For Liz Boyer, a freshman on the Cheshire girls swim team, last season was a lot of fun. The three-letter word was a big part of her vocabulary and a big part her inaugural experience competing on the high school level.
She had fun at the Southern Connecticut Conference meet where she won the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 57.85 seconds and second in the 100 butterfly (59.46). She had fun at the CIAC State Open where she won the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.81 and finished fourth in the 200 freestyle in 1:53.74.
But she really had a lot of fun at the CIAC Class L meet where she set a meet record winning the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.73 (tied school record set by Kim Jerome). She was fourth in the 200 freestyle at Class L in 1:53.61.
For her effort, Boyer has been selected the Register Area Girls Swimming MVP.
“I had so much fun with the team this season,” Boyer said. “I was just excited to swim with the team because everyone is so supportive, especially the seniors. All I wanted to do was the best I could. My overall goals were to do personal bests, score as many points as I could for the team and produce fast times.
“In the postseason, my biggest goal was to do well at the Class L meet. I worked hard for it but it was a big surprise when I set the meet record in the breaststroke. That was the best I could have ever dreamed of doing in that meet. I was so excited.”
Boyer led the Rams to the SCC meet title (1,291.5 points), third place team title at the Class L meet and fourth place at the State Open.
“Liz has been a tremendous asset to our team,” Cheshire coach Dan Mascolo said. “She came in for her freshman year ready to prove herself at every practice. Liz is such a strong competitor that we often would not talk about time, but just on where we could go faster and become more competitive in her races.
“She always wants to be a contributor to the team. Liz has a great team-first mentality and was more excited about the points she earned for the team when she won the (Class L) 100 breaststroke, than about the victory or the record itself. As a coach, you can’t ask for more than that.”
Boyer was strong in her events coming off the blocks. But her forte is her late kick and ability to finish strong.
“Next year, my goal is to have more fun with the team and produce more personal bests,” Boyer said. “It’s a great environment, we support each other and I’m glad to have another three more years with the team.”