CIAC BOYS SWIMMING: Cannata lands Class L title in the IM; Zellner’s silver sparks Sheehan; Meriden’s Donlon, Southington’s Heidgerd shine in Class LL

CIAC BOYS SWIMMING: Cannata lands Class L title in the IM; Zellner’s silver sparks Sheehan; Meriden’s Donlon, Southington’s Heidgerd shine in Class LL



NEW HAVEN — Cheshire senior Joe Cannata captured his first state swimming championship on Monday night, taking the 200-yard individual medley at the CIAC Class L state meet at Southern Connecticut State University.

Cannata posted a winning time of 1:54.71.

That time was almost three seconds faster than Cannata’s qualifying, which enabled him to overtake top seed Patrick Colwell of New Canaan.

The victory was part of a high-profile night for Cannata. The senior also won three silver medals — one individually in the 100 breaststroke (58.47) and two in the relays.

The first relay silver, coming in the meet-opening 200 medley, was actually something of a disappointment. Cannata and teammates Sam Hanke, Ankit Sahasrabudhe and Andrew Lou were seeded No. 1 and they even reduced their qualifying time by a second and a half finishing in 1:38.04. 

Xavier took off even more, going 3½  seconds faster than in Saturday’s trials to post the victory.

Cannata, Hanke and Lou got back after it in the 200 freestlye relay. Teaming with Shane Wynne, the trio took a second silver, clocking in at 1:28.38 behind first-place New Canaan (1:26.15).

Hanke followed that up with a second-place finish in the 100 backstroke. It was a great race with New Canaan’s Gianfranco Pozzolini.

Hanke broke his own school record, dropping it to 51.80 seconds. Pozzolini won in 51.53.

Earlier, Hanke placed fourth in the 200 freestyle, holding his seed in 1:43.46. That time was more than a second faster than the 1:44.71 with which Hanke won the SCC championship.

Also placing in championship heats for the Rams:

■Andrew Lou, fifth, 100 freestyle (49.02);■Richmond Le, sixth, 100 breaststroke, (1:01.26);■Shane Wynne, seventh, 100 butterfly (54.41);■Evan Levine, seventh, 200 IM (2:01.45);■Peter Levens, eighth, 100 freestyle (49.71).

Class S: The Titans finished fifth in the team standings at Wesleyan as sophomore Joey Zellner took silver in the 100 breaststroke and two of their relays placed in championship heats. 

Zellner swam a 58.55 in the breaststroke, cutting his qualifying time by over a second and a half. Northwest Catholic’s Michael Baldini took first at 57.99.

Zellner also took a fourth in the 100 freestyle, touching in 48.09.

Junior Adam DiDomenico notched a pair of sixth-place performances for Sheehan. He swam a 50.01 in the 100 free and a 57.96 in the 100 backstroke.

Zellner and DiDomenico were also on both point-scoring relays. They teamed with Andrew Buehler and Adam Shoshani for a fourth in the 200 freestyle (1:30.90) and with Buehler and Richard Zellner for a fifth in the 200 medley (1:42.86).

Class LL: Maloney senior Jake Donlon and Southington junior Tyler Heidgerd led area swimmers at Monday’s opening state meet at Southern Connecticut State University.

Donlan and Heidgerd both had eighth-place finishes competing in championship heats. Donlon swam a 23.07 in the 50-yard freestyle and Heidgerd recorded a 1:47.30 in the 200 free.

Heidgerd also won the B consolation heat in the 100 freestyle. He swam a 48.87 in that event.

Along with their individual events, Donlon and Heidgerd swam legs on two relay teams.

Donlon, teaming with Alexander Flynn, Hunter Bernabucci and Julio Hernandez, helped the Meriden Co-op place eighth in the 200 free in 1:32.76.

The same group was 12th in the 400 free with a time of 3:31.45. Both times were season bests.

Meriden added a 13th-place performance in the 200 medley, again going under its seed time. Alexzander Hernandez-Cruz, Sam Hurlburt, Joe Peralta and Flynn combined on a 1:52.97.

All three Southington relays were also in action. The 400 free won the B consolation heat in 3:23.06. Heidgerd swam anchor behind Landon Colby, Brian Egan and Derek Melanson.

Heidgerd, Colby and Egan combined with Jonathan Cocchiola for 11th plce in the 200 free (1:33.17).

The 200 medley squad was also 11th. Melanson, Egan, Cocchiola and Jackson Malsheske swam a 1:44.76 in that race.

Greenwich won the team championship. Ridgefield was runner-up.

Class M: Lyman Hall/Coginchaug teammates Colin Kelly, Connor Tsolis, Cam Nielsen and Nate Strang combined on a season-best time of 1:37.67 to place 10th in the 200 freestyle relay at Wesleyan.

The 400 free team of Kelly, Tsolis, Josh Ramirez and Cam Baker also went below its seed time, touching in 3:36.73 to place 13th.

Pomperaug won the team championship. Daniel Hand was runner-up. .                                         


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