NEW HAVEN — Area swimmers wrapped up their season at Thursday night’s State Open at Yale University’s Robert J.H. Kiphuth Exhibition Pool.
The meet was delayed 20 minutes in the midst of the 200 yard medley due to a touchpad malfunction in two lanes. Following the delay, Cheshire’s Sam Hanke, Joe Cannata, Ankit Sahasrabudhe and Andrew Lou placed seventh with a time of 1:37.98.
“It was really nice for them to get seventh place, but we really wanted a medal,” Cheshire coach Megan McGorry said. “But the boys swam fast and we got a best time of the year.”
Hanke stayed in the pool to nab 11th in the 200 freestyle (1:44.35). Cannata, the Class L champion in the 200 IM, placed 10th in that event on Thursday in 1:57.35. Cannata claimed third in the 100 breaststroke (58.93).
Later, a Cheshire relay team did medal. Hanke, Andrew Lou, Shane Wynne and Cannata nabbed third in the 200 free relay in 1:27.52.
Hanke’s highlight of the night was a second-place finish in the 100 backstroke. He took silver in 51.33, lowering his school record.
Sheehan sophomore Joey Zellner swam the 100 breaststroke and 100 freestyle. He was 11th in the 100 freestyle in 48.44 and sixth in 100 breaststroke (59.65).
The Titans already logged some big-time points earlier this week when Andrew Buehler churned out a 511.90 for a second-place finish in diving. He narrowly lost to defending champ Kevin Bradley of McMahon-Norwalk (512.95).
Sheehan diving coach Dan Wostbrock said the competition came down to the last dive after Buehler trailed by as many as 30 points.
“He had just come off a Class S performance that was tough on him physically and mentally. He wasn’t able to pull it out that night,” Wostbrock said. “But at the State Open he really relaxed and performed great. He knew Bradley was his toughest competition. He was down big, but was able to get it down to one point. I’m proud of his career.”
Buehler, who owns Sheehan’s 6-dive and 11-dive school records, won three state divisional crowns and two SCC conference championships in his tenure with the Titans.
Also in competition Thursday was Southington's Tyler Heidgerd, who was 22nd in the 100 freestyle (49.50) and led off Soutington’s 400 free relay ahead of Landon Colby, Brian Egan and Derek Melanson.
“That’s been our best relay all year,” Southington coach Evan Tuttle said. “They’ve come up clutch all year. It’s fitting that our season comes to a close with them in the pool. It’s been a great year. We lost a lot of swimmers to graduation and some of the younger swimmers have stepped up and did their job. This year got us to the Open and we continued to build the program.”
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