PLAINVILLE - For most of the afternoon, the Plainville girls swim team found itself in a back-and-forth meet with Platt/Maloney with the final event - the 400 freestyle relay - to determine the winner.
And in the end, it was the team of Phoebe Gediman, Natalia Galarza, Bella Bantz and Lydia Weinberg that gave the Blue Devils an important 89-81 victory Friday.
“We won our first meet of the season on senior night, which I think is a big night for the girls,” Plainville head coach Chris Zagorksi said. “I think this could be a springboard for us heading into our last meet of the season against Middletown and into the playoffs. I’m proud of how the girls swam today.”
While the 400 freestyle relay sealed the win for the Blue Devils, they got plenty of big performances throughout the afternoon to keep the meet close.
Bella Samperi and Weinberg were both double winners.
Samperi took first in the 200 IM and the 500 freestyle, while Weinberg finished in first place in both the 500 freestyle and 100 butterfly.
Gediman captured the top spot in the 200 freestyle and qualified for states in the process. The 200 medley relay team of Galarza, Gabby Soli, Weinberg and Samperi also took first place.
Southington 90, Newington 78: When the Blue Knights swim, they usually win.
Olivia Fournier and Julie Duszak were both double winners for Southington. Fournier took first in both the 100 (55.57) and 200 (2:01.90) freestyle. Duszak, meanwhile, won the 50 freestyle (25.83) and the 100 breaststroke (1:13.00).
There were also plenty of other strong performances. Kayla Nguyen earned the top spot in the 100 butterfly (1:14.08); Maddie Symecko won the 100 backstroke (1:07.94); Meghan Hammarlund took first in the 200 IM (2:27.12); and Liz Beaulieu won diving with a score of 137.60.
The Blue Knights also swept the relays. The team of Hammarlund, Duszak, Nguyen and Gianna Perugini won the 200 medley relay. Duszak, Perugini, Kara Zazzaro and Fournier came in first in the 200 freestyle relay and the team of Fournier, Andie Nadeau, Zazzaro and Hammarlund won the 400 freestyle relay.
Southington is 7-1 on the season.
New Britain 3, Bloomfield 0: The Hurricanes relied on the quality of their serves and came out win an easy win.
Alondra Reyes and Nariely Andujar each had 23 service points for New Britain as it won by the sets 25-10, 25-14 and 25-1.
Raven Jarrett had eight kills for the Hurricanes, while Talia Marks dominated the front of the net.
New Britain is now 10-4 on the season.
Innovation 3, Achievement First 0: The Ravens didn’t have much difficult in the match, sweeping the sets 25-12, 25-19 and 25-8.
And as a result, Innovation got plenty of strong performances. Molly Corcoran had 15 assists; Ciarra McKenzie tallied three kills; Morgan Sartor finished with four kills; and Bailee Nardi had six kills.
The Ravens are now 12-2.
Newington 3, Bulkeley 0: The Indians cruised past the Bulldogs thanks in part to the strong performances of Paige Trumbull and Meghan Roberts.
Trumbull finished with five aces and two blocks, while Roberts had eight kills.
Newington won the sets 25-13, 25-15 and 25-10 to improve its record to 11-5.
Norwich Tech 3, Goodwin Tech 1: It was a tough night and a tough match for the Gladiators.
After dropping the first two sets 25-13 and 25-15, Goodwin Tech responded to win the third 25-19, but couldn’t get any closer than that. The Gladiators went on to lose the final set of the match 25-13.
“We did not play well the entire night,” Goodwin Tech head coach Paul Soucy said. “Norwich [Tech] played with much more intensity and consistency.”
Tanija Russell had six service points, six aces, two kills, a block and six digs for the Gladiators, while teammate Tina Rodriguez finished with 10 assists.
Goodwin Tech is now 12-2.
Avon 3, Southington 0: The Blue Knights did not have their best match against the Falcons.
Southington went down quietly 25-18, 25-18 and 25-13 to fall to 10-2 this season.
Hannah Zelina had four kills for the Blue Knights.
Newington 2, Windsor 1: A first-half goal made all the difference for the Indians.
Hermish Adarkwah scored Newington’s first goal of the afternoon on a Trey Sadler assist to put the Indians ahead at the half.
And they would need it with both teams finding the back of the net in the second.
Andrew Barresi scored the deciding goal for Newington while Eduardo Garcia scored for Windsor.
Jack DeGirolamo saved four shots to help the Indians improve to 2-6-1 this season.
Grasso Tech 5, Goodwin Tech 3: The Gladiators found themselves down early and could not recover.
Down 2-0 at the half, Goodwin Tech scored three times in the second half but allowed three goals as well.
Hunter Holley netted two goals for the Gladiators, while teammate Eduardo Morales scored once.
Goalkeeper Dan Kazmierczak saved 10 of 15 shots.
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