Newington girls swimming shows its fight in comeback during first loss

Published on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 22:46
Written by DAN ORENCOLE

STAFF WRITER

BRISTOL - For the Newington girls swimming team, the loss against Bristol Central on Tuesday wasn’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.

“I feel good [about this season],” Newington coach Crystal Connery said. “This 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.”

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.

“They swam hard,” Connery said. “They came in and gave it their all.”

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.

“We all pushed ourselves to do really close this meet because one of our old coaches is the coach of this team,” 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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Posted in New Britain Herald, General Sports, Newington on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 22:46. Updated: Wednesday, 20 September 2017 22:48.