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The North Providence Breeze 02-06-2019

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North Providence Edition Sports & Recreation FEBRUARY 6-12, 2019 @ NORTH PROVIDENCE – There are still a meet or two remaining in the North Providence High swim teams' dual-meet seasons, but in head coach Crystal Bozigian and her swimmers' eyes, there's no meet bigger on their schedule than next week's divisional championships at Roger Williams University. The Cougars took on neighboring rival Smithfield in their Brother Anthony Division showdown last Thursday at the North Providence Pool & Fitness Center with one eye on continuing their winning ways, and the other eye on improving their times and doing the little things that will help get them prepared for next week's extravaganza. The boys' team was able to outlast a four-man Smithfield team, 49-26, for its fifth straight vic- tory, but the girls' team was unable to top the Sentinels in what was a battle for second place in the standings, as Smithfield came away with a 54-40 victory that improved its record to 6-1 and halted NP's five-meet win streak. While the boys improved to 5-1, the girls slipped to 5-2, but wins and losses, in front of a full house at the Cougars' pool, were the furthest things from the minds of head coach Crystal Bozigian and assistant coach Steve Muccino. "It's all about divisions," Bozigian noted. "We kind of built today's meet just to be a little bit of a dress rehearsal, as we're trying to get people who already swim their events just that little bit faster, so maybe the placements in their lanes at divisions, or even the heat that they're in, ends up giving them that competitive advantage." "And for some people, it was their first time swimming in events," she added, "because now we're looking for that third or fourth spot to fill in the lineup card at divisions." Both the boys' and the girls' teams gave excep- tional performances at last year's divisional meets. The boys, who went 7-2 last season, com- peted in the Division II meet and came home with the second-place plaque, and the girls, which went winless, took part in the D-III meet and placed fourth, missing a top-three finish by just 11 points. Only seven workouts separated the Cougars from last Thursday afternoon's meet to the divi- sional meets – the girls will be back at the D-III meet on Friday, Feb. 15, and the boys will return to the D-II event the following morning – and even though she gave her swimmers last Friday off from the pool, Bozigian expected to get in Working for next weekend NP swim teams hope to repeat success at division meets By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES Junior CAM ERICKSON, shown com- peting in the 100-meter backstroke during last Thursday's meet against Smithfield, won the 100- meter free- style in a time of 1:03.20 to help lead the boys' team to a 49-26 vic- tory that was the Cougars' fifth win in six meets. 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