NP boys’ swim team stays unbeaten at 6-0, raises win streak to 20 meets

NP boys’ swim team stays unbeaten at 6-0, raises win streak to 20 meets

NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence High boys’ swim team upped its Stoyko Division dual-meet record to 6-0 last week by rolling to a 53-41 victory over Cranston East and a 48-46 win over Westerly in the Cougars’ virtual swim at the North Providence Pool & Fitness Center.

The two wins also extended NP’s win streak to 20 meets, which dates back to the 2018-19 season. NP had spent the past two seasons swimming its dual meets in the lower-tier Brother Anthony Division before returning to the state’s middle division.

The meet with Westerly was close from start to finish, but saw the Cougars pull out the victory by taking the top two spots in the second-to-last event, the 100-yard breaststroke, and placing second in the 400-yard freestyle relay finale behind the team of Tony Azevedo, Taj Wehbe, Jayden Ortiz, and Nick Camacho.

Jason Kudish led the way for the Cougars by claiming the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:09.94 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:34.63 and helping the 200-yard medley relay team of Ortiz, Wehbe, and Azevedo win its event in 1:53.38.

Vinny Cotoia, whose runner-up finish in the breaststroke helped the Cougars score the eight points they needed to hold off the Bulldogs, also won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:31.43, and also capturing events were Azevedo (50-yard freestyle, 24.64 seconds) and Wehbe (100-yard butterfly, 1:03.17).

Winning events for NP in its victory over Cranston East were Kudish in the breaststroke and 500-yard freestyle, Azevedo in the 50-yard freestyle, and Wehbe in the butterfly. The Cougars also swept the three relay events and saw the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Nick Camacho, Oscar Camacho, Azevedo, and Kudish win its race in 1:46.75.

The girls’ squad, meanwhile, split last week’s action by grabbing a 52-40 win over Cranston East and suffering a 58-35 loss to Westerly. Andrea Cortes was NP’s lone swimmer to pick up a win in both meets, as she won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:31.93.

The Cougars, who are 3-3, also received victories in their win over Cranston East from Autumn Card in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:19.64), Christine Pietkiewicz in the 200-yard freestyle (2:19.32), Cortes in the 500-yard freestyle (6:13.25), and the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Cassie Russo, Valentina Lopez, Card, and Cortes (1:59.23) and medley relay team of Russo, Card, Cortes, and Pietkiewicz (2:07.72).

The Cougars will wrap up their dual-meet season on Friday at 3:30 p.m. with their virtual swim against Smithfield, which only has a girls’ team this winter, and Rogers.