By KEVIN ROBERTS
Southington girls swimming and diving improved to 3-0 on the season with victories over EO Smith on Sept. 18 and South Windsor on Sept. 21.
The Lady Knights defeated the Panthers 99-81, then knocked off the Bobcats 95-71.
Win at E.O. Smith
SEPT. 18—The Lady Knights picked up a second victory in as many meets by defeating the Panthers at the Mansfield Community Center.
Southington finished first in nine of the first 10 events on the way to a 99-56 lead. The last two events were recorded as exhibitions for the Lady Knights. Southington took the top two spots in five different events and it claimed first, second and fourth in three straight events. Those events were the 200 freestyle, 200 individual medley and 50 freestyle.
Meghan Hammarlund was a double winner for Southington. She won the 100 butterfly in a time of 1:03.90 and the 100 backstroke in 1:02.57. Hammarlund also teamed with Sarah Meade, Julie Duszak and Gianna Perugini to win the 200 medley relay in 1:58.17. Hammarlund also swam on 400 freestyle relay team with Andie Nadeau, Perugini and Maddie Symecko. That relay was an exhibition event.
Nadeau (200 freestyle, 2:07.37), Symecko (200 IM, 2:27.81), Meade (50 freestyle, 26.64), Duszak (100 freestyle, 58.25) and Julia Holland (500 freestyle, 6:13.70) all won individual events for the Lady Knights. Duszak was also Southington’s top finisher in the 100 breaststroke, which was an exhibition event.
Tight win over Bobcats
SEPT. 21—The Lady Knights pulled away from the Bobcats for the victory inside the friendly confines of the Fryer Family Natatorium.
Southington won nine of the 11 events and never trailed in the meet, but it held a slim 25-21 lead after the 200 IM. The Lady Knights increased the lead to 14 points at 46-32 following the 100 butterfly, but the Bobcats fought back to a 60-50 margin after the 500 freestyle.
Southington closed out the meet in strong fashion. The Lady Knights won the 200 freestyle relay, finished first and second in the 100 backstroke, won the 100 breaststroke, then placed first and third in the 400 freestyle relay.
Hammarlund was once again a double winner in the 200 IM (2:19.07) and 100 butterfly (1:02.95). Duszak claimed a pair of wins in the 50 freestyle (25.86) and 100 breaststroke (1:12.95). Andie Nadeau took first place in the 200 freestyle in 2:06.15 and Sarah Meade was first in the 100 backstroke in 1:06.41.
The 200 medley relay of Meade, Duszak, Hammarlund and Gianni Perugini started the meet with a first place finish in a time of 1:56.95. The 200 freestyle relay of Duszak, Amy Moquette, Perugini and Nadeau won in 1:49.41. In the 400 freestyle relay, the Southington quartet of Hammarlund, Nadeau, Maddie Symecko and Meade closed the meet with a first place finish in of 4:06.41.
Up next: Southington was scheduled to swim against East Catholic on Wednesday. The Lady Knights travel to Plainville on Friday for a 4 p.m. meet.
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