Whether they were divers, long-distance swimmers or anywhere in between, there were plenty of talent in the pool this past season. The six local swimmers and divers who earned a spot on our 2018-19 All-Herald Swimming and Diving Team proved to be the best of the best.
Southington continued its tradition of producing strong swimmers and divers and once again placed two on our team.
First is Chase Galayda, who is making his second appearance here in as many seasons. The senior diver holds the school record for the 11-dive with a 428.00 and the 6-dive with a 281.45. Galayda placed fourth at the Class LL 1-meter dive with a score of 399.85 and also competed at the State Open.
A gymnast as well, Galayda will be attending Springfield College in the fall and will be part of its men’s gymnastics team.
Tyler Heidgerd is the second Blue Knight to make our team.
The junior turned in a terrific campaign and was one of Southington’s most consistent swimmers. Heidgerd placed eighth in Class LL in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:47.30 and ninth in the 100 freestyle with a time of 48.87. His performance helped him earn an All-State nod to go along with his third straight all-CCC selection.
Heidgerd was also named Southington’s most valuable swimmer for the season and will be someone to watch next year.
Like Southington, Berlin as places two on our All-Herald team.
Connor Recck is also making a second appearance on our team. The senior played a pivotal role in the Redcoats’ success this season and won almost every event he swam during the dual meet competition.
Recck placed third in 100 breaststroke at the Class M meet with a time of 1:01.24 and sixth in the 100 freestyle thanks to a 49.11. His performances helped earn him a spot to the State Open, as well as earning All-State and all-conference honors once again.
He will be swimming next season at Trinity College.
Kiernan Jennings was another standout for Berlin. The junior holds the 200 freestyle relay school record along with Recck, Daniel Cervoni and Ryan Hunt.
Individually, Jennings took third at the Class M meet in the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.29, which was a personal best. He also set a personal best in the 100 freestyle in 50.62. For his efforts this season, Jennings earned his second all-conference selection and was named All-State.
A three-time all-academic selection as well, Jennings will certainly be one of the top swimmers in the area next season.
Plainville is the third program to place two competitors on our All-Herald team, with the duo also happening to be the youngest to make our team.
Nathan Lyman and Joseph Michalic are both sophomores, who each turned in a strong season for a Blue Devils program that surprised people in the 2018-19 season.
Lyman was one of the top swimmers for Plainville this year. He was one of four individuals from the school to compete in the Class S championships, placing 24th in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:00.70.
With two seasons left, Lyman will be someone to keep an eye on.
Michalic placed in two individual events at the Class S championships. He took 11th in the 100 butterfly, timing at 59.10, and 14th at the 200 IM with a time of 2:13.38.
Michalic will certainly be tough for opponents as the seasons continue.