PLAINVILLE - Top times and fast swims. Thatâ€™s what the Plainville girls swim team - one of the smaller ones in the CCC - is relying on to get it through the season.
Tuesday afternoon during the Blue Devilsâ€™ 101-85 win over Bristol Eastern, Plainville beat the Lancers to the wall for seven first-place finishes, two being within .20th of a second.
This win recorded a first for Plainville head coach Chris Zagorskiâ€™s. It was his first win over Eastern in the last six seasons. Earlier this season, Zagorski also notched his first win over E.O. Smith in his tenure as well.
â€śBarring a couple events, [being able to touch them out] played a big role in us being successful,â€ť Zagorski said. â€śBristol Eastern is a very strong team so I was very happy with how [our swimmers] were able to pull it together and come out with a win.â€ť
Plainville had strong swims all across the board, from the lane-four swimmers - the fastest - to the lane-six swimmers, leaving Zagorski â€śecstaticâ€ť with how his team performed.
â€śIf they can continue how theyâ€™re swimming, I donâ€™t think itâ€™s that out of the question for us to be in contention for a division championship,â€ť Zagorski said.â€ť
Lydia Weinberg qualified for states in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle, two events she typically doesnâ€™t swim. The sprinter has taken on a different role this season with the distance swims. The senior captain is not only embracing her new role but excelling at it as well.
Weinberg finished the 200 freestyle in a time of 2:14.91 and the 500 freestyle in 6:09.34, placing first and second in those events respectively.
Fellow senior Morgan Rogers also reached a season-best in the 200 IM with a time of 2:22.24.
â€śI went a second faster than the previous meet we had,â€ť Rogers said.
She also recorded a season-best in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:05.40.
â€śSheâ€™s looking to break a minute by the end of the season,â€ť Zagorskia said.â€ťReally get under for states. It should put Morgan in a position to go All-State in the back[stroke]. I know thatâ€™s a goal of hers.â€ť
It also helps that the Blue Devils only lost one senior due to graduation last season, meaning Plainville has plenty of experience on a smaller roster. And Zagorski believed he can rely on any of his swimmers to swim fast, including the new ones.
â€śHaving the majority of our team back is great,â€ť Zagorski said. â€śWe have some quality freshmen that are scoring points for us and Morgan coming in for us as a senior has really jumped started us as well.â€ť
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