By BRIAN JENNINGS
FARMINGTON—The Southington Blue Knights (9-2) boys swimming and diving team traveled to Farmington High School on Tuesday, Feb. 24 to end their regular season in the final dual meet with a comfortable, divisional win over the Indians (4-8), 98-77.
It wasn’t just a win, though. The Blue Knights were able to do something that they haven’t been able to do against the Indians in years, and Southington coach Evan Tuttle said he thought his Knights did it exceptionally well.
“Not only were we able to come out of there with a win, but it was the first time we picked up a win over Farmington in probably over ten years,” said Tuttle. “They came in the way of best times for a lot of people. It was a nice way to finally end our regular season and get ready for our post season.”
The Knights finished the meet with 10 first-place finishes. Victoria Duszak (139.7)competed on the diving board for the Knights and earned her best score of the season.
Sotuhington swept the relays. Zack Blake, Matt Duszak, P.J. Ramsey, and John Stevens partnered for a victory in the 200 medley relay (1:53.17). Nick Brazil, Stevens, Ben Wakefield, and Ramsey teamed for a win in the 200 freestyle relay (1:44.35), and Brazil, Mack Golos, Kevin Corcoran, and Blake capped the meet with a win in the 400 free relay (3:51.2) even though the meet had already turned to exhibition races.
Golos (1:59.87) was back at it with a first-place finish in the 200 freestyle. Ramsey was a double winner in the 50 freestyle (24.57) and 100 fly (59.84).
Brazil (55.77) followed up with a first-place time in the 100 freestyle and Corcoran (5:25.32) finished first in the 500 freestyle. Blake (1:01.88) also followed up with a first-place time in the 100 backstroke and Duszak (1:09.31) joined in, finishing first in the 100 breaststroke.
The next stops for the Knights are the CCC West Diving and Swimming Championships this week.
Tuttle said his Knights feel really good heading into the conference meet.
“We’re going to see all the same teams that swam already in our conference, including Farmington,” the coach said. “We’ll have another shot at Hall and Conard, the only two teams that were able to best us during the regular season. We’ve got a good number of people who are right on the bubble, in terms of state times. We’re going to try to knock a few more people over the threshold, in terms of automatic qualifying times for states and see if we can move out a few more people into the Class LL Tournament.”