BRISTOL - Southington boys swim and dive came into the Dennis Malone Center with one goal in mind - continue to improve in the second meet of its season.
The Blue Knights did just that in their 97-81 win against the Bristol co-op team Friday afternoon.
In the performance, Southington set 24 season-best times and sent the meet into exhibitions for the final three events after getting out to a convincing 97-43 lead.
“We have a goal of setting as many best times as possible,” Blue Knights coach Evan Tuttle said. “Our goal is a dozen. If we can hit a dozen best times a meet, then I think we’ve done our job and we had 24 best times today so essentially, we doubled it.”
It certainly helped that Southington had plenty of strong performances in the meet.
Southington took 13 points in both diving and the 100 freestyle and took 12 points in the 500 freestyle and the 200 freestyle relay.
EJ Suski took first in diving for the Blue Knights with a score of 203.00. His teammate, Tyler Heidgerd, was a double winner in the 100 freestyle (52.40) and 100 backstroke (57.82).
“[It’s] not just the veteran swimmers who are in the middle of the lane,” Tuttle said of his team’s strong meet, “even some of those that are new to the program swimming events that they haven’t before and posting best times are really succeeding and doing well.”
The relay teams for Southington were also impressive.
Derek Melanson, Brendon Egan, Tyler Heidgard and Evan Bender took first place in the 200 medley relay finishing with a time of 1:49.50.
The 200 freestyle relay team of Brendon Egan, Brian Egan, Alex Kuhr and Bender also took first place with a time of 1:38.52.
In the other individual events, Southington thrived as well.
Quint Kimmel competed in the 200 freestyle and place first with a time of 2:03.51. Melanson won the 200 I.M. with a time of 2:10.87. Brendon Egan also won the 100 butterfly thanks to a time of 58.82.
“Obviously Southington was very strong,” Bristol head coach Nick Daddabbo said. “They have a lot of really talented kids and go a lot deeper than we do. Our team did really well today. I’m really proud of them and a bunch of best times.”
The Bristol co-op finished with 15 best times.
The win, however, went to the Blue Knights, who improved to 2-0 with the victory.
“We had a lot of enthusiasm on the sides,” Southington’s Jacob Holbrook said. ‘That really pushed people to go faster and like coach said we’re trying to post best times all the time. That’s our number one goal and because it’s the second meet of the season we’re trying to get best times each meet.”
The Blue Knights will be back in the pool Tuesday as it travels to Glastonbury for a 4 p.m. meet.
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