Brunswick School

Brunswick swimming team places second at NEPSAC Division I Championships

Behind eight first-place finishes and numerous record-setting performances, the Brunswick School swimming team concluded its 2021-2022 season with a meet to remember at the NEPSAC Division I Championships held this past weekend at Phillips Exeter Academy.

Brunswick placed second in the team standings at the 11-team New England championship meet, earning 429.5 team points. The Bruins came close to winning the team title, as Phillips Andover Academy captured the championship with 433 points. Phillips Andover Academy has won the NEPSAC Division I title six times in a row.

The meet commenced with Brunswick’s Lucas Hodgson, Alexander Hazlett, Ben Wu and Ivey Gehring combining to win the 200-yard medley relay in an automatic All-American time of 1:29.95. They also set a pool record on their way to winning the New England title in the event.

In the 200-yard freestyle, Bruins senior Alexander Hazlett finished first in an automatic All-American time of 1:38.71. He also broke the Division I meet record. Brunswick teammate Ryan Ohl was the runner-up in 1:41.70.

The 200-yard individual medley saw Brunswick junior Patchy Mullen earn the silver medal (1:54.42). Christopher Xia from Phillips Andover Academy was the champion (1:52.53) and Bruins sophomore Ben Wu was third (1:54.43).

Hodgson, a senior, was the 50-freestyle winner for the Bruins. He registered an All-American automatic time of 19.91 seconds, which was also a Division I Championships record and a pool record. Gehring took fifth in the 50 freestyle race (21.83).

In diving action, Bruins senior Owen Neviera finished fifth with a score of 260.80 points. Liam Hochman, a Loomis Chaffee senior, won the New England diving championship (386.75).

Hazlett captured the gold medal in the 100 butterfly, clocking in at 48.05, an All-America automatic time. Teammate Jack Moore was fourth in 50.58. Ohl gave the Bruins a first-place finish in the 100 freestyle (46.20), tying Ethan Van De Water from Phillips Exeter Academy.

In the 500 freestyle, Brunswick’s Ben Wu, a sophomore, took fifth in 4:48.48. The Bruins 200-yard freestyle foursome of Hodgson, Gehring, Ohl and Mullen set a pool record and won the event in an All-American automatic time of 1:22.82.

Hodgson was the NEPSAC champion in the 100-yard backstroke, posting a time of 48.587 seconds, an automatic All-American showing and pool record. Mullen finished second in the 100 breaststroke (57.27), while Gehring placed sixth (58.95).

Brunswick ended the meet in impressive fashion, as Ryan Ohl, Wu, Mullen and Hazlett combined for a first-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay (3:03.60) – an All-America automatic time and pool record.

Hazlett was named the Swimmer of the Meet for the Bruins, who also won the team championship at the FAA Championships this season.

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