Bristol boys swimming uses 500 freestyle to spark win against Plainville

Published on Tuesday, 13 February 2018 22:57
Written by SHELBY IAVA


BRISTOL - One event can change swing the momentum of a swim meet.

That was certainly the case Tuesday afternoon.

Before the 500 freestyle began, the Plainville boys swim team trailed the Bristol co-op by just five points.

Afterward, the meet belong to Bristol.

Lewis Sinche placed first (5:43.25) and Mike Bond placed second (5:55.87), as the co-op was able to extend their lead to 10, in Bristol’s 100-82 rout over Plainville.

“This was our fourth division meet for the conference,” Bristol head coach Nick Daddabbo said. “We swam Platt, Buckeley and Berlin. Based off out result with Platt [which was a win] - Plainville tied with Platt - so I had somewhat of a gage and knew what we were in for.”

Bristol set the tone early, taking first in the 200 medley relay.

The team of Gabe Bartolome, Colton Litwinczyk, Kegan Mullan and Ben Stafford finished in a time of 1:51.85. The Blue Devils’ relay team of Brandon Paznokas, Matt Lagassy, Graham Eyres and Tyler St. Onge placed second with a time of 2:04.73.

Joseph Michalic had a strong performance for Plainville, claiming first in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:01.20, while Sinche placed second with a time of 2:08.67.

“I think today went well,” Michalic said. “Our teams got best times, we just couldn’t pull through. We did well, but we just have to keep working hard.”

Bristol claimed first and second place during the 200 IM. Litwinczyk finished in a time of 2:11.31 while Stafford wasn’t far behind, as he finished with a time of 2:23.99.

The 50 freestyle proved to be one of the closest and exciting events of the meet.

Plainville’s Taegen Brochu and Mullan were neck and neck throughout the race when Mullan touched out Brochu by .04 of a second, claiming first in a time of 23.85.

“I believe this is one of the best meets our team has had all season,” Mullan said. “The overall progress that my team has made, including myself, is outstanding. I beat my best time in the 50 freestyle. It was quite amazing. It was something that I was starting to think I wouldn't be able to do.”

Brochu later took first in the 100 butterfly (57.10) with Bristol’s Bartolome took second (59.67).

When the diving portion came around, Bristol was able to take the event points wise by sheer numbers.

Plainville’s Bryan Buckley placed first with a score of 161.25, while Bristol’s Sebastian Rutkowski placed second with a score of 142.50. Bristol’s Marissa Stone took third and Brian Collins took fourth adding five more points to Bristol’s score.

After the diving scores were added to the team scores, Bristol led 46-31.

Plainville’s Michalic had another strong swim during the 100 freestyle, as he took first in a time of 54.46, while Bristol’s Jack Alling was a little over five seconds behind, as he took second in a time of 1:00.21.

Bristol’s relay teams, meanwhile, continued to their strong showings.

The team of Jordan Northup, Thomas Pauloz, Alling and Mullan finished first for Bristol in the 200 freestyle relay in a time of 1:43.99.

“Our relays were really, really good today,” Daddabbo said. “That’s kind of been one of the focuses for me and the rest of the coaching staff. We just wanted to get those relays really, really good, really strong, down to a science. It’s just something we’ve been working on the last couple weeks in practice.”

That didn’t stop Plainville from claiming first and second place during the 400 freestyle relay, though.

Michalic, Brochu, Marcos Gutierrez and Eyres finished in a time of 3:48.90 while, Nathan Lyman, Matt Knutelski, St. Onge and Paznokas timed in 4:32.20.

“Today’s meet we were just kind of looking to see how we would do against Bristol,” Plainville head coach Chris Zagorski said. “We know they have a bunch of tough kids and we were actually able to handle a couple of races. We actually did better than I anticipated.”

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Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Central, Bristol Eastern, Plainville, St. Paul on Tuesday, 13 February 2018 22:57. Updated: Tuesday, 13 February 2018 23:07.