CCHS winter athletes stack up wins at state tournaments  

February 18, 2024

The Concord-Carlisle girls swimming and diving team won its first-ever state championship in the MIAA Division One state championships at MIT’s Zesinger Sports and Fitness Center on February 17.  

It was the second state title for the Patriots in the 2023-24 school year, the first having gone to the boys’ soccer team, which won in the fall.    

The girls team broke through after finishing runner-up in four of the last five state meets: 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2022. (There was no 2021 meet due to Covid.)  

The Patriots dominated the meet by scoring in each of the 12 events for a total of 381 points, beating Lincoln-Sudbury by 105.5 points.  

Alana Leen (24) and Elisabeth Reiling (27) led the way for the Patriots. Leen won the 200 IM and finished second in the 100 Backstroke. Reiling won the 50 freestyle and was third in the 100 Free. They were also part of two winning relay teams. For Leen, it was the 200 Freestyle and the 400 Free. Reiling was on the 200 Medley Relay and the 400 Free Relay. The 400 Free team of Reiling, Leen, Bea Turrettini, and Reese Philipps finished in 3:36.82, a school record, breaking the old mark by three seconds. Turrenttini also had a big day with a second-place finish in the 500 Freestyle, breaking the school record with 5:10.52 and a second-place finish in the 200 Freestyle.  

Maisey O’Donnell won her first state title in diving with a score of 468.55  

“It was a great day, a real team effort,” Head Coach Matt Goldberg said. “Everyone swam and dove well, were supportive, and great teammates.”  

Indoor Track and Field competed in the MIAA Division 2 Track and Field Championship at the Reggie Lewis State Track Center on February 16.  

The girls’ team came in fourth place with 32 points.  

Charlotte DiRocco earned 15 points in two individual events. She won the high jump at 5-04 and was fifth in the 55-meter race. She was also a second place 4×200-meter relay team member with Lauren Zipoli, Claire Beckley, and Alissa Bono, who was .4 of a second behind Algonquin. Maria Chopas set a personal record of 5:17.96 in the mile, earning her fifth place.  

The boys team of Charles MacDonald, Sawyer Bout, Christopher Lando, and William Anstey earned points in the 4×800-meter relay with a sixth-place finish.  

Wrestling: Penn Boger (’27) took third place at 106 pounds in the Division One state tournament at Newton South on February 17. He also earned a trophy for the most pins in the least time. Julia Vuckovic finished third in her weight class in the girls tournament.  

The Patriots finished in tenth place.