By KEVIN ROBERTS
Southington girls swimming and diving churned up victories over East Catholic and Plainville this past week to improve to 5-0 on the season. The division schedule now awaits, and it started with a bang on Tuesday against contender Hall in West Hartford.
Here’s how the week went:
Depth wins out
SEPT. 26—Tuttle warned the Lady Knights that the Eagles were a small but talented team.
East Catholic won some close races and competed well against the larger Southington squad. The depth of the Lady Knights wound up being the determining factor.
Southington claimed first place and either a second or third place finish in seven of the first eight events. There are valuable team points to be had in the first three places, and the Lady Knights claimed a majority of them.
“Those small teams are usually a compact group of really talented swimmers, and that’s East Catholic,” Tuttle said. “East Catholic is a great program, they were undefeated going into today. I knew they were going to give us a good meet, and I was happy that they did.”
Andie Nadeau (200 freestyle, 500 freestyle) and Meghan Hammarlund (200 individual medley, 100 butterfly) were double winners. Nadeau’s 200 freestyle was a tight race that she won over East Catholic’s Emma Wojnarowski, 2:04.97 to 2:05.96.
“The 200 free was a great, great race,” Tuttle said. “That’s Andie Nadeau, she swam the 200 freestyle in every meet so far and posted a best time in every meet so far, and did so under pressure today.”
Nadeau won the 500 freestyle in 5:47.33. Hammarlund finished her victories in 2:22.90 and 1:03.70. Sarah Meade won the 50 freestyle in 25.66 seconds. Meade finished second in the 100 backstroke but still posted a best time of 1:05.84.
“If you exceeded your expectations and you posted a best time, meaning you were better than you’ve ever been before, and it came in a loss, that’s a success,” Tuttle said.
Julie Duszak took first in the 100 freestyle (57.39). Southington won the 200 medley relay behind the team of Meade, Duszak, Hammarlund and Gianni Perugini in a time of 1:56.27. The 200 freestyle relay of Duszak, Perugini, Julia Holland and Nadeau claimed first place in 1:49.50.
SEPT. 28—It was a quick turnaround from the Sept. 26 meet for the Lady Knights, but they did very well in a victory over the Lady Devils at Plainville High School.
“It was really impressive how the girls performed today,” Tuttle said. “We knew it was a short turnaround from [the Sept. 26] meet as well. We had a quality practice yesterday, did our job to recoup, then came here and put in some really impressive times.”
How impressive? Try 26 best marks in 12 events, including Liz Beaulieu’s diving total of 198.65. Believe it or not, Southington could be even better.
“As we always say, we are better today than we were yesterday but not as good as we will be tomorrow,” Tuttle said.
Individual wins were secured by Meghan Hammarlund (200 freestyle, 100 freestyle), Maddie Symecko (200 individual medley), Julie Duszak (50 freestyle), Beaulieu (diving), Adessa Noyes (100 butterfly) and Andie Nadeau (500 freestyle). Southington went exhibition after the 500 freestyle.
The Lady Knights won the 200 medley relay behind the team of Sarah Meade, Duszak, Symecko and Nadeau.
Up next: Southington traveled to West Hartford on Tuesday for a big division showdown against Hall. The Lady Knights host Farmington on Friday at 3:45 p.m.
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