PLAINVILLE - It was a meet where almost everything went Berlinâ€™s way.
Plainville came away with just one first place finish in the boys swim meet with the Redcoats coming out on top 92.5-84.5 Friday afternoon.
â€śWe had a couple of guys who were sick and wasnâ€™t quite sure what to expect coming into the meet,â€ť Berlin head coach Daniel Thurston said. â€śBut they picked each other up and swam well today.â€ť
Along with the win, the Redcoats had a number of double winners and state qualifiers.
Matt Dennis won both the 200 and 500 freestyles and qualified for the Class M state meet in both. Kiernan Jennings took first in the 50 and 100 freestyles and qualified for states in the 100.
Kurt Bauer also qualified for states after winning the 100 backstroke as did Zach Nielsen after taking the diving portion of the meet.
Connor Recck won 200 IM and 100 breaststroke and although Adam Kajzer placed second in the breaststroke event, qualified for states.
Each teamâ€™s half a point came from a fourth-place tie in the 100 butterfly.
â€śWe knew it was going to be a tough day,â€ť Blue Devils head coach Chris Zagorksi said. â€śBerlin is one of the top teams in the division so it was good to know what we were in store for for the rest of our divisional meets.â€ť
Plainville lone first place finish came in the 400 freestyle relay with the team of Joe Michalic, Brandon Paznokas, Peter Bienasz and Nathan Lyman winning the event.
The Blue Devils did have other swimmers do well, however.
Bienasz and Zach Dery both had career days on the diving board with Kyle Sullivan Matt Lagassey and Paznokas swimming well in the 500 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 200 freestyle respectively.
Goodwin Tech 48, Cheney Tech 15: There wasnâ€™t much the Beavers could do. The Gladiators just played the well on defense.
â€śI felt we played very, very good defense,â€ť Goodwin Tech head coach Reuben Charles said. â€śThatâ€™s one of the staples this season.â€ť
Cheney Tech managed just six points in the first half and was shut out in the first quarter.
Josaiah Santiago led the Gladiators (5-4) with a game-high 13 points and was the only player to reach double figures on the night.
East Catholic 82, Berlin 52: The Redcoats were simply never able to recover to from a tough first quarter.
The Eagles jumped out to a 25-5 lead after the first eight minutes and never looked bale.
Holden Murphy led Berlin with 13 points, while Ryan Hyde added 11 and Gianni Fanelli scored 10.
Matt Knowling finished with a game-high 26 points for East Catholic.
Newington 51, Southington 36: The Indians continue to roll.
Ashanti Frazier finished with a game-high 18 points, while Karissa Zocco contributed 13 as Newington picked up its 10th win in 11 games this season.
Bri Harris finished with 11 points to lead the Blue Knights (2-7).
Cheney Tech 47, Goodwin Tech 32: A slow second and third quarters made the difference in the Gladiatorsâ€™ loss. Goodwin Tech managed just 12 points in the stretch.
Joa Martinez finished with a team-high 13 points for the Gladiators (5-5).
Goodwin Tech 48, Cheney Tech 15
At Goodwin Tech
Cheney Tech 0 6 2 7 - 15
Goodwin Tech 10 9 10 19 - 48
Cheney Tech: Kelvin Rios 1-0-2, Elijah Quiles 1-0-2, Herbierto Ortiz 1-0-2, Jared Holbrook 1-2-4, Kelvin Rios 2-0-5. Totals: 6-2-15.
Goodwin Tech: Nehemiah Brown 2-0-4, Juan Rosario 4-0-8, Josaiah Santiago 4-4-13, Jesse Tandoh 2-0-4, Luis Aguiar 4-0-8, Xavier Cartagena 1-2-4, Nef Murray 2-0-4, Damien Garcia 1-1-3. Totals: 20-7-48.
Record: Goodwin Tech 5-4