By KEVIN ROBERTS
Southington girls swimming and diving closed out the regular season with a strong 95-82 victory over Berlin on Oct. 23 at Platt High School in Meriden.
The Lady Knights were ready to go against the Redcoats, who don’t have a pool at Berlin High School. Southington started the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay (2:02.08) behind the team of Maddie Symecko, Andie Nadeau, Meghan Hammarlund and Gianna Perugini, and they never looked back.
The Lady Knights also won the 200 freestyle relay (1:49.50) behind the team of Julie Duszak, Perugini, Anny Moquette and Nadeau.
Hammarlund was a double winner in the 200 individual medley (2:23.96) and 100 butterfly (1:04.26). Abby Lo Presti (200 freestyle, 2:19.89), Duszak (50 freestyle, 26.12), Nadeau (100 freestyle, 58.41) and Symecko (500 freestyle, 5:56.95) added individual wins.
“It was a great way to end our regular season. It was a dominant performance,” coach Evan Tuttle said. “The focus now has transitioned to the postseason. We’re adjusting practices into varying different levels of taper in order to ensure that each athlete is in peak condition at the right time.”
Duszak finished first in the 100 breaststroke, which was an exhibition race for Southington. The 400 freestyle relay team (4:11.76) of Hammarlund, Moquette, Julia Holland and Symecko was also first in an exhibition race.
Next up for Southington was CCC Diving, which took place Tuesday at Miss Porter’s in Farmington. The CCC West Division championship meet was on Thursday at the Cornerstone Aquatics Center in West Hartford.
Hall and Conard defeated Southington in the regular season, but the same thing happened last year and the Lady Knights wound up winning the championship meet. Anything can happen on Friday.
“The recipe for success for Southington to repeat at the championship meet is simple,” Tuttle said. “Continue doing what we have been; become a little better each and every day; ensure that we have a handle on the controllables, including attitude, energy, sportsmanship and integrity; and post as many best marks as possible.”
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