanner and Sawyer Turcotte also made waves in Rye’s victory, which improved their record to 2-1. Turcotte backstroked his way to victory in the 100-meter event, and Tanner finished first in the 100-meter breaststroke. Many of Rye’s 31 swimmers were involved in the action, as Dewey has made it a point to give his student-athletes exposure in the pool.

Chris Lyons

Dewey noted the team went through a transition period earlier in the season as he took the head coach reigns from his mother, Carle Fierro. He thanked his support staff, including diving coach Johan Lopez, as well as the seniors and captains for smoothing the process.

“I was the assistant last year, and have worked with my mother in the club scene for many years,” said Dewey. “Swimming is in my family. My mother and uncle, Kip Fierro, both raised me with a higher appreciation for the sport. I grew up in the water and after high school focused solely on working with kids to appreciate swimming and have respect for the amount of work that goes into it. I spend my free time studying the work of many other coaches and my bookshelf is full of training material.”

James Mastraloni

Come season’s end, Dewey wants to send his nine senior Garnets out with some Section hardware. He believes the 200-meter medley team – Hughes, Lyons, Miller, and Carlos Gallagher – has a great chance to win the Section title and advance to States while setting school records along the way.

Rye’s next meet is against Harrison January 21 at Hommocks.

 

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