BOYS SWIMMING: Trojans end Sheehan’s hold on Wallingford rivalry series; Southington on the money in taking CCC West crown

BOYS SWIMMING: Trojans end Sheehan’s hold on Wallingford rivalry series; Southington on the money in taking CCC West crown



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WALLINGFORD — Lyman Hall/Coginchaug snapped a six-year losing skid to Sheehan in the annual Wallingford boys swim meet at Sheehan High School on Wednesday night.

The Trojans won 98-79 to complete the season sweep of their crosstown rivals after LH won the girls meet in the fall.

“These seniors had not seen a win against Sheehan, so I’m happy for them,” LH Co-op coach Donna Neary said. “We had some really good swims. Elyse (Boothroyd) broke the Coginchaug school record and Kenny (Lagamao) swam his way to his best time in the fly.”

The LH Co-op (4-7) won six individual events and overwhelmed the Titans with their numbers, with 28 on the roster to Sheehan’s 16.

It was the the Titans (1-9-1), though, who sported individual double-winners in Joey Zellner and Adam DiDomenico. Both also swam legs on a pair of successful relays.

“There aren’t many meets we go into where we don’t think they are going to win their events,” Sheehan coach Keith Cargan said of Zellner and DiDomenico. “That’s not being cocky. They are just at a different level than most swimmers that we swim against.”

The Titans opened Wednesday’s meet by taking three of the first four races. The quartet of DiDomenico, Zellner, Aaron Gamble and Billy Syme led throughout in the 200 medley relay and touched the wall first in 1:51.10.

Zellner and DiDomenico took the next two races — Zellner the 200 freestyle in 1:55.50, DiDomenico the 200 IM in 2:11.41.

The Trojans’ first victory came in the 50 free. It was delivered by Coginchaug senior Cam Nielsen, who touched in 24.53 to edge Gamble (24.80).

Boothroyd, a junior, followed with a 241.0 in diving. That broke her own Coginchaug six-dive school record of 237.05.

“I honestly didn’t think I had it,” Boothroyd said. “I thought my dives were good and I was getting good scores on them. I just wasn’t processing whether I got the record. But it feels good.”

Boothroyd’s performance also helped the Co-op establish a 46-32 edge after five events.

The Trojans kept the winning going with Lagamao, the freshman, splashing his way to victory in the 100 butterfly in 59.36.

Zellner put the Titans back in the win column with his second conquest of the night, this time in the 100 freestyle (49.32).

Coginchaug senior captain Nate Strang won the 500 free in 5:51.40, however, and the Trojans continued to build on their lead.

The Trojans breezed their way to victory in the 200 free relay with Cam Nielsen, Lagamao, Dylan Zolnick and Shane Fitzpatrick. That group clocked in at 1:44.85. 

DiDomenico then collected first place in the 100 backstroke in 1:00.03 for his second individual victory of the meet. Lyman Hall’s Cam Baker answered in the 100 breaststroke (1:12.61).

“This win felt good,” Baker said. “Our rivalry against Sheehan is one of the best. It’s great to finally come out on top against them. It was a great team win for us.”

Sheehan won the 400 free relay in 3:55.89 behind Syme, Kalen Boman, DiDomenico and Zellner to cap the meet. 

The Co-op seniors honored before Wednesday’s meet were Lyman Hall’s Josh Ramirez and Coginchaug’s Strang and Nielsen.

“It’s fun and the kids have done a great job,” Neary said. “We rose to the occasion. It’s a Sheehan/Lyman Hall meet. We always do.”

The graduating Sheehan seniors are DiDomenico, Syme, Marley Esch, Gabe Wells and Valarie Nicholson.

“Congratulations to Lyman Hall and Coach Neary,” Cargan said. “They have been behind the scenes getting better and better and better. This was their year. They swam great tonight. They always swim tough.”

The Titans were rebuilding this season after graduating 12 seniors from a year ago. Interestingly, Cargan didn’t rule out a potential co-op in the future for the Titans.

“Us and Hamden are the only two teams in SCC Division II without a co-op and it’s getting tougher and tougher to compete,” Cargan said. “It seems to be the trend. We are like the last man standing.”

Southington 88, Northwest Catholic 68: The Blue Knights wrapped up a divisional championship with the CCC West triumph at the Southington YMCA.

The Blue Knights also honored their graduating seniors and, through their season-long fundraising efforts, donated $1,138 to the American Parkinson Disease Association.

Coach Evan Tuttle and his crew now head to the postseason after a 10-1 dual-meet season and a spotless 5-0 run through the CCC West.

Against Northwest, Southington got two wins apiece from Landon Colby, Jackson Malsheske and Tyler Heidgerd. Derek Melanson and Brian Egan added single victories.

Colby captured both distance freestyles. He clocked in at 1:57.86 in the 200 and 5:23.89 in the 500.

Malsheske was the man in the 200 IM (2:11.68) and the 100 freestyle (53.78). Heidgerd touched in 23.45 and 57.05 to take, respectively, the 50 free and the 100 fly.

Melanson’s win came in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.47), Egan’s in the 100 backstroke (1:01.56). The duo also teamed with Heidgerd and Jon Cocchiola on the winning 200 medley relay (1:46.13).

Melanson and Heidgerd combined with Dan Perez and Kyle Buchanan to bring home the 200 free relay (1:38.59). Perez and Buchanan later joined Cocchiola and Egan on the first-place 400 free (3:44.74).


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