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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 01-10-2019

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tive experience, then we did our job." The Mounties certainly did their job in their season- opening dual meet on Dec. 11 on the road against East Providence. Thanks to big meets by sophomore Allie Melnychuk; the team's only two seniors, Olivia Charbonneau and Molly Bogner; and junior Katherine O'Brien, they were able to bus home with a 51-36 victory. Melnychuk, who is coming off a solid freshman season with the Mounties, captured a pair of events, the 100- yard freestyle (1:10.96) and breaststroke (1:25.38), to lead the way, and she also swam on the first-place 200- yard freestyle relay team of freshman Olivia Antonelli, O'Brien, and Bogner, which posted a time of 2:17.52. Charbonneau, a four-year swimmer for the Mounties who helped the girls' team capture the Division III cham- pionship in 2016, won the 100-yard backstroke (1:23.56), placed second in the 100-yard butterfly, and helped the 400-yard freestyle relay team of junior Sophia Trenouth, sophomore Isabelle Tanner, and O'Brien win its event in a time of 5:31.17. Bogner, who is a transfer from the defunct Marian High School in Framingham, Mass., took first place in the 200-yard individual medley (3:22.55), and O'Brien also added second places in the 50-yard and 500-yard butterfly events. Unfortunately for the Mounties, the Cougars topped them last Thursday by a 65-28 score. Melnychuk pro- duced Mount's only victory in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:25.38) and finished second in the 200-yard I.M., and O'Brien again had two runner-up finishes in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyles. "I graduated half my team last year," added Evans. "A couple of girls transferred to different schools, but most of our girls came back and we picked up four freshmen. It's a small team, and they're all just 12-week-a-year swimmers; there's not a single club swimmer on the roster. But we have a middle school team that's all girls and has about a dozen kids on it. It has five or six 8th- graders, so we look good for the future – graduate two, maybe bring in five or six more. I'm hoping this is a building year, so we'll see what happens." On the boys' side, the Mounties carried just a nine- man roster last winter, but five swimmers graduated and another one transferred to another school. "And we had no middle schoolers coming up for the boys, so we're just going to go with what we got," Evans added. Senior four-year swimmer Zac Robinson and junior Ryan Breitenbach are Mount's lone swimmers, but they've done their part to rack up points in their meets and work toward qualifying for next month's RIIL Championships at Brown University. In their season-opening 36-12 loss to East Providence, Robinson won the 100-yard freestyle (1:03.77) and took second in the 100-yard backstroke, and Breitenbach finished second in the 50-yard freestyle and third in the NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET | VALLEY BREEZE | JANUARY 10-16, 2019 SPORTS & RECREATION 13 BREEZE PHOTOS BY ERIC BENEVIDES Mount Saint Charles senior OLIVIA CHARBONNEAU placed third in the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard backstroke during last Thursday afternoon's girls' meet against North Providence. A four-year swimmer for the Mounties, Charbonneau helped Mount win the Division III championship in 2016. Mount Saint Charles senior ZAC ROBINSON gets ready for the start of the 100-yard backstroke during last Thursday's meet against North Providence at the Woonsocket YMCA. Robinson won the event in a time of 1:10.62 and added a sec- ond-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle, but the Mounties' two-man boys' team suffered a 73-14 loss. IN BRIEF Novans' Coles enters year ranked fourth nationally in weight WOONSOCKET – Woonsocket High sophomore Logan Coles, who is a thrower on the Villa Novan boys' indoor track and field team, entered 2019 as the nation's fourth-ranked high school weight thrower, thanks to his throw of 69 feet, 2½ inches earlier this season. The country's top-ranked thrower is Trey Knight of Ridgefield, Wash., whose best throw this winter is 80-2½, and tied for second place with 71-4 throws are Classical High senior Jacob Furland and Tanner Duffin of Chamblee, Ga. Last year, Coles became the first freshman in Woonsocket High his- tory to earn All-American honors, as he placed fifth in the hammer at the New Balance National Outdoor Track & Field Championships at North Carolina A&T University. Also ranked in the top 20 nationally on the girls' side in the weight is senior Marissa Henley, whose throw of 47-7¾ has her ranked 16th. BMR Athletic Hall of Fame announces this year's inductees BLACKSTONE – The Blackstone- Millville Regional Athletic Hall of Fame committee announced its Class of 2019 last Friday afternoon, and five individuals will be recognized on Wednesday, Jan. 30, during a half- time ceremony at the boys' basketball team's 6:30 p.m. game against Dual Valley Conference rival Nipmuc. The class consists of Brett Buskey (Class of 2011, track and field), Kevin Powers (Class of 2006, basketball), Michael Trudel (Class of 1992, basket- ball, cross country), Lesley Kelly (Class of 1985, field hockey, basketball, track and field), and longtime athletic boost- er and volunteer Tony Killian. The BMR Athletic Hall of Fame was started in 2013 and created to honor and recognize outstanding individuals who have made significant accom- plishments, achievements, and con- tributions to the school's athletic pro- gram. 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