By BRIAN JENNINGS
PLAINVILLE—The Southington boys swimming team continued on their quest for the perfect season at Friday’s meet against the Plainville Blue Devils. The Blue Knights clinched the meet by the 200 freestyle relay and remained unbeaten with a 92-61 victory over the Blue Devils at Plainville High School, moving to 6-0 on the season.
The 200 medley relay belonged to the team of Zack Blake, Nick Brazil, Matt Duszak, and PJ Ramsey, with a first-place time of 1:52.89. The 200 freestyle relay team of Blake, Brazil, Ramsey, and John Stevens finished with a first-place time of 1:43.25. And the 400 freestyle relay team of Austin Bull, Kevin Corcoran, Mack Golos, and Ramsey took first place with a time of 3:51.60.
Corcoran, Brazil, Blake, Ramsey, and Duszak also found success outside of the team events by winning individual events as well.
Corcoran was a double-winner in the 200 freestyle (1:59.85) and the 500 freestyle (5:23.27). Brazil was also a double-winner by winning the 50 freestyle (24.83) and 100 freestyle (54.40).
Blake (2:19.30) followed up with another win in the 200 individual medley. Ramsey (1:00.59) also added an individual win in the 100 butterfly. And Duszak was right behind with a first-place finish in the 100 breaststroke. Evan Bender (1:02.47) jumped in the mix with a first-place finish in the 100 backstroke.
Southington coach Evan Tuttle was proud of his Blue Knights and, once again, thought they did great.
“As you can see from the score, another win…another strong win,” said Tuttle. “It’s not just getting the win, but doing it in the right way…getting best times, trying to do so with this much class, integrity, and sportsmanship as possible. We stress that above everything else. We got kids that are working their tails off and it’s nice to see those rewards coming through and another win.”
Although his divers are still relatively new, Tuttle said he thought the amount of progress they are making is tremendous.
“To go from essentially not having dove before to where they are now is a true testament to the amount of work they’re putting in…to the work that our diving coach Jan is putting in, and the great skill that she has, and advice that she can guide towards our divers,” said the coach. “So, I’m very happy with where they are in the season and pretty excited to see where they’re going to be by the end of it.”
The Blue Knights did not have any swimmers qualify for states in the meet, but Tuttle said he saw improvements in his swimmers.
“We had some more kids who’ve been close in times drop some more to put themselves at even better position…not hitting the automatic cut, but they’re putting dropping enough time and getting close to those cuts that they’re giving themselves a good opportunity to make last-in position,” he said. “So, we’ve got some kids that are continuing to inch close.”
Tuttle said that there wasn’t an individual swimmer that won the meet, but the Blue Knights won the meet. Even though the meet was clinched by the 200 freestyle relay, Tuttle still got everyone in the water.
“I was able to mix up a few lineups and get some additional people into some events that normally they wouldn’t swim…see what they can do for a time,” said Tuttle. “We had some kids that didn’t swim a full workload today, but they were in the event, so they wanted to drop time and get a little closer to states. It was good to see them do that today.”
Looking ahead, the next few meets create tough matchups for the Blue Knights, going up against schools like, Farmington, Conard, and Hall, but Tuttle said he feels good and confident that his Blue Knights have what it takes to compete and win.
“It’s going to be a different meet than what we faced so far this season,” he said. “I like the way we match up against Farmington and actually I like the way we match up against Conard and Hall as well. In past years, you look at their times and you reflect on your own, and you say we got quite the hill to climb in these meets. This year with the amount of bodies we’ve got in kids that are excelling, we’re going to be able to be able to put up numbers. And if it’s not first place, it’s second, third, and fourth. So, we match up well and it’s going to be a battle. We’re going to be in the running for the conference.”
Three days earlier, the Knights swept past the Hornets at East Hartford High School. The Blue Knights defeated the Hornets, 100-81.
The team of Bender, Corcoran, Duszak, and Stevens won the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:56.92. The 400 freestyle medley went to the team of Blake, Brazil, Corcoran, and Ramsey with a time of 3:48.60.
Golos (1:59.08) took first in the 200 freestyle, while Blake (2:20.30) took first in the individual medley. Brazil (25.11) finished first in the 50 freestyle and Corcoran (1:01.48) finished first in the 100 butterfly. Ramsey (54.20) also had a first-place finish in the 100 freestyle.
Bull (5:50.08) added his name to the list with a first-place finish in the 500 freestyle. Bender (1:02.70) wasn’t finished, winning the 100 backstroke. And Stevens (1:10.67) wasn’t finished either, winning the 100 breaststroke.
The Blue Knights will be traveling to Miss Porter’s School to swim against the Farmington Indians on Wednesday, Jan. 28. After that, the Blue Knights are back home at the Southington Community YMCA to take on the Conard Chieftains on Wednesday, Feb. 4 and the Hall Warriors on Wednesday, Feb. 11.