By BRIAN JENNINGS
The Lady Knight swimming and diving team traveled to East Hartford High School on Saturday, Nov. 12 to fight for better seeding in the Class LL swimming trials.
Southington swimmers competed in every event with 10 girls advancing to the finals in eight different events.
Olivia Fournier advanced to the finals in both the 50 freestyle (25.16) and 100 freestyle (54.73), seeded 14th in the 50 freestyle and 11th in the 100 freestyle.
Kerry Buchanan advanced to the finals in both the 200 freestyle (2:03.63) and 500 freestyle (5:33.33), seeded 22nd in both events.
Patrycja Zajac advanced to the finals in the 100 breaststroke (1:15.29), seeded 19th.
Zajac, Jess Piotrowski, Sam Sagnella and Hannah Olsen advanced to the finals in the 200 medley relay (2:01.16), seeded 11th overall.
Olsen, Fournier, Kailey Hinckley, and Julia Mularczyk advanced to the finals in the 200 freestyle relay (1:45.75), seeded 11th overall.
Buchanan, Piotrowski, Julianna Ferreri, and Evelyn Holbrook advanced to the finals in the 400 freestyle relay (4:02.96), seeded 12th.
Other notable finishes included Piotrowski in the 200 individual medley (29th, 2:27.42) and 100 backstroke (31st, 1:05.87), Olsen in the 50 freestyle (25th, 26.21), Sagnella in the 100 fly (29th, 1:07.79), and Holbrook in the 100 backstroke (34th, 1:10.44).
Madison Osakowicz represented Southington in Class LL diving trials and finals at Middletown High School earlier in the week on Thursday, Nov. 10. Osakowicz advanced to the finals and finished 19th overall out of 26 divers with a score of 277.95.
The top 24 in each event will advance to the Class LL swimming championship at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven on Wednesday, Nov. 16.
Warm-up is at 5 p.m., and competition is at 6 p.m.
With nobody in the fastest heat (top 8), Southington will have no swimmers in contention for a Class LL medal, but the Knights will attempt to advance as many as possible to the state open at Yale University in New Haven on Saturday.
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