CAMBRIDGE -- Westford Academy and Chelmsford finished in the top four out of 31 scoring teams at the North Sectional Swim and Dive Championships on Sunday at MIT.

Wayland, last year's Division 2 state champions, won with 356 points. The Dual County League power was followed by St. John's Prep (263), Westford (167.5), Chelmsford (165) and Acton-Boxboro (143).

St. John's Prep is the defending Division 1 state champ.

Westford was able to move ahead of three teams it lost to in dual meets this year -- Newton South, Weston and Chelmsford.

Chelmsford continue its fine season with its highest sectional finish since 2004. The Lions also had their first sectional event winner under coach Craig Vitale in junior Aaron Zhu, who captured the 100 backstroke in 52.85 seconds.

Westford

Matt Song swam to fourth in the 200 IM in 2:01.14. He was also part of two fourth-place relays teams -- the medley relay team (1:42.99) with Alex Jefferson, Jerry Xu and Bryce Fan; and the 400 free relay team (3:22.13) with Braeden Ledder, Sam Granger and Owen Schwab.

Schwab also grabbed fourth in the 100 backstroke in 55.00.

Taking fifth in the 200 free relay were Schwab, Fan, Granger and Xu in 1:32.01.

In the 100 breaststroke, Fan collected seventh in 1:01.65, while Schwab earned sixth in the 100 butterfly in 53.21.

Chelmsford

In addition to Zhu, who was also third in the 200 free, the Lions received a strong meet from senior captain Ben Cote, who had top-five finishes in the 200 IM (third) and 100 butterfly (fourth).


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Freshman Connor Quirbach continues his impressive first year with the Lions with a fourth in the 100 free. Zhu, Cote and Quirbach were joined on a third-place 200 free relay with sophomore Luke Abraham and a second-place 400 free relay with senior captain Jimmy Shaw.

Lowell

The Red Raiders cut 1.52 seconds off their best time in the 200 medley relay thanks to the efforts of Jon Santos in the backstroke (27.88), senior captain Tim McCabe in the breaststroke (29.60), Bryan Arevalo in the butterfly (29.67) and junior captain Luke Petruzziello in the free (23.85).