TUESDAY SCHOLASTICS: Meriden swimmers nipped on day’s final race; Sheehan girls gain Busillo win No. 200; Nielander nets 21 for Wilcox

MERIDEN — Like all good swim meets, the one Tuesday afternoon between the Bristol and Meriden co-ops at the Platt pool came down to the last race.

This one, though, did not break the right way for the home team.

Needing at least a second-place finish in the meet-ending 400-yard freestyle relay, Meriden wound up third and, consequently, suffered its first loss of the season, 94-91.

“My boys swam a great meet,” said Meriden coach Ed Heath. “We were two swimmers short due to COVID, which made a huge difference, (but) I will make no excuses for the loss.”

Meriden, now 3-1 overall, got first-place performances from Mehdi Mouman in the 100 backstroke (59.54), Joe Peralta in the 500 freestyle (5:24.17) and Austin Studley in diving (2:06.35).

Moumen and Peralta also teamed with Spencer Studley and John Peralta to capture the 200 freestyle relay (1:39.26).

Also for Meriden, John Peralta and Sam Hurlburt posted Class LL cut times in placing second — Peralta in the 100 freestyle (52.07) and Hurlburt in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.96).

Cheshire 78, Haddam-Killingworth Co-op 64: The Rams posted the non-conference victory in Higganum behind Alex Fang, who took two individual events and anchored the winning 200 freestyle relay.

Fang posted fast times of 51.95 in the 100 freestyle and 1:57.11 in the 200 free. He was joined on the 200 free relay (1:39.19) by Anmol Sapru, Max Facchini and Kristian Adlianitski.

Sapru and Facchini teamed with Sahil Banerjee and Silas Wang on the first-place 200 medley relay (1:45.94).

Sapru later brought home the 100 backstroke (58.54), while Wang won the 100 breaststroke (1:01.28).

Cheshire also got first-place points from Jacob Santacruz in the 500 freestyle (6.28:30).

Girls basketball

Sheehan 55, East Haven 43: The Titans earned coach Mike Busillo career win No. 200 with the SCC crossover victory over the Yellowjackets in Wallingford.

The Titans staked themselves to a 10-7 lead in the first quarter, extended it to 30-23 by the break, then got it into double digits, 41-28, by the end of the third quarter.

Scoring was balanced for Sheehan (8-5), with Liv Cassesse hitting for a team-high 18 behind 9-for-12 foul shooting. Darla Jagrosse and Madison DiPasquale added 11 apiece.

Ally Stettinger and Olivia Martin scored 10 each for East Haven (7-5).

Branford 49, Lyman Hall 36: Up by just 26-22 heading into the fourth quarter, the visiting Hornets outscored the Trojans 23-14 over the final minutes in this SCC Quinnipiac matchup in Wallingford.

Branford improved to 5-7. LH dropped to 1-9.

Shea Barron lead LH with 16 points. Lauren Cretella and Callie Chordas were were good for six apiece, with Cretella adding six rebounds.

Ally Coldburn put up a game-high 18 points for Branford. Shelby Burnham added 12.

Wolcott Tech 48, Wilcox Tech 24: In an all-Wildcats CTC battle in Meriden, Wolcott Tech busted up a tight game by outscoring Wilcox 20-4 in the third quarter and 28-5 for the second half.

The Torrington team had gone into the break with a 20-19 edge.

Yennifer Sarmiento scored a game-high 18 points and Abigail Williams added 14 to lead Wolcott Tech (7-5).

Tatiana Robles canned three  3-pointers and finished with 10 points for Wilcox (4-9). Zulal Kangal added six points and Aliah Biro had five.

Boys basketball

Wolcott Tech 71, Wilcox Tech 41: The Wildcats whistled home 10 3-pointers to ring up the CTC victory on their home court in Torrington.

Christopher Smalls (5) and Frank Calabrese (3) accounted for eight of the treys. Both finished with 15 points as Wolcott Tech jumped to 8-4.

Griffin Nielander had the hot hand for Wilcox Tech. He knocked five 3-pointers en route to a game-high 21 points.

Efrank San Antonio added 10 points for Wilcox (0-9). 


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