Swimmers surge for 2 wins in week one

Maddie Symecko sets the pace in the 200 freestyle at Plainville High School on Friday. Symecko led the team with wins in two events. (Photo by John Goralski)

By KEVIN ROBERTS

STAFF WRITER

Southington girls swimming and diving started the season with a pair of road victories over East Catholic and Plainville last Tuesday and Friday.

The Lady Knights defeated the Eagles, 97-88, at Trinity College’s Ferris Athletic Center on Sept. 17. Southington was closer to home on Sept. 20 when it faced next-door neighbor Plainville at Plainville High School. The Knights knocked off the Blue Devils, 94-83, to improve to 2-0.

Here’s what happened last week:

Win over East Catholic

SEPT. 17—Andie Nadeau and Meghan Hammarlund were double-winners in individual events for the Knights against the Eagles.

Nadeau finished first in the 200-yard freestyle (2:02.65) and 500 freestyle (5:31.18). Hammarlund took the top spot in the 200 individual medley (2:21.64) and 100 butterfly (1:05.27). Southington also picked up an individual win from Sarah Meade, who finished first in the 100 backstroke (1:09.26).

The Knights were victorious in two of the three relays. Southington won the 200 medley relay behind the team of Meade, Maddie Symecko, Hammarlund and Gianna Perugini (1:51.95). The Knights hit the wall first in the 200 freestyle relay behind the team of Meade, Perugini, Emma Jekubovich and Nadeau (1:47.02).

Southington took advantage of superior depth, winning nine of the first 10 events in team points, including 13-3 in the backstroke and 12-4 in the butterfly. The 100 breaststroke and 400 freestyle relay were contested as exhibitions.

Victory in Plainville

SEPT. 20—The matchup of next-door neighbors went in favor of the Knights.

Southington won eight of the first nine events and used its depth to build a 94-46 lead. The 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke and 400 freestyle relay were all contested as exhibitions.

Symecko was a double-winner for the Knights, taking first place in the 200 freestyle (2:11.10) and 500 freestyle (5:55.78). Southington also picked up individual wins from Perugini in the 50 freestyle (26.48), Lizzy Beaulieu in one-meter diving (205.5), Kendall Noonan in the 100 butterfly (1:11.68) and Nadeau in the 100 freestyle (57.13).

The Knights also captured the top spot in the first two relays. Southington won the 200 medley relay (2:00.60) behind the team of Meade, Nadeau, Hammarlund and Perugini. In the 200 freestyle relay, the winning team was made up of Meade, Nadeau, Noonan and Perugini (1:49.64).

Up next: Southington hosted Bristol Eastern on Wednesday in its home opener. The Knights are at a multi-team meet on Saturday at the Cornerstone Aquatics Center in West Hartford at 3 p.m. Teams listed as competing are Conard, Hall, Southington, Amity, Branford, East Lyme, Glastonbury and Pomperaug, according to the CIAC schedule.

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