BRISTOL - For the Newington girls swimming team, the loss against Bristol Central on Tuesday wasnâ€™t the outcome it hoped for, but the fight in the team and the will to compete all the way to the last event is a positive going forward.
â€śI feel good [about this season],â€ť Newington coach Crystal Connery said. â€śThis is my first season as head coach with the high school team and they work very hard. They showed [Tuesday] how dedicated they are to swim well.â€ť
With the 400 freestyle relay left, Newington brought the meet within three points at 84-87.
Although the comeback was impressive, Newington failed to capitalize on its opportunity to complete the comeback.
â€śThey swam hard,â€ť Connery said. â€śThey came in and gave it their all.â€ť
Bristol Central head coach Adrienne Bentley used to be a coach for Newington, which makes the meet between the two a rivalry for the swimmers.
â€śWe all pushed ourselves to do really close this meet because one of our old coaches is the coach of this team,â€ť Newington freestyle swimmer Gabby Aquino said.
Diving played a pivotal role in the meet, with Bristol Central taking 12 points as Newington secured just three points.
Working on diving is a focal point for the Newington team and something that Bristol Central specifically does well.
Still, for Newington, the meet presented a lot of hope for the rest of the season, even though the comeback fell just short.
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