SOUTHINGTON - Southington boys swimming head coach Even Tuttle jumped into the pool with his team to not only celebrate nine graduating seniors, but also for ending the regular season the way he wanted to - with a win.
Southington placed first in every single event but one in its 89-75 rout over Farmington Friday afternoon.
“This is always a fun meet,” Tuttle said. “Farmington is always great competition for us. Being within our conference and obviously, it’s the senior meet so it has a little extra meaning to it.”
The Blue Knights started strong from the very beginning.
Southington’s 200 medley relay team of Tyler Heidgerd, Brendon Egan, Derek Melanson and Alex Kuhr were neck and neck with Farmington’s relay team of Joe harb, Aidan Sposato, Brian Peng and Nicolas Zambrzycki.
But it was the Blue Knights who were able to pull off the first place time of 1:47.10 while the Indians placed second with a time of 1:47.93.
Southington kept up with its pace, taking first and second in the 200 freestyle. Quint Kimmel finished with a time of 2:00.31 to claim first, while teammate Brian Egan finished in a time of 2:01.71.
The Blue Knights were also able to come out with the one-two finish in the 200 I.M. after Derek Melanson swam the event in 2:13.34 and Jackson Malsheske finished with a time of 2:24.51.
The 50 freestyle was the only event that Southington didn’t place first in.
Farmington’s Harb was able to claim first place with a finishing time of 24.29, but the Blue Knights’ Alex Kuhr wasn’t far behind as he finished in second with a time of 24.38.
Brendan Egan was able to put the Blue Knights on top during the 100 butterfly, finishing in first (57.58), while the Indians placed second and third.
“It’ll be a big loss, losing my brother next year,” Brian Egan said. “It’s great to have him here and all of the seniors. They’re all great people and great role models.”
Brian Egan, Heidgerd and Kyle Buchanan all did exceptionally well for Southington during the 100 freestyle, all finishing under a minute.
Heidgerd finished in first with a time of 51.53, Brian Egan finished in third (53.45) and Buchanan finished with a time of 57.33 to take fifth place.
Southington swept the 500 freestyle.
Melanson placed first with a time of 5:12.49, Kimmel placed second with a time of 5:32.32 and Malsheske took third with a time of 5:37.20.
The Blue Knights did not let up, as the 200 freestyle relay team of Brendon Egan, Brian Egan, Kuhr and Kimmel took the event with a time of 1:36.23.
Heidgerd claimed another first place finish for himself in the 100 backstroke. Heidgerd finished with a time of 57.33.
Southington then finished the meet just as it started - strong, claiming first in the last two events.
Brendon Egan won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:08.46 before the 400 freestyle relay team of Evan Bender, Brian Egan, Kimmel, Heidgerd took first in a time of 3:45.49.
The Blue Knights’ other relay team of Melanson, Kuhr, Julie Wakefield and Ben Wakefield finished in a time of 3:47.00.
“I’m so proud of this team and these seniors,” Tuttle said. “Every single year, the graduating class of seniors are always outstanding and exception. And it’s year after year, and to perform the way we did, get the win and do it the right way with the energy on the pool deck was a great way to finish our regular season.”
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