BRISTOL - The Bristol co-op boys swim team knew Fridayâ€™s home meet against Southington wasnâ€™t going to be easy.
And it wasnâ€™t, as Bristol fell to the Blue Knights 97-81, with the final three events going into exhibition after Southington took a 97-43 lead.
â€śWe knew we didnâ€™t have the greatest chance of winning today,â€ť Bristolâ€™s Ben Stafford said. â€śSo we just wanted to do our best. Weâ€™re trying to stay hungry right now because we havenâ€™t been doing the greatest as a team, but we have had a lot of great individual races.â€ť
However, Bristol Eastern had individual success with 15 best times in the meet.
â€śObviously, Southington was very strong,â€ť Daddabbo said. â€śThey have a lot of really talented kids and go a lot deeper than we do. Our team did really well today. Iâ€™m really proud of them.â€ť
Bristolâ€™s 400 freestyle relay team of Stafford, Gabriel Bartolome, Colton Litwinczyk and Keagan Mullan placed first and set a season best with a time of 3:40:76.
â€śOur relay was really good,â€ť Litwinczyk said. â€śWe have a lot of synergy together so we work well with each other.
â€śWe started out rocky in the first. We were neck to neck until Colton, who was our third guy, pushed us ahead a little and I knew I had to keep it up to ensure the victory.â€ť
Bartolome set a season best mark in the 100 breaststroke at 1:05:56, placing first in the event.
For diving, Sebastian Rutkowski got his season-best score with 141 points.
Anthony Fasci recorded season bests in two different events, the 100 breaststroke and 100 freestyle.
In the 100 freestyle, Fasci finished at 1:04:24; and in the 100 breaststroke, he finished with a time of 1:19:93.
Also with impressive times were Mullan and Litwinczyk.
Mullan placed first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24:34 and Litwinczyk was second in the 200 IM with a time of 2:13:02.
For Bristol, it wasnâ€™t as much beating Southington, but rather seeing how it stacked up against a strong Blue Knights group.
â€śWhat weâ€™ve seen from the first meet and up to now is non-stop improvement,â€ť Mullan said. â€śEveryone is improving tremendously. Our teamwork is getting better and our communication all around.
â€śWeâ€™ll keep improving over time with more meets. Iâ€™m proud of what our team did today and I hope it continues later on in the season.â€ť
Bristol moved to 1-3 on the season with the loss.
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