PLAINVILLE - The Plainville and East Catholic boys swim meet came down to the final even last season. The Blue Devils made sure that wasn’t going to happen this time around.
Plainville to first in all 12 events as it cruised past the Eagles 91-79 Tuesday afternoon. The Blue Devils (2-1) also either took second or third in every event as well.
“Most of the events came down to the wire,” Plainville head coach Chris Zagorski said. “[Our swimmers] showed a lot of tenacity. They knew it was a close meet last year and didn’t want it to happen and pushed themselves throughout.”
As a result, the Blue Devils turned in a number of quality performances, including four double winners.
Nathan Lyman took first in the 200 and 500 freestyles. Brandon Paznokas won the 200 IM and the 100 backstroke. Marcos Gutierrez placed first in the 50 and 100 freestyles and Joe Michalic took the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke.
Peter Bienasz also won the diving portion of the meet for the first time this season. Andrew Kane, Chris St. Lawrence, Tyler Mandeville, Zak McGough also swam well for the Blue Devils.
“It was great to see heading into our conference schedule,” Zagorski said.
Berlin 102, South Windsor 81: There were plenty of close finishes in the meet, but it was the Redcoats who managed to come out with a few more.
“It was nice to see all that hard work we put in over break pay off,” head coach Daniel Thurston said.
Connor Recck won both the 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke with the latter neck and neck the whole race. Andrew Roberti took the 100 butterfly, edging out his opponent by .1 of a second. Kiernan Jennings won the 50 freestyle and Kurt Bauer claimed the top spot in the 100 backstroke.
But Thurston’s favorite race of the day was the 500 freestyle. Matt Dennis placed second, falling by .2 of a second, but took a second off his time from the state meet last season.
“It was a lot of fun to watch,” Thurston said. “It was great to see the team energized and pulling for one another.”
Newington 56, Wethersfield 50: The Indians were able to pull out their ninth win of the season thanks to a strong fourth quarter.
Ashanti Frazier finished a rebound shy of a double-double. Newington’s points guard scored a team-high 18 points to go along with nine rebounds. Karissa Zocco and Alexie Armour also finished in double figures with 10 points apiece.
The Indians’ Olivia St. Remy had nine rebounds to go with her five points.
Nicole Gwynn led the Eagles with 22 points.
Goodwin Tech 30, Vinal Tech 28: A strong second quarter helped propel the Gladiators to their fifth win of the season.
Goodwin Tech outscored Vinal Tech 10-4 over the eight minutes, the only time it finished a quarter with more points than its opponent.
Joarielys Martinez led the Gladiators with a team-high eight points with Nyssa Foster De Oro adding six.