Sports Roundup: Southington, Berlin boys swimming each pick up second wins of season

Published on Wednesday, 15 January 2020 21:10
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SOUTHINGTON -The Southington boys swim team dominated in relay events in Wednesday afternoon’s contest with East Catholic, and in the process, picked up its second straight win.

The Blue Knights downed the Eagles 86-73 behind first-place finishes from the 200 medley, 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay teams. Derek Melanson led the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams, while Tyler Heidgerd anchored the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams.

Heidgerd was also a double winner in individual events, taking first in the 500 freestyle and 100 backstroke. Melanson took two individual events as well after winning the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke.

Jon Cocchiola enjoyed multiple wins himself, taking first in the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle.

Berlin 96, E.O. Smith 87: Locked in a 31-31 tie heading into the diving event, the Redcoats got a big boost across the board from their divers to help pick up their second win of the season.

Jayden Jakiel, Antony Hayek and Dean Guerrette finished in first through third place, respectively, on the diving board to help Berlin grab the lead and never look back after a close battle through the first swimming events.

“Our divers were really the turning point of the meet for us,” head coach Dan Thurston said. “We were really impressed with the job they did there. As a group, it was nice to see their depth and see everyone contributing to get that result.”

Nathan Snyder was a double winner, finishing first in the 200 and 500 freestyle events for Berlin, and Andrew Roberti picked up a win of his own in the 100 butterfly to help the Redcoats move to 2-1 on the season.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, Southington on Wednesday, 15 January 2020 21:10. Updated: Wednesday, 15 January 2020 21:13.