By BRIAN JENNINGS
The girls swimming and diving team (5-1) suffered their first loss of the season, but jumped back in the pool to finish the week with a win.
On Friday, October 9, the Lady Knights traveled to Miss Porter’s School where they defeated Farmington, 93.5-84.5.
The team of Ally Schroeder-Bethany Greenlaw-Sam Sagnella-Olivia Fournier took first (2:03.47) in the 200 medley relay, and Fournier, Jess Piotrowski, Kerry Buchanan, and Schroeder combined for first (4:08.48) in the 400 freestyle relay.
Buchanan was a double winner in the 200 freestyle (2:11.17) and the 500 freestyle (5:50.73). Fournier was also a double winner, claiming the title in the 50 freestyle (26.28) and 100 freestyle (56.90).
Other notable performances include second-place finishes by Schroeder in the 200 individual medley (2:32.44) and 100 backstroke (1:08.17), Hannah Olsen in the in the 50 freestyle (28.49), the team of Olsen-Patrycja Zajac-Juliana Ferreri-Buchanan in the 200 freestyle relay (1:58.35), and Greenlaw in the 100 breaststroke (1:21.27).
A couple days earlier on Wednesday, the Knights hosted Conard (3-1) in their first divisional showdown of the season, but fell short, 91-71.
Tuttle said that he thought his swimmers were lacking a mental toughness coming into the meet.
“If you’re not both physically and mentally prepared, then you’re automatically at a disadvantage,” said the coach. “The same goes, not just for swimming, but for any sport or really anything that you do. We don’t have to be timid, shy, or afraid of these teams anymore because we’re competing on their level, but we have to have that mentality. We have to be aggressive. We have to get in that pool and do our honest best, battling those girls for every inch of every yard.”
The team of Fournier-Buchanan-Evelyn Holbrook-Schroeder took first (4:14.16) in the 400 freestyle relay. Fournier returned to take first (25.51) in the 50 freestyle, while Schroeder returned to take first (1:08.02) in the 100 backstroke.
Other notable performances included second-place finishes by the team of Schroeder-Sagnella-Greenlaw-Fournier in the 200 medley relay (2:05.39) and Buchanan in the 500 freestyle (5:54.27).
“We knew going into today that it was going to be a battle,” said Southington coach Evan Tuttle. “Conard has an exceptional team with a great deal of depth in every single event. So we knew it was going to be a battle, but we could have given them a better fight than we did.”
Tuttle said that his team needs to embrace the fact that they are one of the top teams in our conference now.
“We have the ability to beat teams that we never really had the ability to beat before,” he said. “If we can embrace that and can live up to those expectations, then the wins will start coming against those teams. The kids will be turning in better times and chasing down girls that, typically in the past, they would not have been able to catch.”
The Knights look to regain momentum this week with meets against Hall and East Hartford.