Sports Talk Bedford Journal

Derryfield swimmers make waves

MANCHESTER – Hard work, dedication, and really early hours paid off for several members of the Derryfield swim team, who earned accolades at their final meets of the season.

Junior John Furlong was able to hold his State Diving Championship title, earning the role of State Champion in Diving for the second year in a row. According to coach Jonathan Steer, "it was very exciting, as Jon was six points down going into the last three dives. He nailed his last dive and put up the highest dive score of the meet, propelling him to the Championship."

Sisters Emma (Junior) and Lindsay (Freshman) Wagner both finished up with strong showings in their area of competition. According to coach Steer, "Emma started the evening off winning the 200 Free. It was a pretty exciting swim, as she swam to victory in a close race with a late surge in the last 12 yards. She set a school record in doing so. Lindsay followed her sister with a convincing win in the 50 free, beating the second place finisher by nearly 1/2 a second. Her time was also a school record." Lindsay finished her evening with her second state title in the 100 back. A significant win for Lindsay as she beat the second place finisher by nearly a three second margin. Emma followed her win with a second place in the 500 free, narrowly missing first by 0.1 seconds! According to her coach, "she battled the defending State Champion through the entire swim, just coming up a little short. This time was also a Derryfield record and a personal best for Emma."

Wallace scores for St. Michael’s

Taylor Wallace, a Bedford graduate and junior for the Saint Michael’s College men’s lacrosse team, scored a goal during a 10-9 loss to Franklin Pierce during its home opener Saturday. The Purple Knights fell to 0-2 and 0-2 in Northeast-10 Conference play.

Lalonde drives in run for SNHU

Andrew Lalonde, a Bedford graduate and sophomore at Southern New Hampshire University, singled home a run during the Penmen’s doubleheader sweep of Caldwell University. SNHU has won its first 13 games of the season and is ranked No. 11 in NCAA Division II.