Although the winter season has come and gone, there are still athletes who work towards their goals no matter what the temperature is like outside.
Berlin’s Connor Recck and Southington’s Megan Biscoglio have proven to be those kind of athletes and hardly take any time off during the year as they hone their crafts.
Recck, who swims 11 months out of the year, just wrapped up his junior year with the Redcoats where he played a major part in the boys swim team’s success.
"Connor won every individual event that he swam in dual meet competition this year,” Berlin head coach Daniel Thurston said.
Throughout the season, the junior swam the 200 freestyle, 200 IM, 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and more.
“Connor was also a key member of our top relay teams during dual meet competition this year,” Thurston said. “He routinely gives us an advantage in the breaststroke leg of the medley relay and as our anchor of our 400 free relay.”
Recck closed out the CCC schedule all-conference in four events by winning the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke, as well as being a part of Berlin’s first place 200 medley relay and second place 400 free relay.
He then went on to show just as well in the Class M meet where he finished fourth in the 100 freestyle with a personal best of time of 48.99. He also placed fourth in the 100 breaststroke while breaking the school record with a time of 1:00.91. Recck was also the lead of the 200 freestyle relay at Class Ms with personal best of 22.76, as it finished 19th with a time of 1:31.77 and set a new school record.
That allowed him to qualify for the State Open in the 100 freestyle, where he finished 15th with a time of 48.67 and the 100 breaststroke, where he finished 21st after clocking in 1:01.45.
“At the end of the season I got best times in all of my events and overall, I accomplished what I wanted to do in my events,” Recck said. “I was able to make the State Open for the second year in a row, in both of those events which was really good. And I was able to place in the top four at state finals so I was really happy with that.”
This year, Southington’s Biscoglio is used to breaking records and this season was not different.
The senior did just that on her way to claiming the Class LL indoor pole vaulting state title as well as tied for the best leap at the State Open, though she officially finished third at that meet.
She cleared 12 feet, 2½ inches, which set a new indoor pole vaulting record at Southington High School.
Biscoglio started pole vaulting as a freshman after an injury that ended her gymnastics career. At first, it was a lot of trial and error and watched YouTube videos and tutorials to figure things out.
“It didn’t take off very quickly, I didn’t even qualify for states that year,” Biscoglio said. “Then, I started to get coached and I qualified for states for indoor and outdoor season and came in last. But then, junior year it really took off. I won the LL Championship and State Open in outdoor, and I came in second in New Englands. I set the [school] outdoor and indoor [pole vault] record both last year and rebroke them this year.”
Biscoglio owes all of her pole vaulting success to the nine coaches and instructors at Patriot Pole Vault in Massachusetts that work with her in addition to the track coaches for the Blue Knights.
“I pole vault year round,” Biscoglio said. “I’m up there three days a week. When I first started going there, I had to break my jump down to the basics and had to relearn everything because I created bad habits teaching myself. They just help with everything. They supply my poles for mw [and] they come to meets when they can.”
And while the the indoor season may be over the outdoor season has just begun.
“Megan had a great ending to her indoor season,” Southington head coach Connor Green said. “She finished with a new personal best and school record jump. She has shown so much determination and passion for this event. Her outdoor season is poised to be a great one. She has very lofty goals but with what she has already been able to accomplish I know she will only continue to reach higher and higher.”
Shelby Iava can be reached at (860) 801-5096 or firstname.lastname@example.org