LS Warriors Make a Splash!


The LS Boys Free Relay celebrates breaking multiple school records at the Division 1 State Meet

On the evening of Tuesday, January 11th the Lincoln-Sudbury Warriors traveled to Weston to face off against the Tide in an epic battle of speed in the pool. High off their massive win the week before at Wayland, the boys looked to keep their win streak going against a competitive Weston team. The LS girls hoped to bounce back from a narrow defeat against Wayland.

From the first dive, the meet was close. Senior captain Ann Badowsky placed second in the diving after a hard-fought competition against Weston’s 2020 Division II State Champion, Charlotte Martinkus, securing an important four points. In the boys diving, crowd favorite freshman Evan Labagnara had a huge meet, coming in first. When the diving results were announced, boys’ senior captain Colton Simon lifted Labagnara into the air like Rafiki holding up Simba on Pride Rock in the Lion King.

The LS boys dominated the pool in the freestyle events, with junior Nolan Schlessman winning the 200 and 100 free, as well as anchoring the 200 and 400 freestyle relays and leading them both to victory. Schlessman split at 47.76 in his leg of the 400 free relay, making up a two-second deficit for a come-from-behind first-place finish. Senior Zachary Halsey also had an excellent meet, winning both the 50 freestyle and the 100 butterfly individual events. Two shoutouts go to senior Patrick Cadogan for a competitive race and a season-best time in the 100 backstroke and senior captain Joshua Cohen for dropping over a second in his 100 butterfly on the season and achieving his fastest midseason time ever. Unfortunately, despite many exciting races, the boys suffered defeat to Weston after a fast, well-fought meet.

In the odd events, a number of fast swims helped secure the LS Warriors Girl’s Swim & Dive team’s first win of 2022. Strong swims from freshmen Joslin Halsey and Bella Newbern in the 100 fly and 200 IM (Halsey) and the 500 free (Newbern) propelled the girls forward. Juniors Bridget Hogan and Alison Graff made important contributions to the girl’s freestyle relays, which both came in first. Overall, the LS girls beat Weston by a slim ten points, a huge win on the road to DCLs.

The weekend before returning from February break, the Lincoln Sudbury Swim and Dive team competed in the State Division 1 Championships at Boston University. Both the boys and girls teams placed third at the meet thanks to very strong swims all around. In total, six records were broken and the season concluded on the highest note possible. GO, WARRIORS!