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Area middle school students compete in national swim meet

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  April 11, 2012 05:29 PM

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A group of Boston area middle and elementary school students recently participated in the Boys and Girls Club National Swim Championships in St. Petersburg, Florida, as part of Team New England.

Each of the 10 middle school students are members of the Blue Hill Boys & Girls Club, which established its aquatic program in 2008.

Team New England finished second overall and won the Team Spirit Cup at the meet, which was held from March 30 to April 1.

Nine of the 10 swimmers are from Dorchester or Mattapan, and 13-year old Jaida Alverez is from Hyde Park and attends Boston Teachers Union.

Ten-year-old Qwaneyce Taylor of the Richard J. Murphy School of Boston finished in eighth place in the 9-10-year-old 100 yard butterfly. Also finishing in the top 8 was Pablo Azamore, an 8-year-old student at the Perry School in South Boston. He placed sixth in the 8-under boys 50 yard backstroke.

The additional members of the Blue Hill Bearcats who traveled to Florida for the national meet include Christian Kelle (13, Up Academy, South Boston), Zhaniya Bryant (12, Boston Trinity Academy, Boston), Kyle Reid and Kayla Reid (11, Wellesley Middle School), Arianna Williams (10, William Elementary School, Neeham), Sierra Sinclair (9, Bates Elementary School, Wellesley), China Nelson (9, Young Achievers, Boston).

All of the students who participated in the meet either placed in a relay, in the top 16 individually, or scored points for Team New England.

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