Southington girls swimming beats Berlin on Senior Night

Published on Wednesday, 27 October 2021 21:27
Written by RYAN AMES


SOUTHINGTON – Southington girls swimming took down Berlin, 85-77, on Wednesday at the Southington YMCA with nine event victories to finish off the year with a 6-3 record.

The regular-season finale also served as the Blue Knights' Senior Night meet and Southington's 12 seniors were honored midway through the competition.

“It's always great to be able to honor our seniors each year at our final home meet,” Blue Knights coach Evan Tuttle said. “Extra special this [time] because of the lack of being able to do it last year. We were very fortunate to be back here at our home facility and to be recognizing our seniors for everything they've done for us throughout the years here, whether it was four years or three or two or whether they joined our program for the first time this year.”

Olivia Donis, Antonia Gibbons, Bogna Prusak, Jenna Puskas, Mackenzie Robinson, Lauren Scarpa, Mina Silva, Izzy Walsh, Jill Christensen (Captain), Amela Dishnica (Captain), Sadie McPartland (Captain), Sam Seneco (Captain) make up Southington's 12th-grade group.

In the water, Julia Laszewski and Ella Nadeau each won two individual events for Southington as Laszewski won the 200 freestyle in 2:07.96 and the 100 backstroke in 1:07.20, while Nadeau finished first in the individual medley in 2:19.51 and the 100 free in 57.59.

The Blue Knights swam away with victories in the 200 medley relay, the 200 free relay and the 400 free relay as well in an all-around strong performance from the hosts.

“I want to give a shout out to each of our seniors,” Tuttle said. “Whether they were in a scoring heat or an exhibition heat, it was great to see them perform one last time at the YMCA, our home facility, and their senior meet. Outside of that, up and down the lineup, one of the many luxuries of our program is we have a wide depth of talent. We have a number of athletes that can swim pretty much anything that I need for them to do. That was on display today.”

Alexis Strong (50 free in 26.72), Veronica Okurowski (100 fly in 1:09.01), Emma Jekubovich (500 free in 5:51.33) and Mariam Labadze (100 breast in 1:16.35) were the single event winners for Southington.

“The energy was so good in the building that it helped motivate us to get good times” Tuttle said. “We put in a lot of best times today, the score reflected that at the end.”

Now with eyes on the postseason, Southington looks to continue to improve with the biggest meets still on the horizon.

“We have a few days to get ready for our conference championship meet,” Tuttle said. “Our goal there is to drop more times, put ourselves in as good of a position time-wise heading into state qualifiers. I think up until this point, our training has put ourselves in a good position, we just got to stick with it over the next few days.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: Berlin stats and times were unavailable at time of print.

Ryan Ames can be reached at 860-801-5094 or on Twitter @_RyanAmes.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington on Wednesday, 27 October 2021 21:27. Updated: Wednesday, 27 October 2021 21:30.