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The North Providence Breeze 01-09-2019

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North Providence Edition Sports & Recreation JANUARY 9-15, 2019 @ NP swim teams dunk Mounties Young girls' squad continues turnaround with second victory By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor WOONSOCKET – For the past four seasons, the North Providence High swimming program has seen its boys' team take top billing, and for good reason. Since their promotion from Division III to II after the 2013-14 season, the boys had won their fair share of dual meets, and no season was better than last winter's, which saw them end their reg- ular-season schedule with seven straight victories and then grab second place at the D-II champion- ship meet at Roger Williams University. The girls, meanwhile, had struggled against their D-II competition, totaling just four victories during that time. But after watching their girls' team improve their record to 2-1 last Thursday afternoon by cruis- ing to a 65-28 victory over Mount Saint Charles Academy at the Woonsocket YMCA's pool, NP head coach Crystal Bozigian and assistant coach Steve Muccino agreed that there could be a shift in the limelight, with their girls poised to have a superb season. After dropping its season opener to Classical, the girls' team snapped an 11-meet losing streak dating back to last winter by squeaking out a 49-45 win over Pilgrim on Dec. 18 at Warwick's McDermott Pool. And while that win was certainly a thrill for the Cougars, so was their victory over the Mounties, which saw NP win 10 of the meet's 11 events. "I'm happy the girls are getting a taste of win- ning," Bozigian said. "It's been good for them. I think our boys are going to do fine and it's going to be kind of status quo for them, but it seems like the excitement is on the girls' side, and I think they're going to be the surprise of the season." Two reasons why Bozigian is optimistic about her girls' team are two of the freshmen that joined the team, Andrea Cortes and Cassie Russo, and both 9th-graders showed last Thursday that they indeed have a bright future with the Cougars by each cap- turing a pair of individual events and helping two relay teams win their races. Cortes, who also won two individual events in the win over Pilgrim, captured the 200-yard free- style event in a time of 2:15.47 and the 500-yard freestyle in 6:19.97, and Russo, who broke her nose in a freak accident during the Cougars' first practice of the season and just returned to the pool over the Christmas break, made a dynamic debut by winning the 100-yard backstroke in 1:10.25 and 200-yard individual medley in 2:38.63. Cortes and Russo also joined junior Marie Sinyan and sophomore Valentina Lopez on the Cougars' 200-yard freestyle relay team that won its event in 2:02.38 and 200-yard medley relay team that also took first place in 2:13.34. Speaking of Sinyan and Lopez, they are two of the Cougars' top returnees, as are Mabel Huynh, the lone senior on the team, and junior Erin McKeen. Huynh, Sinyan, and McKeen are the girls' captains, and Bozigian likes the idea of hav- ing two juniors share in the captaincy because BREEZE PHOTOS BY ERIC BENEVIDES North Providence sophomore VINNY COTOIA, shown swimming in the butterfly portion of the 200-yard indi- vidual medley during last Thursday afternoon's meet at the Woonsocket YMCA, captured the I.M. in a time of 2:30.62, took second place in the 100-yard breaststroke, and swam on two winning relay teams to help the boys' team defeat Mount Saint Charles, 73-14. Left, North Providence junior MARIE SINYAN won the 50-yard freestyle in 37 seconds to help the girls' team cruise past Mount Saint Charles for its second victory in three meets. Right, North Providence sophomore JEFF COTOIA, shown competing in the 100-yard backstroke during last Thursday's meet, won the 100- yard butterfly in a time of 1:11.16, finished second in the back- stroke, and also helped two relay teams win their races. See SWIMMING, Page 10 Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Building 3, Suite 307, Lincoln, RI 401-475-6116 OPEN CAPTION MOVIES FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED! Did you know CinemaWorld in Lincoln shows Open Caption Movies Daily! Go to for showtimes FREE MOVIE PASS Ask about a At your next visit at Hear for You! Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor are welcome from readers. Please: • Limit to 500 words. Longer letters may appear online only. • Letters on local or state topics and issues will take precedence over those on national issues. • No more than one letter per person every 8 weeks, please. • All letters must be signed and include a hometown. Send by e-mail to:, or mail to The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 204, Lincoln, RI 02865.

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