Southington boys swimming continues strong start by rebounding from season's first loss

Published on Sunday, 21 January 2018 23:01
Written by SHELBY IAVA


PLAINVILLE - For the Southington boys swimming and diving team, Friday afternoon’s meet against Plainville was about rebounding as much as it was about swimming well.

Southington had suffered its first loss of the season earlier in the week in a lopsided meet at Glastonbury. So the Blue Knights went out and picked up 22 best times in their 97-80 rout over Plainville.  

“It was a good win and I feel like we rebounded well,” Southington swimmer Brendan Egan said. “Tyler Heidgerd got a pretty good time, Derek Melanson went fast in the [butter]fly, I got a state cut in the 200 I.M. Overall, everyone did good.”

Egan said a lot of the Blue Knights’ success comes from what Southington head coach Evan Tuttle preaches every day.

Earlier during the fall season Tuttle said, "We're going for three wins. We're going for [the] win in terms of score, win in terms of sportsmanship and win in terms of our attitude and our effort.”

Just because the seasons have changed and it’s time for the boys to hop in the pool, doesn’t mean his mantra has changed.

“Our mindset has helped us be successful,” Egan said. “Tuttle preaches every single time we get a win that equals to [those] three wins. That’s basically the mindset he’s engraved in all of us. He hammers it into our head every single meet.”

One the Blue Knights’ seasonal goals is to send as many people to states as possible. Four meets in, and Southington has already qualified a handful of swimmers and two divers.

“We want to try to advance literally our whole team to states,” Egan said. “That’s our goal. I know sometimes that's not realistic but that’s what we’re trying to do.”

Egan himself has his mind set on states. Egan has already qualified in the in the I.M., but plans on qualifying for other events as well.

“I’m really geared toward states,” Egan said. “I have to figure out what I'm swimming when the time comes. My goal is to definitely get a best time at the states meet but I have to work my way up to it.”

And although the Class LL state meet in the back of their minds, the Blue Knights have a tough schedule coming up.

“We have some good meets coming up,” Egan said. “We have one against Middletown and we’ve never swam them before, but I heard they’re a good team. The competition is ramping up as the season continues.”

But before Southington swims Middletown, they will compete against Farmington. The Indians currently sit 4-0 on the season and will be a tough competitor for the Blue Knights with Conard, Cheshire and Northwest Catholic rounding out the schedule.

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Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington on Sunday, 21 January 2018 23:01. Updated: Sunday, 21 January 2018 23:04.