PLAINVILLE - For the Southington boys swimming and diving team, Friday afternoonâ€™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. Â
â€śIt was a good win and I feel like we rebounded well,â€ť Southington swimmer Brendan Egan said. â€śTyler 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.â€ť
Egan said a lot of the Blue Knightsâ€™ 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.â€ť
Just because the seasons have changed and itâ€™s time for the boys to hop in the pool, doesnâ€™t mean his mantra has changed.
â€śOur mindset has helped us be successful,â€ť Egan said. â€śTuttle preaches every single time we get a win that equals to [those] three wins. Thatâ€™s basically the mindset heâ€™s engraved in all of us. He hammers it into our head every single meet.â€ť
One the Blue Knightsâ€™ 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.
â€śWe want to try to advance literally our whole team to states,â€ť Egan said. â€śThatâ€™s our goal. I know sometimes that's not realistic but thatâ€™s what weâ€™re trying to do.â€ť
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.
â€śIâ€™m really geared toward states,â€ť Egan said. â€śI 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.â€ť
And although the Class LL state meet in the back of their minds, the Blue Knights have a tough schedule coming up.
â€śWe have some good meets coming up,â€ť Egan said. â€śWe have one against Middletown and weâ€™ve never swam them before, but I heard theyâ€™re a good team. The competition is ramping up as the season continues.â€ť
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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