NEW BRITAIN - The Southington boys swimming and diving team opened up its regular season Tuesday with a 95-86 win over Avon.
The Blue Knights started off strong, taking first in the medley relay. The team of Tyler Heidgerd, Brendon Egan, Derek Melanson and Evan Bender finished with a time of 1:47.78.
The 200 yard freestyle relay team of Bender, Brendon Egan, Jacob Holbrook and Brian Egan also took first with a time of 1:39.02.
Southington’s Brian Egan, Derek Melanson, Quint Kimmel, and Tyler Heidgerd took first in the 400 yard freestyle relay with time of 3:40.30.
Brian Egan took first in the 200 yard freestyle in a time of 2:00.33 while Tyler Heidgerd took first in the IM in a time of 2:11.19. Brendon Egan was a double winner in the 100 yard butterfly (58.60) as well as the 100 yard breaststroke (1:07.79).
Derek Melanson had a time of 5:15.35 giving him first place in the 500 yard freestyle and
Evan Bender finished in first with a time of 1:02.92 in the 100 yard backstroke.
The Blue Knights will swim Bristol Coop on Friday at 3:45 p.m.
South Windsor 96, Berlin 79: The Redcoats may have lost to South Windsor Tuesday evening but it they have shown tremendous amounts of growth since the season has started.
Berlin has been waiting since December 29th to hop back in the pool but because of weather and school cancellations they have been pushed back.
Berlin head coach Daniel Thurston said it was fun to see the hard work and dedication the Redcoats had put in over break.
Connor Recck placed first in the 200 yard I.M. (2:11.12) as well as the 100 yard breaststroke (1:05.20).
There were also standout swims during the 500 yard freestyle. Aaron Gauvin placed second with a time of 5:53.18 and Greg Wadinger placed third with a time o 5:53.97.
Both Gauvin and Wadinger dropped over ten seconds since their previous meet. The Redcoats fifth place finisher dropped a monumental 31 seconds.
Andrew Roberti finished with a time of 1:02.39 in the 100 yard butterfly taking third and Matthew Urya placed fourth with a time of 1:06.18.
The Redcoats will swim Wethersfield on Thursday at 5 p.m.
Innovation 43, MLC 9: The Ravens defense shut out MLC Tuesday evening, only allowing the Blue Dragons to score nine points throughout the duration of the game. Innovation outscored MLC 19-6 in the first half.
Bailee Nardi was the leading scorer of the evening, putting up 20 points, nearly half the final score. Nardi also had six rebounds on the night.
“Bailee played very well,” Innovation head coach Michael Jessie said. “She took her time and took a couple nice jump shots.”
Aryanna Townsend also controlled the board, scoring eight points of her own.
There was a tremendous amount of defensive effort in the third quarter. The Ravens had 12 steals, inhibiting them to score. Innovation dominated the third quarter outscoring MLC 16-0. The Ravens finished it off in the final quarter outscoring the Blue Dragons 6-3.
Southington 39, Conard 37: It was a close battle between the Blue Knights and the Chieftains Tuesday night. After being outscored 8-4 in the first quarter, Southington fought back outscoring Conard 12-8 in the second quarter. Going into the half both teams were tied 16-16.
Janette Wadolowski led the Blue Knights with 24 points total including 15 rebounds. It wasn’t until the final quarter when Southington outscored the Chieftains 11-7 to seal their 39-37 win.
Platt 50, Berlin 47: It was another close game and another close loss for the Redcoats.
Both teams finished the second half with 25 points apiece, but it was the first half, particularly the first quarter that ended up costing Berlin the most. The Redcoats were outscored 12-2 over the first eight minutes of play, only to rebound with a 16-13 second quarter.
Lyzi Litwinko scored a game-high 24 points for Berlin. Her teammate, Ashley Wenzel, was the only other Berlin player in double figures with 14 points.
Redcoats head coach Sheila King highlighted the defensive effort by Wenzel and Angela Perrelli.
Berlin 74, Platt 62: The Redcoats had a successful evening as they controlled their game against Platt from nearly start to finish. Berlin outscored the Panthers 43-28 in the first half.
Mike McCarthy led the redcoats with 23 points while Murphy had 17 points, seven rebounds and four blocks coming off the bench. Ryan Hyde also contributed six points and seven assists. Platt outscored Berlin in the third quarter 21-16 but it wouldn’t be enough as the Redcoats surpassed the Panthers in the final quarter 15-13.
Goodwin Tech 83, Vinal Tech 38: Goodwin tech is now on a six game winning streak as they beat Vinal tech Tuesday night. The Gladiators were led by Josaiah Santiago who scored 26 points and Luis Aguiar who had 20. Goodwin outscored the Hawks 38-25 in the first half. The 13 point deficit was too much for Vinal Tech to handle as they were outscored 45-13 in the second half.
Innovation 62, MLC 33: The Ravens controlled their game against MLC Tuesday night. Innovation outscored the Blue Dragons 41-18 during the first half. The Ravens were led by Leonard Okonya who scored 12 points and Malcom Lewis who scored ten. Innovation continued to dominate the court at it outscored MLC 21-15 in the second half of the game.