NEW HAVEN >> One could say that Liz Boyer and her Cheshire teammates consider the SCC championship as the “fun meet”, before focusing their attention on the upcoming Class L and State Open championships.
Boyer and the Rams seemed to have enjoyed themselves Thursday at Moore Fieldhouse on the campus of Southern Connecticut State University. Boyer won two individual events and was a member of one winning relay to pace Cheshire to its fifth straight SCC title.
“I think this meet for us is just a very team meet,” said Boyer, a junior. “We all get very excited because we know if we come in here, and do our best, we have a shot at the title. We were just really excited for it.”
The Rams have now won 22 of the 23 league meets contested since 1994. Cheshire tallied 1,405 points to win comfortably over second-place Amity (888). Lauralton Hall was third (779.5), Hand placed fourth (751.5) and North Haven finished fifth (630).
“It’s one of those things that, when I was hired, kind of the expectation was Cheshire wins the SCC and wins state titles,” fifth-year Cheshire coach Dan Mascolo said. “I don’t think I fulfilled my job yet, I think this is just one step along the way to a state title. The girls have fun at this meet and, when the girls have fun, they swim fast. That’s the name of this sport: to be able to swim fast, and be loose and relaxed, and ready to go.”
Boyer claimed victory in the 200 individual medley (2 minutes, 5.66 seconds) and the 500 freestyle (5:01.18). Boyer, who was named the meet’s most outstanding swimmer, teamed with Julia Stevens, Lily Kurtz and Cameryn Guetens to win the 200 medley relay (1:52.78). Boyer placed second in the 200 IM last season.
“I was really excited to swim that event,” Boyer said. “I really like the 2 IM.”
Foran senior Sarah Fitzgerald defended her title in the 100 breaststroke by finishing in 1:06.55
“It’s awesome, it’s been like such a crazy ride,” Fitzgerald said. “When I was a freshman, we didn’t win anything at SCCs and now our team has improved so much. To be apart of that is really great.”
Fitzgerald’s teammate, junior Emma Longley, won her second straight league championship in diving. Longley scored 435.50 points during Wednesday’s competition to set the league record previously held by Cheshire’s Katelyn Cox in 1997. Cox scored 434.55.
Lauralton Hall junior Katherine Begg won the 200 freestyle (1:56.80), Lyman Hall freshman Catherine Loughlin won the 100 butterfly (57.65) and Hand freshman Kayla Mendonca placed first in the 100 backstroke (57.93).
The meet was a successful one for Shelton, which placed just seventh overall, but crowned two individual champions and one winning relay. Junior Simona Visinski won the 100 freestyle (52.00) to capture her first SCC title. Visinski swam for the Gaels part of her freshman year but later that year decided to swim solely with her club team. Visinski returned to the Shelton team this year.
“I’m actually really excited because this is my first full high school year,” Visinski said. “It’s a complete honor to win that event, it’s my best event, so it feels really good.”
Shelton sophomore Louise Kim placed first in the 50 freestyle (24.42) and teamed with Visinski, sophomore Emma Parkes and junior Caitlin McGuire to win the 200 freestyle relay.
“It feels amazing,” Kim said after her victory in the 50 freestyle. “I had no idea I was going to do this, I felt like I was doing horribly. I was just so shocked.”
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Team scores: 1. Cheshire, 1,405; 2. Amity, 888; 3. Lauralton Hall, 779.5; 4. Hand, 751.5; 5. North Haven, 630; 6. Lyman Hall, 592; 7. Shelton, 582; 8. Foran, 537; 9. Branford, 389.50; 10. Sheehan, 373.
200 medley relay: 1. Cheshire (Julia Stevens, Lily Kurtz, Cameryn Guetens, Liz Boyer), 1:52.78; 2. Lyman Hall, 1:52.90; 3. Hand, 1:52.94
200 freestyle: 1. Katherine Begg (Lauralton), 1:56.80; 2. Brenna McLaughlin (Lauralton), 1:57.02; 2. Kayla Mendonca (Hand), 1:57.02
200 IM: 1. Liz Boyer (Cheshire), 2:05.66; 2. Julia Stevens (Cheshire), 2:12.46; 3. Angela Gambardella (North Haven), 2;12.65
50 freestyle: 1. Louise Kim (Shelton), 24.42; 2. Allie Mascia (Hand), 24.63; 3. Emma Parkes (Shelton), 25.04
100 butterfly: 1. Catherine Loughlin (Lyman Hall), 57.65; 2. Katherine Alvarado (Amity), 58.52; 3. Laura Rosado (East Haven/Wilbur Cross), 58.89
100 freestyle: 1. Simona Visinski (Shelton), 52.00; 2. Allie Mascia (Hand), 54.25; 3. Emma Parkes (Shelton), 54.69
500 freestyle: 1. Liz Boyer (Cheshire), 5:01.18; 2. Brenna McLaughlin (Lauralton), 5:11.49; 3. Lauren Spencer (North Haven), 5:14.12
200 freestyle relay: 1. Shelton (Louise Kim, Emma Parkes, Caitlin McGuire, Simona Visinski), 1:39.44; 2. Cheshire, 1:40.82; 3. Lauralton Hall, 1:43.03
100 backstroke: 1. Kayla Mendonca (Hand), 57.93; 2. Laura Rosado (East Haven/Wilbur Cross), 58.19; 3. Simona Visinski (Shelton), 1:00.13
100 breaststroke: 1. Sarah Fitzgerald (Foran), 1:06.55; 2. Angela Gambardella (North Haven), 1:07.12; 3. Lily Kurtz (Cheshire), 1:08.26
400 freestyle relay: 1. Cheshire (Esther Han, Jordyn Deubel, Cameryn Guetens, Julia Stevens), 3:38.13; 2. Shelton, 3:38.25; 3. Hand, 3:42.83.