NEW HAVEN — The Fairfield Prep boys’ swimming dynasty continues.
The Jesuits won their 15th consecutive Southern Connecticut Conference boys’ swimming championship Wednesday afternoon, easily outdistancing the rest of the field at the Hutchinson Natatorium on the campus of Southern Connecticut State University.
Fairfield Prep scored 1261.5 points to take first place, while Cheshire was second with 931 and Xavier third with 658.5.
“It’s a great honor. Fifteen years ago, I don’t think anyone would have believed 15 in a row,” Fairfield Prep coach Rick Hutchinson said. “You appreciate it because you never know when it’s going to end.”
Hutchinson has been walking the side of the pools for all 15 years for the Jesuits, seven of them as the head coach.
Last year, Fairfield Prep finished with the second highest point total in SCC history with 1445.
“We’re a senior heavy team and we rely on our seniors to win it,” Hutchinson said. “We’re very proud of it. All you can ask for is your best efforts and we got that and then some.”
Richard Nolan of Fairfield Prep captured the Outstanding Swimmer Award as he won both the 200-yard individual medley (1:53.38) and the 100-yard breaststroke (58.70). He also was a member of both the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:16.40) and the 200-yard medley relay (1:39.34).
“It’s the most valuable team,” Nolan said afterwards. “You can’t swim these races without seeing teammates filling the stands. Seeing that sea of red is awesome. “
Sam Hanke of Cheshire was the other individual double winner in the meet as he captured both the 200-yard freestyle (1:44.71) and the 100-yard backstroke (52.70). He also was a member of the winning 200-yard freestyle relay team (1:29.74).
“He stepped up huge and he’s a huge motivator for our whole team,” Cheshire coach Megan McGorry said.
McGorry beamed when asked about the Rams’ second place finish.
“It’s a huge mountain to beat them (Fairfield Prep), but we were happy to compete and get some wins in the whole event,” she said. “We scored out the meet beforehand and we weren’t shooting for first. We were shooting to get the closest second we could. We’re a young team with a lot of freshmen and sophomores. We’re building it one step at a time.”
Other individual first place finishes went to John Stoeffler of North Haven in the 50-yard freestyle (21.99), Andrew Buehler of Sheehan in diving (558.10 points), Jack Rogers of Fairfield Prep in the 100-yard butterfly (52.85), Joseph Zellner of Sheehan in the 100-yard freestyle (48.55) and Aidan Henry of Branford/Guilford in the 500-yard freestyle (4:44.28).