Plainville swimming uses 100 freestyle to pull away from Bristol Eastern

Published on Tuesday, 2 October 2018 21:38
Written by SHELBY IAVA


PLAINVILLE - For the first time in Chris Zagorski’s tenure, the Plainville girls swim team beat Bristol Eastern.

The entire meet was neck and neck up until the 100 freestyle.

Going into the race the Lancers were just three points away from taking the lead from the Blue Devils. But Plainville’s Phoebe Gediman touched out Eastern’s Chelsea DeMarest by .20th of a second, to push the Blue Devils ahead for good and a 101-85 victory Tuesday afternoon.

“The girls swam great,” Zagorski said. “We started out hoping to win the medley [relay], we came in second, but other than that they did exactly what I needed them to. They knew the meet was going to come down to first and seconds, thirds, fourths [and] if you can out touch the person next to you.”

The Lancers’ medley relay team of Chelsea DeMarest, Brianna Ogonowski, Julia Michaud and Taylor DeMarest claimed first place in the event with a time of 2:06.38.

“I think this was a really good meet,” Bristol Eastern first-year head coach Alyson Phelan said. “We were really closely matched with Plainville and unfortunately, we just got touched out at the wall a lot of times. A lot of girls got personal times and swam their best so that’s all I can ask for.”

Plainville’s Lydia Weinberg, typically a sprinter, swam distance on Tuesday. In the 200 freestyle she touched out DeMarest by .07th of a second for a time of 2:14.91 for the win.

Morgan Rogers finished the 200 IM in a time of 2:22.24, earning her a first-place finish for the Blue Devils, while Ogonowski finished second with a time of 2:25.39.

“We all came in with a lot of energy,” Ogonowski said. “This was our first conference meet and it was just really exciting for all of us. It’s exciting to be a senior and watch all these new swimmers come in. They’re all doing so well and just the energy today was so amazing.”

Plainville had a one-two finish during the 50 freestyle. Isabella Samperi finished with a time of 28.72, with teammate Alyssa Macomber right behind her with a time of 30.61.

Eastern’s Emily Mulcunry claimed first place in diving with a score of 229.26, while teammate Rachel Gorneault came in second with a score of 201.25. Plainville’s Jillian Arens came in third with a score of 149.40.

Eastern took first (Julia Michaud, 1:10.58) third (Megan Ayotte, 1:36.91) and fifth (Trisha Mohan, 1:54.82) in the 100 butterfly to get the Lancers within two points of the Blue Devils (48-46).

Taylor DeMarest knocked six seconds off her time (5:59.27) in the 500 freestyle to not only win the event for Eastern, but also qualified for states in the process.

Also qualifying for states was second-place finisher Weinberg with a time of 6:09.34.

“It was a whole new experience swimming the distance events once and a while,” Weinberg said. “You definitely start feeling it in your arms a lot faster, but it’s a different mindset. It’s [one speed] going all the way through till the end.”

Plainville’s 200 freestyle relay team of Olivia Unwin, Emma Miller, Elizabeth Susco and Alyssa Macomber finished in first place with a time of 2:03.95, 14 seconds ahead of the Lancers’ Mulcunry, Katelynn Reay, Genevieve Dailey and Kylie Wolfradt (2:17.61).

The Blue Devils had another strong finish in the 100 backstroke as well. Rogers finished first with a time of 1:02.40, while the Chelsea DeMarest finished in second with a time of 1:12.95.

Ogonowski claimed the 100 breastroke with a time of 1:13.57. Julia Smith came in second with a time of 1:24.76.

Plainville finished the meet with seven first place finishes, included the last event, the 400 freestyle relay. The team of Gediman, Samperi, Rogers and Weinberg won in a time of 4:11.79.

Eastern’s relay team of Taylor DeMarest, Michaud, Chelsea DeMarest and Ogonowski finished second with a time of 4:13.85.

“We came out really strong today,” Rogers said. “We brought it home in the 400 freestyle relay and wrapped it up really nice.”

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Posted in New Britain Herald, Plainville on Tuesday, 2 October 2018 21:38. Updated: Wednesday, 3 October 2018 19:11.