PLAINVILLE - Although things didnâ€™t go ideally team wise for the Plainville boys swimming and diving team Friday afternoon against Southington, there was still some good to come out of the meet.
Despite losing 97-80, the Blue Devils recorded close to 40 best times.
â€śWe didnâ€™t come out winning, but we did individually,â€ť Plainville swimmer Taegan Brochu said. â€śWe did good and honestly, weâ€™re just going to get better and better because weâ€™re definitely showing more than we ever had.â€ť
The dual meet on Friday was full of fast times - for both teams - and good competition. The result was a better meet than the final score would indicate.
â€śItâ€™s always a good meet,â€ť Blue Devils head coach Chris Zagorski said. â€śWe were actually able to make it so we had competitive races throughout, to make the kids work harder. Overall, I just challenged my team. They did what they needed to do and Iâ€™m looking forward to going into the division starting on Tuesday.â€ť
The reason why Plainville (Class S) and Southington (Class LL) compete against each other every year is not just to challenge the Blue Devils, but because they share a close relationship to one another.
â€śSouthington is a very large, competitive LL team,â€ť Zagorski said. â€śWe add them to the schedule because we share diving coaches. Their divers come here and we have a really good relationship with their team and their coach [Evan Tuttle].â€ť
But even with plenty of positives coming out of the meet, Plainville will be spending the next week weeks of the season making some improvements with solid performances in the CCC championships and state meet a top priority.
â€śWe have to improve on our relays,â€ť Zagorski said. â€śTheyâ€™ve been pretty strong for us going into this, but I think once we get down into the nitty gritty of the season, we need to key in on some things.â€ť
Specifically, the Blue Devils need to put their focus on their starts and their turns, getting them the way they need to be, Zagorski said. They also have to work on maintaining their speed during individual races and carrying that speed out into the relays.
â€śOver all weâ€™re in good shape,â€ť Zagorski said. â€śWe still have half a season to go.â€ť
It has also helped that Plainville has continued to grow its numbers for the fourth straight season. This is the largest team Zagorski has ever coached at Plainville High School and with 23 swimmers and divers now on the roster, the overall depth of the team has grown. As a result, it has led to more competition within the team, making individuals better.
â€śWe have a really big team this year,â€ť Brochu said. â€śIâ€™ve been on this team for four years now and weâ€™ve never had this big of a team. A lot of it shows because we have a lot of fast freshman.â€ť
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