March 22, 2019

DR Falcons Swim Team Wraps Up 2017-2018 Season


It was another incredible year for the DR Falcons Swim Team! D-R swimmers took first place in five South Coast Conference Meet events. Eight swimmers qualified in individual and relay events in the Massachusetts Sectional quarterfinals and five of those went on to compete in the State Championship Meet in individual and relay events.
At the SCC All Conference meet, senior Meg Alves finished first in the 50 Yard and 100 Yard Freestyle events. The 200 Yard Freestyle Relay team of Alves, Emma Wheeler, Caroline Enos and Mary Iddings finished first in that relay race. Junior Henry Ciannavei finished first in the 500 Yard Freestyle and senior Jeff Tran finished first in the 100 Yard Butterfly.
Competing at Sectionals at MIT were Megan Alves in the 50 and 100 Yard Freestyle events and the 200 Free relay team of Alves, Emma Wheeler, Caroline Enos and Mary Iddings. For the boys: senior Xavier Byrnes in the 100 Yard Backstroke; Henry Ciannavei in the 200 and 500 Yard Freestyle events, the 200 Yard Individual Medley and the 100 Yard Butterfly; Jeff Tran in the 50 Yard Freestyle, the 100 Yard Butterfly and the 100 Yard Backstroke. The team of Byrnes, Ciannavei, Tran and Owen Conti competed in the 200 Yard Medley and the 400 Yard Freestyle relays.
Meg Alves, Xavier Byrnes, Henry Ciannavei, Jeff Tran and Owen Conti went on to represent DR at the State Meet held at Boston University in individual and relay events.
Alves, one of our Senior Captains, cranked out times of 26.04 seconds for the 50 yard freestyle and 57.29 seconds for the 100 yard freestyle this year.
Senior Captains Jeff Tran and Owen Conti, along with teammates senior Xavier Byrnes and junior Henry Ciannavei, set new school records for both the 200 Yard Medley Relay (1:48.94) and the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay (3:33.50).
Senior Xavier Byrnes sped to States in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 59.57.
Junior Henry Ciannavei set three new school records his appearance at States: the 200 yard freestyle (1:54.34), the 200 yard individual medley (2:12.01), and the 500 yard freestyle (5:13.61).
In addition to having his name in the school record books for the relays and the 50 yard freestyle (23.05), Senior Jeff Tran adds the 100 yard butterfly (54.03) and the 100 yard backstroke (57.61) to the list.
Meg Alves, Xavier Byrnes, Henry Ciannavei and Jeff Tran were all named to the South Coast Conference All Star Team with junior Caroline Enos and senior Owen Conti receiving Honorable Mentions.
At their end of season banquet, Coach Bob Hassan and Assistant Coach Katie Ainley awarded Sara McNaughton and Matthew Bellavance awards for Most Improved Swimmers. The coveted Coaches Awards went to Madisen Miranda and Connor Crowley.
Coach Hassan reports, “The 2017-18 season was the team’s 7th and my 6th as head coach. This season’s schedule had us swimming teams in and out of our conference, including Martha’s Vineyard. Overall, it was a good and exciting season – we are looking to build upon our success in 2018-19.”
The DR Falcons swim at the East Providence Boys and Girls Club. Participation on this parent-funded team is open to any Dighton or Rehoboth resident of high-school age. Home-schooled students and those who attend Bristol County Agricultural High School are all eligible to participate. If you would like more information, please email


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