GIRLS SWIMMING: Lyman Hall’s Krawec goes out in record style at State Open; Barto shines for Rams, Nadeau for Knights

WEST HARTFORD — Most of the girls swimming headlines this season have gone to the area’s deep pool of underclass stars.

On Sunday, on the final day of the 2021 campaign, it was a senior who rose to the local fore at Cornerstone Aquatics Center.

Lyman Hall’s Caroline Krawec capped her fine four-year career at the State Open by signing off with two school records — one individually in the 100-yard breaststroke and the other with fellow senior Elena Bielesz, junior Elise Richardson and sophomore Hailey Baker on the 200 medley relay.

Krawec finished fourth in the breaststroke in 1:05.57, which broke the school record of 1:06.18 she had set in her sophomore season of 2019.

In the medley, Krawec and her teammates placed seventh in 1:50.86. That broke their own school record of 1:51.85.

Krawec, Richardson, Baker and Bielesz also came close to their school record of 1:42.22 in the 200 freestyle relay. They swam a 1:42.28 and placed 17th.

There were other local school records broken on Sunday — namely, by Southington sophomore Ella Nadeau.

There were also other four-place local finishes on Sunday — namely, by Cheshire sophomore Julia Barto.

Barto took fourth in 200 individual medley at 2:04.60 and in the 400 freestyle relay, where she combined with juniors Julianna Tyler and Avery Potyrala and freshman Carly Cahill on a 3:35.71.

As for Nadeau, the Southington sophomore lowered, by roughly half a second, both school records she had set Wednesday at the Class LL championship meet. On Sunday, Nadeau was 20th in the IM in 2:10.97 and 12th in the 500 freestyle in 5:13.49.

Nadeau also anchored Southington’s two Open-qualifying relays. She swam with sophomore Julia Laszewski and juniors Alexis Strong and Kendall Noonan on 200 free relay (19th, 1:42.63) and with Laszewski, Noonan and junior Emma Jekubovich on the 400 (17th, 3:44.71).

Cheshire had all three of its relays qualify for the Open. Along with the fourth-place finish in the 400, the Rams took fifth in the 200 free in 1:38.41 behind Barto, Cahill, Potyrala and senior Hannah Merritt.

Merritt was also on the 200 medley (14th, 1:53.98) with Tyler and seniors Gabrielle Sokolik and Kaitlyn Grove.

Cheshire’s Potyala and Lyman Hall’s Richardson were the top local blue-chippers going in considering that the two juniors had won class championships on Tuesday, both individually and with relays.

Their lines intersected in the 100 freestyle. Potyrala, the Class L champ, placed ninth at 53:43. Richardson, the Class M champ, placed 19th at 54.60.

Richardson was also Class M champ in the backstroke with a school-record 58.74. On Sunday, she was eighth in 59.12.

Also in the backstroke, Barto placed seventh in 58.94 and Sheehan’s Leila Sofiane was 23rd in 1:01.96.

The IM was a particularly busy local event. Along with Barto’s fourth-place performance, Cheshire’s Tyler was ninth in 2:08.96 and Krawec 19th in 2:10.71.

Tyler was also 11th in the 100 butterfly in 57.85  and Potyrala was seventh in the 200 freestyle in 1:52.37.


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