The Worcester Telegram is proud to announce the nominees for the Hometeam girls' swimming Athlete of the Year for the Central Mass High School Sports Awards, presented by DCU — Digital Federal Credit Union, will be held live on Wednesday, June 22, at Hanover Theatre & Conservatory for the Performing Arts, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
During the live show, these nominees will be honored, and the athlete of the year will be selected. Learn more on the program and see which athletes have already been named nominees on the show’s website. Athletes must register for the event here. Each nominated athlete receives one free ticket. Additional tickets may be purchased here.
The Central Mass High School Awards show is part of the USA TODAY High School Sports Awards, the largest high school sports recognition program in the country.
Here are the Hometeam girls' swimming Athlete of the Year nominees:
This is the second consecutive T&G Super Team selection for this four-year varsity athlete. Doherty competed in the 200-yard freestyle, 200 individual medley, 100 backstroke, and, for the first time, one-meter diving. She finished first 14 times, including in the 200 free at the Mid-Wach League championships. Doherty qualified in three events for the Central/West sectionals with a top finish of sixth in the 200 free. Her most memorable moment of the season came when she met the qualifying standard – in the 100 back – for the Division 1 state championships for the first time. A Mid-Wach scholar-athlete award winner, Doherty is undecided about where she’ll attend college, but plans to major in environmental science. She is the daughter of Tracy Ryan-Doherty and Michael Doherty of Northborough.
It was a season filled with individual and team accomplishments for this two-year captain. Eastman finished first in the 100 breaststroke and third in the 200 individual medley at the Mid-Wach League championships to – in what was her most memorable moment of the season – lead the Wolves to second place in the team standings. She went on to medal in both events at the Central/West sectionals and place 12th in the 100 breast at the Division 2 state championships. Eastman holds eight school records, including at least one in each of the four strokes along with the IM. Eastman will continue her studies and swimming career at Colby College. She is the daughter of Sally and Said Eastman of Bolton.
Faulkner had a special season in her strong-suit event. The Doherty High student finished 12th overall and fourth among Central Mass. competitors in the 100-yard breaststroke at the Central/West sectionals. Then, as the lone representative from her team to qualify for the Division 1 state championships and the only CMass swimmer in the field of 22, Faulkner recorded a personal-best time 1 minute, 14.16 seconds in the 100 breast. She considers that to be her most memorable moment of the season. Faulkner, whose hobbies include singing and painting, will study biology at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio with the career goal of becoming a medical scientist. She is the daughter of Renee and Dennis Faulkner of Worcester.
This is the second T&G Super Team selection in as many seasons of competing in the pool for the Trojans. Folger, who attends Ayer-Shirley, captained Bromfield to the team title at the Mid-Wach League championships and medaled in four events at the Central/West sectionals with top finishes of third in the 100-yard butterfly and 200 individual medley. Then, in her first appearance at the Division 2 state championships, which was her most memorable moment of the season, Folger finished fourth in the 100 fly in 58.63 seconds. That wasn’t far off her school record. Folger will continue her swimming career and study engineering at Lafayette College. She is the daughter of Katrina Tedstone and Bob Folger of Chelmsford.
The sophomore was simply sensational in her first full season in the pool for the Colonials. Korneva competed in four events at the Central/West sectionals, earning medals with a fifth-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke and a seventh-place showing in the 200 freestyle as Shrewsbury placed 14th overall and third among Central Mass. Schools. Korneva then took eighth in the 100 back at the Division 1 state championships. Her most memorable moment of the season came when she swam the 100 back in 1 minute, 1.71 seconds at sectionals to set the school record. Korneva, whose hobbies include baking and reading, aspires to study computer science in college. She is the daughter of Svetlana and Denis Kornev of Shrewsbury.
Pant once again soared in the butterfly while earning a second straight T&G Super Team selection. She placed second in the 100-yard fly at the Mid-Wach League championships and ninth at the Central/West sectionals before being one of three Central Mass. qualifiers in the field of 24 at the Division 1 state championships. A competitive swimmer since the age of 7, Pant considers her most memorable moment of the season to have come at the league meet when she helped the 200 medley relay team shave four seconds off its best time to qualify for the state meet. Pant will study biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University with the goal of having a career in health technology and artificial intelligence. She is the daughter of Mondira and Pankaj Pant of Westborough.
Quinty was consistently excellent this season, which was best exemplified by the personal records she set in every event from the breaststroke and butterfly to the individual medley. The Ayer-Shirley student helped the Trojans capture the team title at the Mid-Wach League championships and place sixth overall and first among Central Mass. schools at the Central/West sectionals. She was fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200 medley relay at the sectionals, going on to compete in both events at the Division 2 state championships. As for her most memorable moment of the season, that came when Quinty hit the state qualifying time in the 100 breast, a thrill punctuated by her coach celebrating on the pool deck. She is the daughter of Elizabeth and Jim Quinty of Shirley.
This marks the second consecutive T&G Super Team selection for Reddick. She displayed her all-around abilities by competing in the 200-yard individual relay, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle relay, and 200 medley relay at the Central/West sectionals with a top finish of seventh in the free relay. Reddick, who competes for the WPI-based Greenwood Swimming Club, capped off the winter by picking up a pair of medals at the Division 1 state championships with her fifth-place finish in the 500 free and eighth-place effort in the 200 free. Reddick doesn’t have a particular memorable moment from the season, rather she relished the opportunity to swim with her friends and support the team on a daily basis. She is the daughter of Robyn Fitzgerald and Bryant Reddick of Shrewsbury.
Two seasons and two T&G Super Teams selections for the superb sophomore. Reitsma finished sixth in the 50-yard freestyle and ninth in the 100 backstroke while also swimming in a pair of relays at the Central/West sectionals. Then, in her debut at the Division 1 state championships, she was one of four underclassmen in the fast field of 15 in the 50 free and also swam in the 100 back and 200 medley relays. As for her most memorable moment of the season, that occurred when Reitsma received a pep talk from friend and captain Gencay Padir before going out and posting a state-qualifying time in the 50 free. Reitsma is interested in studying sports therapy or kinesiology in college. She is the daughter of Yem and Michael Reitsma of Westborough.
Sungkharom picked up where she left off last season, leading to a repeat T&G Super Team selection. She was undefeated in individual events in dual meets (19-0) to finish her career with 32 wins and 45 top-three finishes. Sungkharom won the 50- and 100-yard freestyle at the Mid-Wach League championships and took fifth in both sprints at the Central/West sectionals before making her debut at the Division 1 state championships. It was a memorable season for Sungkharom, one she’ll always cherish due to the camaraderie among the four girls on the small, but talented team. While undecided about where she’ll attend college, Sungkharom plans to study exercise science and physical therapy with a career goal of working with athletes. She is the daughter of Lumpoon Sungkharom and John Palmer of Southborough.
Tonole once again ranked among the top 1-meter divers in the state, which served as a springboard to her landing a spot on the T&G Super Team for the third consecutive season. She had an amazing postseason run, finishing first at the Mid-Wach League championships, second at the Central/Western sectionals and fourth at the Division 2 state championships. Of the 28 divers who competed in the two divisions of the state championships, Tonole was one of just seven to post a score over 400, registering a three-round, 11-dive total of 430.3. She considers her most memorable moment of the season to have come at the state championships as the elite level of competition made it an enjoyable and exciting experience. She is the daughter of Kelly and Rick Tonole of Lunenburg.
It was another successful and satisfying season for Wade, leading to a second straight T&G Super Team selection. It was a busy day at the Central/West sectionals as she swam the 100-yard butterfly, 200 individual medley, 200 medley relay, and 200 freestyle relay, helping the Warriors finish fourth in the latter event. Wade then capped her scholastic career by competing in two events at the state championships for the third time in as many opportunities. The most memorable moment of the season for this extremely proud team captain came when she helped the 200 medley relay team qualify for sectionals. Wade will continue her swimming career and study communication sciences and disorders at Springfield College with the career goal of becoming a speech pathologist using American Sign Language. She is the daughter of Kristine and David Wade of Sturbridge.
This article originally appeared on Telegram & Gazette: The 2022 T&G Hometeam high school girls' swimming Super Team