Souhegan pair on national stage

Souhegan High School seniors Eli Moskowitz and Alex Bedard are prepared to celebrate their countless hours of hard work on the West Coast over the weekend.

The duo discussed those long hours of training during math class at school when they realized they were finally achieving individual goals that seemed to elude them until this year.

Moskowitz is headed to the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships National Finals, on Saturday at Morley Field, Balboa Park in San Diego, Calif. Bedard will be competing in the 100 breaststroke at the Speedo Winter Junior Nationals on Friday at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

“We’re pretty good friends,” Moskowitz said. “I love that we’re representing our school at nationals.”

Bedard has been training year-round as a member of the Executive Swim Club, based in Manchester, under the tutelage of Brian Crawford. Still, he’s a star swimmer for the Sabers and the time he’s put in with the high school team has also aided his advancement in the club meet circuit

“He’s dedicated and smart,” Souhegan coach Jim Rezzarday said of Bedard. “He’s our team captain, and he’s really stepping up in his leadership role.

“In the pool he’s a force to be reckon with. He’s got this trip to nationals and then our winter season begins. I know he’s got some goals for the season, especially breaking some of those Andy Disco records.”

Bedard, who was recently named a Scholastic All-American by USA Swimming, is a two-time NHIAA Division II champion in the 100 breaststroke and won last winter’s 200 Individual Medley title. He’s also been on several championship relay teams for the Sabers.

“It’ll be a lot of fun,” said Bedard, who qualified for nationals during July’s New England Senior Championships at Brown University. “It’s something I’ve been
working toward for a few years. I know Eli has been too. We’re both excited about this opportunity.”

Moskowitz qualified for his national event with a seventh place finish (15 minutes, 41 seconds) at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championship Northeast Regionals on Nov. 29 at Van Cortlandt Park in New York.

The top 10 boys and top 10 girls qualified to compete against runners from the South, Midwest and West Regional meets in San Diego on Saturday.

Moskowitz dominated the Granite State’s cross country scene, winning the Division II meet and Meet of Champions, while finishing fifth in the New Englands.

Now it’s a national title he’s aiming for.

“I feel really good,” Moskowitz said. “I’m still training and I’m in great shape. I’m looking forward to this weekend.”