NP boys’ swim team wraps up D-II season with seventh straight win

NP boys’ swim team wraps up D-II season with seventh straight win

NORTH PROVIDENCE – An amazing regular season came to an magnificent end for the North Providence High boys’ swim team on Monday afternoon, as the Cougars celebrated their ‘Senior Day’ in style by dunking Middletown High, 64-30, at the North Providence Pool & Fitness Center.

The victory was the seventh in a row for the Cougars, who wrap up their schedule with a 7-2 mark, and that’s their best record since they joined the state’s middle division after the 2013-14 campaign. They also ended their season in third place behind the two teams that topped them earlier in the year, the Wheeler School (9-0) and Portsmouth (8-1).

Jeff Lyman and Ryan Kudish each won a pair of individual events to lead the Cougars, as Lyman claimed the 100-meter backstroke (1:06.11) and 200-meter individual medley (2:30.92) and Kudish finished first in the 200-meter (2:21.60) and 500-meter (4:58.32) freestyles. Lyman’s victory in the IM was his seventh in a row, and Kudish’s first place in the 500 freestyle was his fifth straight.

Tony Azevedo (50-meter freestyle, 27.2 seconds) and Cam Erickson (100-meter freestyle, 1:05.25) also won their events, and the Cougars swept the three relay races behind the 200 freestyle team of Erickson, Cam Cesana, Jason Kudish, and Azevedo (1:54.96), 200 medley squad of Lyman, Ryan Kudish, Cesana, and Azevedo (2:02.55), and the 400 freestyle team of Ryan Kudish, Azevedo, Erickson, and Lyman (4:14.68).

Unfortunately for the girls’ team, the Cougars suffered a 52-41 loss to the Islanders that kept them winless in 10 meets. Nevertheless, the Cougars received first place from Ally Azevedo in the 50-meter freestyle (30.36 seconds) and Mabel Huynh in the 200-meter IM (2:07.14).

The Cougars will be back in action at this weekend’s division championships at Roger Williams University’s Aquatic Center. The girls will swim in the Division III meet on Friday at 5 p.m., and the boys will compete in the Division II meet on Saturday at 10 a.m. The RIIL Championships is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 24, at Brown University.