SCHOLASTICS: Meriden swimmers overtake Bristol at the wire; Platt-Maloney girls rescheduled for Feb. 6; QU to host hockey finals and semis



BRISTOL — The Meriden Co-op boys swim team captured the final race of the day to pull out a 95-90 CCC South victory Tuesday over the Bristol Co-op at the Malone Aquatic Center.

Troy Ducas and Andrew Bellemare combined with Mehdi Moumen and John Peralta on the winning 400-yard freestyle relay. With a tiime of 3:30 flat, the quartet clipped the top Bristol squad by 2½ seconds.

Just before the 400 relay, Peralta and Dave Chaparro put Meriden in position to overtake Bristol by going 1-2 in the 100 breaststroke. Peralta won in 1:13.12. Chaparro was second in 1:17.69.

Jason Consiglio also delivered key points. The junior won the 200 IM in 2:22.53 and the 100 backstroke in 1:06.12.

Mehdi Moumen finished first in the 100 butterfly (57.80) and combined with Ducas, Bellemare and Yaseen Ahmad to capture the 200 freestyle relay (1:41.14).

Meriden takes an overall record of 5-1 into Friday’s non-conference meet at Sheehan.

Basketball

Meriden: Wednesday night’s rivalry game between the Platt and Maloney girls was postponed and rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 6 at Maloney. Tip-off remains 6:45 p.m.

The postponement means the Panthers and Spartans will play twice in a one week. Platt hosts Round 2 on Monday, Feb. 13.

Elsewhere, the Maloney boys team dropped a 78-70 CCC South decision to Lewis Mills in double overtime on Tuesday night. The Spartans take a record of 5-7 into Friday night’s home game with Bristol Eastern.

Platt is also home on Friday. The Panthers host Bristol Central. At 9-2, Platt ranks No. 5 in the CIAC Division III playoff points.

Hockey

State tournament: For a second straight year, the three CIAC championship games will play at Quinnipiac University’s M&T Bank Arena. So, too, will all six state semifinals.

The CIAC announced the expanded scheduled this week.

Quinnipiac hosted the finals for the first time last year According to the CIAC, “feedback from schools and spectators was overwhelmingly positive, and it was a natural next step for the CIAC and Quinnipiac to discuss expanding their partnership with the intention of giving more Connecticut high school hockey players a first-class experience.”

The semifinals will play Monday through Wednesdsay, March 13-15, with Division III being followed on consecutive nights by Division II and Division I.

The state finals will play in the same order. Division III is slated for Thursday, March 16; Division II for Monday, March 20 and Division I for Tuesday, March 21.

Game times will be announced.



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