PLAINVILLE - Top times and fast swims. That’s what the Plainville girls swim team - one of the smaller ones in the CCC - is relying on to get it through the season.
Tuesday afternoon during the Blue Devils’ 101-85 win over Bristol Eastern, Plainville beat the Lancers to the wall for seven first-place finishes, two being within .20th of a second.
This win recorded a first for Plainville head coach Chris Zagorski’s. It was his first win over Eastern in the last six seasons. Earlier this season, Zagorski also notched his first win over E.O. Smith in his tenure as well.
“Barring a couple events, [being able to touch them out] played a big role in us being successful,” Zagorski said. “Bristol Eastern is a very strong team so I was very happy with how [our swimmers] were able to pull it together and come out with a win.”
Plainville had strong swims all across the board, from the lane-four swimmers - the fastest - to the lane-six swimmers, leaving Zagorski “ecstatic” with how his team performed.
“If they can continue how they’re swimming, I don’t think it’s that out of the question for us to be in contention for a division championship,” Zagorski said.”
Lydia Weinberg qualified for states in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle, two events she typically doesn’t swim. The sprinter has taken on a different role this season with the distance swims. The senior captain is not only embracing her new role but excelling at it as well.
Weinberg finished the 200 freestyle in a time of 2:14.91 and the 500 freestyle in 6:09.34, placing first and second in those events respectively.
Fellow senior Morgan Rogers also reached a season-best in the 200 IM with a time of 2:22.24.
“I went a second faster than the previous meet we had,” Rogers said.
She also recorded a season-best in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:02.40.
“She’s looking to break a minute by the end of the season,” Zagorskia said.”Really get under for states. It should put Morgan in a position to go All-State in the back[stroke]. I know that’s a goal of hers.”
It also helps that the Blue Devils only lost one senior due to graduation last season, meaning Plainville has plenty of experience on a smaller roster. And Zagorski believed he can rely on any of his swimmers to swim fast, including the new ones.
“Having the majority of our team back is great,” Zagorski said. “We have some quality freshmen that are scoring points for us and Morgan coming in for us as a senior has really jumped started us as well.”
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