GIRLS SWIMMING: State your case Cheshire! Rams beat Greenwich again, this time at State Open

GIRLS SWIMMING: State your case Cheshire! Rams beat Greenwich again, this time at State Open



NEW HAVEN — First Class LL, now the State Open.

Less than a week after ending Greenwich’s nine-year dynasty in Class LL, the Cheshire girls swimming team snapped the Cardinals’ four-year run as State Open champ, edging the Cardinals 428-420 on Sunday at Yale’s Kiputh Pool

Just as they were in the class meet, the Rams were led at the Open by Sophie Murphy and Julia Stevens. Each won two individual events — the same two they captured in Class LL.

Murphy, a junior, successfully defended her State Open titles in the freestyle sprints. Murphy won the 50-yard free in 23.68 seconds and the 100 in 51.08.

Stevens, a senior, swept the distance freestyles. Her winning times were 1:51.97 in the 200 and 4:59.55 in the 500.

Murphy and Stevens also teamed with junior Nora Bergstrom and freshman Avery Potyrala to place second in the meet-ending 400 freestyle in 3:32.51. While Greenwich won that race, Cheshire secured the team title with the second-place points.

Sunday’s State Open crown was Cheshire’s first since 2004 and 14th overall. Combined with their 29 class crowns, the Rams now have 43 total state titles to their name.

The individual championships won by Murphy and Stevens highlighted a handful of All-State performances for area swimmers. Cheshire’s Bergstrom had a pair. She was fourth in the 200 free (1:53.99) and third in the 500 (5:02.55).

Jillian Stevens, twin sister of Julia Stevens, earned All-State in the 100 backstroke with a fourth-place time of 57.21.

All-State honors were also brought back to Lyman Hall and Southington:

■Lyman Hall sophomore Caroline Krawec was eighth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.68.■Southington junior Meghan Hammarlund was eighth in the 100 butterfly in 58.19.

With that 58.19, Hammarlund broke her own Southington record in the fly. She also broke her own school record in the 100 backstroke placing 12th in 58.90.

For good measure, Hammarlund helped set a new Southington mark in the 400 free relay at 3:41.41. She teamed with junior Andie Nadeau, senior Gianna Perugini and freshman Emma Jekubovich to place 12th.

There was a fourth area school record broken on Sunday. That was by Lyman Hall freshman Elise Richardson. She lowered her own mark in the 50 free with a 24.80.

In all, Richardson qualified in three events at the Open. She was 16th in the 50, 12th in the 100 free (53.72) and 20th in the medley relay with Krawec and sophomores Elena Bielesz and Zoe Gallo (1:54.85).

Cheshire and Southington both had all three of their relays qualify for the Open.

■The Blue Knights, along with the school-record performance in the 400 free, got a 17th in the 200 free with Nadeau, Perugini, Jekubovich and junior Sarah Meade (1:41.44). Meade and Hammarlund combined with juniors Maddie Symecko and Jenna Famiglietti on the 200 medley (20th, 1:54.85).■The Rams, along with the silver in the 400 free, took bronze in the 200 free behind Murphy, Bergstrom, Potyrala and senior Sarah Chen (1:38.00). They were fifth in the 200 medley (1:48.84). with Chen, the Stevens sisters and junior Emma Glover.

 


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