Southington boys swimming meeting goal of continued improvement

Published on Sunday, 14 January 2018 22:59
Written by DAN ORENCOLE

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BRISTOL - The Southington boys swim team came into Friday’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.

“Those 24 best times is essentially two per event,” Southington coach Evan Tuttle said. “If we can continue to do that every meet, then we’re going to be just fine.”

During each event, there was one constant for the Blue Knights - the enthusiasm around the pool. The swimmers thrived off it.

Southington didn’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.

“I loved to see everyone on the sidelines getting hyped up,” Southington’s Quint Kimmel said. “This team has definitely been one of the best I’ve been a part of as far as how much spirit there has been.

“And 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.”

That energy is part of the blueprint for the Blue Knights to have success.

“Coach Tuttle always says we have to win the meet in three ways,” Bender said. “We 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.”

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.

“We always try to improve,” Southington’s Jacob Holbrook said. “No matter what, we’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.”

Dan Orencole can be reached at 860-973-1811 or  dorencole@bristolpress.com



Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington on Sunday, 14 January 2018 22:59. Updated: Sunday, 14 January 2018 23:01.