SOUTHINGTON - The Southington girls swimming team had more than 20 best times en route to a 88-74 victory over E.O Smith.
“The goal in every meet is the same,” Southington head coach Evan Tuttle said. “That is post as many best times as possible.
“If we can get the win at the end of the meet that’s a bonus, but we’re also looking for sportsmanship and integrity throughout the meet. We’re going for three wins; we’re going for win in terms of score, win in terms of sportsmanship and win in terms of our attitude and our effort.”
The Blue Knights started strong from the very beginning with the 200 medley relay.
“We came in thinking that this was a good team, and that we have to work really hard to beat them,” senior captain Olivia Fournier said. “I swam freestyle in the 200 medley relay, and we won that heat.”
Fournier was accompanied by Madeline Symecko, Meghan Hammarlund and Julie Duszak, taking first place with a time of 1:57.02.
Winning the relay early on gave Southington an edge. The Blue Knights went on to win every single event of the meet on Wednesday.
Fournier took first in the 50 freestyle (25.26).
“I swam okay. I know I can do a lot better,” Fournier said.
Fournier’s best time in the 50 freestyle is 24.69.
Only two meets in, Southington has already hit its mark with automatic state qualifying cuts. Andie Nadeau qualified for states in the 200 (2:07.40) and 500 freestyle (5:51.51), while Hammarlund (2:24.94) and Symecko (2:28.16) qualified in the 200 individual medley.
“You’ll notice when you look at the roster that many of those girls that have hit auto cuts already, are freshman,” Tuttle said.
“That’s not new to this team, having such experience coming in. I also get a lot of athletes that come out for this team that are competitively swimming for the first time.”
Fournier competed in the 100 backstroke for the first time in over a year on Wednesday. She finished in first with a time of 1:08.94.
“It was good, it went really good,” Fournier said. “I could have gone a lot faster but it’s okay, I was tired.”
The 400 freestyle relay was the last event for the Blue Knights. The relay team consisted of Nadeau, Julia Holland, Anny Moquete and Fournier with a time of 4:10.64.
“We came together and we swam really well in that last relay,” Fournier said.
“Big picture, we want to qualify as many people for states as possible,” Tuttle said. “Then, push as many through each stage in that process; get as many qualified, then advance as many to finals, then as many to State Opens.”
Southington is in arm’s reach of breaking a few school records.
“Our medley relay is only a second off,” Tuttle said. “A few other times as well, so for end of season goals, those are there; but we also have day-to-day goals. We are nowhere near done. We’re going to try to be better every single day.”
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