NEW HAVEN >> Winning never gets old for Cheshire.
The Rams captured their fourth straight Southern Connecticut Conference championship and their 21st in 22 years after finishing with a score of 1426.5 at Southern Connecticut State University on Wednesday.
“This is amazing,” said Cheshire swimmer Elizabeth Boyer. “This was the best meet, we’ve come together as a team and it’s so fun.”
The last team to win the SCC title was Amity in 2011. Lauralton Hall was second place with a score of 1109. The Crusaders’ Elizabeth Sargent was awarded Most Outstanding Swimmer.
Despite finishing second place, Crusaders’ coach Francis Pfeiffer said he is proud of his team’s performance. In just their second season in the SCC, after leaving the South-West Conference, he said the Crusaders are proving they belong.
“We took a lot of first places, Sargent was swimmer of the meet and we won two out of the three relays,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Rams keep the conference title trophy in Cheshire. Rams coach Dan Mascolo, in his fourth season, said the dominant conference run is due in part to the hard work of the coaching staff, swimmers and the town of Cheshire.
“The groundwork was laid decades ago and maintained,” he said. “I got to come in and be the steward of the program. There is great tradition of swimming in Cheshire, the club team is amazing; the surrounding areas do a great job of developing swimmers. I just get to borrow them for three months out of the year.”
And the swimmers Mascolo borrowed did not disappoint in the final, as Boyer was second in the 200 IM with a time of 2:10.24, Shannon Lindsay was fifth place in the 50 freestyle with a time of 26.70 and the Rams won the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:42.02.
As Cheshire pulled away from the pack and Lauralton Hall continued its solid second place finish, Amity came in third overall with 859.5 points, Hand was fourth overall with 642.5 points and North Haven completed the top five with 585.5 total points.
However, for the fourth straight year and 21st time in the last 22 years, it was Cheshire’s night.
“This certainly never gets old,” Mascolo said.
2015 SCC Championship Meet
Final Team Results: 1. Cheshire, 1426.5; 2. Lauralton Hall, 1109; 3. Amity Regional, 859.5; 4. Daniel Hand, 642.5; 5. North Haven, 585.5; 6. Branford, 540; 7. Shelton, 465; 8. Sacred Heart Academy, 434; 9. Lyman Hall, 430; 10. Sheehan, 380; 11. Mercy, 371; 12. Foran, 357; 13. Hamden, 311; 14. Jonathan Law, 194; 15. West Haven, 190; 16. East Haven, 87.
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