NEW BRITAIN - With the beginning weeks of the winter season under wraps, athletes are already showing quality performances.
Newington swimmer Robert Nagy and Southington girls basketball player Janette Wadolowski have done just that.
The Indians kicked off their season Tuesday afternoon with a home meet against Manchester. Newington clinched the meet early before going unofficial against Manchester for a score of 69-64. Newington won all but three events.
Nagy took first in both the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle, with times of 23.7 and 54.48.
His 50 freestyle time qualified him for the Class L state trials at the end of the season.
“This season I’m aiming for the 50 freestyle record and the 100 freestyle record,” Nagy said.
“22.06 is the record for the 50 freestyle. I want to go at least a 21, maybe a little less than 22.06; and for the 100 freestyle I want to go at least a 48 low, or 47 high.”
Nagy was also the anchor of the 200 medley relay along with teammates Sean Abram, Salvatore Scata and Maksym Ugrak. The relay team took first place with a time of 1:52.32.
“As a team in general, I think we’re going to be great,” Nagy said. “My plan right now, in hopes to go positive is, we’re going to have more wins than losses, that’s my goal. Another goal is that we’re all going to get best times and we’re all going to grow as a team.”
“Rob is a very talented swimmer,” Newington head coach Crystal Connery said. “He’s also a natural leader on our team. He served as team captain last year as a junior, and is in that role again this year as a senior.
“He has a strong work ethic in the pool that is evident in his swims. We are looking forward to seeing what he is able to accomplish this season.”
Senior guard Wadolowski tried her best to keep the Blue Knights afloat last Monday in their 39-29 loss to Glastonbury.
Wadolowski led Southington by scoring 21 points, but it wasn’t be enough to top the Tomahawks.
“I think we really pushed the ball and moved the ball well against their defense in the second quarter,” Wadolowski said. “I think that was one of our big keys. Granted, at that point, we were playing really good defense against [Glastonbury] and getting some steals, which transferred over to the points we were getting.”
“Janette is one of the hardest-working players I’ve ever coached in my 15 years as a head coach,” Southington head coach Mike Forgione said.
“She leads by example both on the court and in the classroom, with her work ethic and positive attitude. Janette is always willing to help the younger players we have in the program and takes the time to make sure all her teammates feel important, no matter what their role is.”
Wadolowski cares about Southington basketball and everyone looks up to her as the leader of the team.
“We are so fortunate to have her in that role,” Forgione said.