WEDNESDAY SCHOLASTICS: Meriden out-swims the Dragons; Lady Knights also triumph in opening meet; Cheshire XC splits, Southington sweeps

WEDNESDAY SCHOLASTICS: Meriden out-swims the Dragons; Lady Knights also triumph in opening meet; Cheshire XC splits, Southington sweeps



MERIDEN — The Meriden Co-op opened the 2020 season Wednesday doing something it had never done before: beat Middletown.

In a live, in-person Central Connecticut Conference meet at the Maloney pool, the Spartans outswam the Blue Dragons 100-81.

Kamryn Yepez, Madeline Fitzgerald, Avery Benigni and Rylie Benigni got the home team off and kicking with a winning time of  2:04.05 in the 200-yard medley relay.

From there, each girl went on two capture two individual events.

Yepez brought home the 100 freestyle (1:01.34) and 100 backstroke (1:09.34), while Fitzgerald paced the field in the 200 individual medley (2:33.75) and 100 breaststroke (1:20.38).

The Benignis took the rest of the freestyle races, with Rylie going the distance in the 200 (2:10.04) and 500 (5:52.41) and Avery winning the 50 (26.20). Avery Benigni later touched first in the 100 butterfly (1:04.79).

The Benignis also teamed with Fitzgerald and Katelyn Park on the first-place 200 freestyle relay (1:54.71).

“Very happy today,” said Co-op coach Ed Heath. “The girls swam awesome and had many personal best times. We were Covid strong.”

Southington 92, Plainville 80: The Blue Knights won their season opener, an in-person CCC meet at Plainville.

Southington swept the relays and had double-winners in Andie Nadeau, Ella Nadeau and Meghan Hammarlund.

Andie Nadeau, normally a distance freestyler, captured the sprints, taking the 50 in 27.01 and the 100 in 59.01.

Ella Nadeau handled the longer races. The freshman won the 200 free in 2:01.06 and the 500 in 5:30.63.

Hammarlund, meanwhile, out-raced the pack in the 100 butterfly (1:03.21) and 100 backstroke (1:02.98). The All-State senior opened the meet leading off the first-place 200 medley relay ahead of Jenna Famiglietti, Maddie Symecko and Andie Nadeau (2:00.71).

Famiglietti went on to win the 100 breaststroke (1:17.82), while Symecko was tops in the 200 IM (2:25.45).

In the freestyle relays, Southington won the 200 with Emma Jekubovich, Kendall Noonan and the Nadeaus (1:50.51) and the 400 with Ella Nadeau, Symecko, Noonan and Hammarlund (4:04.26).

Cross country

Cheshire: Both Cheshire squads earned a split running against Daniel Hand and Hamden at Hamden Middle School. Both beat Hamden. Both lost to Daniel Hand.

The top overall finisher was Cheshire senior Ryan Farrell, who covered the 3.1-mile course in 16:14.

The Rams, now 3-1, got additional scoring from Robert DiNatale (13th, 17:07), Tyler Caron (16th, 17:24), Colin Grevelding (17th, 17:30) and Daniel D’Souza (23rd, 18:13) in beating Hamden 23-33 and falling to Hand 20-42.

The Cheshire girls, also 3-1, beat Hamden 23-34 and lost to Hand 19-39. The Madison squad got a 1-2 finish from Anna Steffen (17:41) and Morgan Combs (19:49).

The Lady Rams took spots 3-5 behind Megan Georgescu (20:02), Olivia Ferraro (20:11) and Cate Bedard (21:06). Alex Palladino (12th, 22:40) and Katie Hall (15th, 23:16) completed the Cheshire scoring.

“I am very proud of the way our girls ran today; six of our top seven girls ran personal records,” noted Cheshire coach Rob Schaefer. “Our loss to Hand was a tough one; it is hard to beat a team that goes 1-2.  Still, we gave them a challenge and came up a bit short.  We have a really good team that is improving and growing.”

Southington: Jared Rivera and Grace Michaud guided the Blue Knights to a CCC sweep of Plainville at Camp Sloper and, in the process, put their names in the list of top 10 times at the course.

Rivera covered the 3.1-miles in 18.22. It was the ninth fastest time ever logged at Camp Sloper.

Michaud crossed in 20.24, which was second best to Jackie Izzo’s distaff course record of 20:03.

One of Izzo’s records did fall. It was broken by Jessica Lombardo, who in finishing second in 21:48 set a new Southington girls’ freshman standard.

Izzo, who is finishing up training after losing time to injury this summer, is due to make her 2020 debut next Wednesday at Bristol Central.

Against Plainville, the Lady Knights got additional scoring from Diana Pillsbury (3rd, 21:49), Ava Egan (4th, 23:10) and Megan Bissoni (6th, 25:53) in their 16-47 victory.

The boys took the first seven places in their 15-50 victory over the Blue Devils. Following Rivera in spots 2-5 were Drew Nafis (18:39), Grayson Borla (18:48), Braeden Laframboise (18:49) and Jake Nafis (19:08).

Both Southington teams are 2-0.

Sheehan: Lizzie Brown finished first in the girls race and Anthony Galicia placed second among the boys in a SCC tri-meet at Wharton Brook State Park with Xavier, Mercy and host North Haven.

Brown crossed in 19:49. Her teammate, Angelika Kotula, was second in 21:30.

The Sheehan girls beat North Haven 19-36 and lost to Mercy 27-32.

In the boys race, Galicia posted a runner-up time of 17:21, only one second behind Xavier’s Connor Selfors. Sheehan’s Kennedy Clave placed sixth.

The Titans lost to both Xavier (20-37) and North Haven 25-34.

Field hockey

Southington 1, Lewis Mills 1: Mia Leahy’s goal with 12 seconds left in the third quarter earned the Blue Knights the CCC draw with the Spartans in a match under the lights at Fontana Field.

Leahy was assisted by Maggie Ritchie and Anna McGrail.

Brianna Kelly scored for Lewis Mills three minutes into the game.

Southington is 0-1-2, Lewis Mills 0-3-1.

Boys soccer

Xavier 6, Sheehan 0: The Titans fell to 1-1 with the SCC loss Tuesday in Middletown. They return to action Friday at Whitney Tech.


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