Southington boys swimming and diving at its best, claiming 22 best times in win over Plainville

Published on Friday, 19 January 2018 22:42
Written by SHELBY IAVA


PLAINVILLE - The Southington boys swimming and diving team won nearly every event while making 22 best times as it enjoyed a 97-80 rout over Plainville on Friday afternoon.

Coming off of a loss earlier this week to Glastonbury, the Blue Knights wanted redemption.

“We’re four meets in right now and sitting at 3-1 in terms of records,” Southington head coach Evan Tuttle said. “We wanted to come back today and exceed expectations and they did exactly that. Winning a majority of the events and more importantly posting 22 best times today. The kids came out ready to go and performed well.”

The Blue Knights set the tone early, taking first and second in the 200 medley relay. The team of Evan Bender, Brendan Egan, Jacob Holbrook and Alex Kuhr took first with a time of 1:56.67 while the team of Julie Wakefield, Jackson Malsheke, Sarah Meade and Quintin Kimmel placed second with a time of 1:58.82.

Plainville’s Brandon Paznokas, Graham Eyres, Chris St. Lawrence and Nate Lyman finished in third with a time of 2:03.59.

Southington’s Tyler Heidgerd took first place with a time of 1:55.11 in the 200 freestyle, while Plainville’s Taegan Brochu finished with a time of 1:57.55 putting him in second.

“We had a good meet today,” Brochu said. “Southington is a really big team so today we were really trying to focus on getting best times and as a whole 80 percent of us got best times. We didn’t come out winning, but we did individually.”

The Blue Knights’ Brendan Egan finished with a time of 2:09.48, placing first in the 200 I.M. and landed him a spot for the Class LL state meet. The Blue Devils’ Eyres finished second with a time of 2:31.22.

Southington swept the 50 freestyle, taking first, second and third, gaining a total of 13 points.

Brian Egan placed first (24.73), Kimmel placed second (25.53) and Kuhr (26.93) placed third.

Emerson Suski placed first in diving with a score of 217.65, a new personal best and a qualifying cut for states.

Plainville’s Brochu and Southington’s Derek Melanson were neck and neck during the 100 butterfly. Melanson got touched out by Brochu, claiming first with a time of 58.24 while Brochu took second with a time of 58.50.

“We had it so there were competitive races throughout to make the kids work harder,” Plainville head coach Chris Zagorski said. “Overall I just challenged my team, trying to get as many best times as possible.”

The 100 freestyle was another close race, this time it would be between Southington’s Brian Egan and Plainville’s Joe Michaliz. The difference was .33 of a second. Brian Egan claimed first with a time of 54.26 while Michaliz finished with a time of 54.59.

Josh Donaghy a swimmer from E.C. Goodwin, placed first with a time of 5:14.13, out touching Heidgerd (5:14.21) in the 500 freestyle.

“[Heidgerd] was locked in a battle with [Donaghy], head to head the whole way, but in the end he did get out touched on the finish. Even though he came in second he posted a best time by nearly five seconds.”

The Blue Knights continued to excel placing first and second in the 200 freestyle relay.

The team of Brendan Egan, Brian Egan, Kuhr and Heidgerd finished with a time of 1:43.04, while Southington’s other relay team of Ben Wakefield, Holbrook, Kyle Buchanan and Melanson was not far behind, finishing with a time of 1:43.97.

For the Blue Devils it was Brochu, Tyler St. Onge, Marcos Gutierrez and Joe Michalic who finished with a time of 1:44.25 to take third.

Southington went on taking first, second and third during the 100 backstroke as well as the 100 breastroke.

In the 100 backstroke it was Bender (1:00.98), Sarah Meade (1:07.64) and Julie Wakefield (1:07.97) and for the 100 breastroke it was Brendan Egan (1:07.24), Malsheske (1:14.13) and Thomas Tsangarides (1:17.18).

The Blue Knights ended the meet exactly how they started, in first.

The team of Brian Egan, Ben Wakefield, Bender and Heidgerd took first with a time of 3:44.49. Plainvilles’ Brochu, Michalic, Gutierrez and Eyres finished third with a time of 3:47.88.

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Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville, Southington on Friday, 19 January 2018 22:42. Updated: Friday, 19 January 2018 22:44.