SOUTHINGTON - The Southington boys swimming team didnâ€™t trail throughout the meet on Wednesday in a 90-71 win over Northwest Catholic, keeping alive its hope of finishing with a winning record in its division.
â€śIt was super important for us to get back to .500,â€ť Southingtonâ€™s Brendon Egan said. â€śWe donâ€™t want a losing record [in the CCC West], since last year we were the conference champions.â€ť
Last season, the Blue Knights went 5-0 in the CCC South White Division, with the same six teams making up this yearâ€™s renamed CCC West.
Setting 12 best times in each meet has been a goal for the Blue Knights throughout the season and they met that goal against Northwest Catholic, with 16 best times set during the meet.
â€śThe focus is to be your best everyday and post as many best times as possible,â€ť Blue Knights head coach Evan Tuttle said. â€śBecause if you can take care of that first, then the wins will come.â€ť
Southington sophomore Tyler Heidgerd has been impressive throughout this season and shined once again against Northwest Catholic.
Heidgerd placed first in the 100 backstroke with a time of 58.07. He was also part of the winning 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay.
â€śHe had an outstanding freshman campaign, but he picked up right where he left off,â€ť Tuttle said. â€śHeâ€™s really excelled this year as well. Iâ€™m excited to see where he winds up at the end of the season.â€ť
The other swimmers making up the 200 medley relay were Egan, Evan Bender and Alex Kuhr. They finished with a time of 1:47.97. In the 400 freestyle, [Brendon] Egan, Quint Kimmel and Brian Eagan rounded out the team with a time of 3:41.32.
A third relay team also thrived for Southington, the 200 freestyle group. Bender, Derek Melanson, Alex Kuhr and Kimmel made up that team, which finished with a time of 1:38.58.
Melanson put together a strong day for the Blue Knights. Along with being part of the freestyle relay victory, he placed first in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:58.06.
His teammate, Jackson Malsheske, also had a strong meet. Malsheske took first place in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:29.28.
â€śWe definitely had a lot of strong performances today,â€ť Kimmel said. â€śNotably, Derek Melanson and Jackson Malsheske winning the 200 and the 500 free. The energy when we have a home meet is rivaled by nobody.â€ť
The Blue Knights, however, are still looking to prove they are the elite team that they showed last season, with an undefeated 11-0 overall record in dual meets.
â€śItâ€™s definitely tough coming off of an undefeated season to have as many losses as we do,â€ť Kimmel said. â€śBut they were all to very good programs. We canâ€™t hang our heads in shame about that. Weâ€™ve just got to keep focusing on the next meet and the future. The past is the past and you canâ€™t change it.â€ť
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