Southington boys swimming tops Northwest Catholic

Published on Wednesday, 21 February 2018 23:00


SOUTHINGTON - The Southington boys swimming team didn’t trail throughout the meet on Wednesday in a 90-71 win over Northwest Catholic, keeping alive its hope of finishing with a winning record in its division.

“It was super important for us to get back to .500,” Southington’s Brendon Egan said. “We don’t want a losing record [in the CCC West], since last year we were the conference champions.”

Last season, the Blue Knights went 5-0 in the CCC South White Division, with the same six teams making up this year’s renamed CCC West.

Setting 12 best times in each meet has been a goal for the Blue Knights throughout the season and they met that goal against Northwest Catholic, with 16 best times set during the meet.

“The focus is to be your best everyday and post as many best times as possible,” Blue Knights head coach Evan Tuttle said. “Because if you can take care of that first, then the wins will come.”

Southington sophomore Tyler Heidgerd has been impressive throughout this season and shined once again against Northwest Catholic.

Heidgerd placed first in the 100 backstroke with a time of 58.07. He was also part of the winning 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay.

“He had an outstanding freshman campaign, but he picked up right where he left off,” Tuttle said. “He’s really excelled this year as well. I’m excited to see where he winds up at the end of the season.”

The other swimmers making up the 200 medley relay were Egan, Evan Bender and Alex Kuhr. They finished with a time of 1:47.97. In the 400 freestyle, [Brendon] Egan, Quint Kimmel and Brian Eagan rounded out the team with a time of 3:41.32.

A third relay team also thrived for Southington, the 200 freestyle group. Bender, Derek Melanson, Alex Kuhr and Kimmel made up that team, which finished with a time of 1:38.58.

Melanson put together a strong day for the Blue Knights. Along with being part of the freestyle relay victory, he placed first in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:58.06.

His teammate, Jackson Malsheske, also had a strong meet. Malsheske took first place in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:29.28.

“We definitely had a lot of strong performances today,” Kimmel said. “Notably, Derek Melanson and Jackson Malsheske winning the 200 and the 500 free. The energy when we have a home meet is rivaled by nobody.”

The Blue Knights, however, are still looking to prove they are the elite team that they showed last season, with an undefeated 11-0 overall record in dual meets.

“It’s definitely tough coming off of an undefeated season to have as many losses as we do,” Kimmel said. “But they were all to very good programs. We can’t hang our heads in shame about that. We’ve just got to keep focusing on the next meet and the future. The past is the past and you can’t change it.”

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Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington on Wednesday, 21 February 2018 23:00. Updated: Wednesday, 21 February 2018 23:02.