NEWINGTON - The Newington boys swimming and diving team took first in every single event but three as it routed Manchester 94-69 Tuesday afternoon.
“I think we’re off to a really good start,” Newington’s Crystal Connery said after her first win as head coach. “We had some good times. We had some best times today which is awesome because that’s something you don’t really expect in the first meet of the season.”
Newington kicked off its meet strong, claiming first place in the 200 medley relay. The team of Sean Abrams, Salvatore Scata, Maksym Ugrak and Robert Nagy had a final time of 1:52.32.
Newington continued to take first in the 200 freestyle, 200 IM and 50 freestyle. Sean Vasi took first with a time of 1:52.32 in the 200 freestyle, while teammates Ugrak (2:13.01) and Nagy (23.7) took first in the 200 IM and 50 freestyle respectively.
“We have a couple swimmers that are looking very strong,” Connery said. “We have [Nagy] who’s 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle look really good, [Ugrak] 100 butterfly and 200 IM, and then we have a couple really strong relays that were looking forward to seeing drop time and get fast this season. So it was definitely a promising start for us.”
Newington then took first, second and third in diving.
John Famiglietti won the diving portion of the meet with a score 161.10, also qualifying him for the Class L state meet, Abrams finished second with a score of 144.80 and Nick Goegel placed third with a score of 109.50.
Colin Zoiger, however, won an event for Manchester after placing first in the 100 yard butterfly. Ugrak took second.
Nagy took first in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 54.48 while teammate Luke Fote didn’t finish far behind with a time of 56.19 for second place.
“This season I’m aiming for the 50 freestyle record and the 100 freestyle record,” Nagy said. “The record for the 50 freestyle is 22.06. I want to go at least a 21 [seconds], maybe a little less than 22.06 and for the 100 freestyle, I want to go at least a 48 low, or 47 high.”
Zoiger took first again for Manchester in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:26.08 while Newington’s Vasi took second with a time of 6:04.36.
After the 200 freestyle relay, the meet went unofficial. Newington stopped scoring with 94 points. The relay team of Goegel, Patrick Juvencio, Vasi and Fote finished in first with a time of 1:49.63.
Abrams then placed first in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 106.57, while Manchester’s David Mizzotta took first in the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 1:11.17. Newington’s Nicholas Jirku took second (1:18.69) while Scata placed third (1:19.79).
Manchester’s 400 freestyle relay team of Noah Lindstrom, Noah Luby, Zoiger and Mizzotta plaed first with a time of 3:45.15, winning the last event of the afternoon.
Newington’s relay team of Ugrak, Abrams, Fote and Nagy placed second with a time of 3:46.11.
“I think we did really well, everyone had really good times, best times,” Nagy said. “You know, it’s just the start of the season so we still have a little bit more improvement to go but I think we’ll do really well this year.”
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