BRISTOL - The Southington boys swim team came into Fridayâ€™s meet against Bristol with the same mindset it has in every meet: Set best times.
The Blue Knights did just that in their 97-81 victory.
â€śThose 24 best times is essentially two per event,â€ť Southington coach Evan Tuttle said. â€śIf we can continue to do that every meet, then weâ€™re going to be just fine.â€ť
During each event, there was one constant for the Blue Knights - the enthusiasm around the pool. The swimmers thrived off it.
Southington didnâ€™t trail Bristol at any point during the meet and went into exhibition mode for the final three events.
The Blue Knights earned their most points in diving and the 100 freestyle, earning 13 points in each event.
In the 100 freestyle, Southington swimmers Brian Egan, Tyler Heidgard and Evan Bender finished with the top three times.
The individual success has been a product of the bond the team has in and out of the pool.
â€śI loved to see everyone on the sidelines getting hyped up,â€ť Southingtonâ€™s Quint Kimmel said. â€śThis team has definitely been one of the best Iâ€™ve been a part of as far as how much spirit there has been.
â€śAnd the whole mentality that we have of the next person who steps up is 100 percent ready is one of the biggest parts of our team.â€ť
That energy is part of the blueprint for the Blue Knights to have success.
â€śCoach Tuttle always says we have to win the meet in three ways,â€ť Bender said. â€śWe have to win in character, we have to win the meet and we have to [have personal] best times, and I think we did a really good job in all three of those today.â€ť
If Southington can continue to excel in those three ways, Tuttle and his group are set up for another strong season. Expectations are high as the defending conference champions.
â€śWe always try to improve,â€ť Southingtonâ€™s Jacob Holbrook said. â€śNo matter what, weâ€™re always trying to get better and better throughout the season, so when we get to states we can go out there and impress some people.â€ť
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