MIDDLETOWN >> Middletown High’s girls team has been swimming Farmington since forever. Yet from the Northwest Conference days through the Central Connecticut Conference of today, the result was always the same: Farmington would win.
The Blue Dragons took the lead with a 1-2-3 finish in the 200-yard freestyle, the second event of the meet, and never trailed in winning their third consecutive meet 97-84 at the Parmelee-Baldwin pool to break the streak.
The meet wasn’t as close as the score indicates as Middletown coach Trevor Charles opted to swim the final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, unofficially.
Had it counted, the final score would have been 107-76.
“It’s been more than 20 years since we’ve beaten them,” Charles said. “I know when I was a student here (1996-2000) and in my time as a coach, we never beat them. I thought today would be close but that we had a chance to win, but we swam much better than I thought. In fact, we have been swimming better all season than I thought we might.”
Why is that?
“Our practices have been, on average, high quality and focused,” Charles said. “The girls want to improve, which is a nice change from some times in the past. They have a clear commitment to technique and personal improvement.”
Middletown got a bit lucky in the opening event, the 200-yard medley relay, as Farmington’s third place team was disqualified, thus the Indians took only an 8-6 lead instead of 10-4. But in the end it made no difference as the Dragons pulled down seven first place finishes and went 1-2-3 not only in the aforementioned 200-yard freestyle, but also in the 500-yard freestyle.
Middletown’s winners were Kim Shekosky in the 200-yard individual medley (2:15.50), Jenny Hawkins in the 200-yard freestyle (2:15.51), Jess Hart in the 100-yard butterfly (1:13.22), Hallie McCabe in the 100-yard freestyle (1:02.87), Kamila Ciebielski in the 500-yard freestyle (6:18), the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Liz Joy, Monica Flores, McCabe and Hawkins (1:57.42) and the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Ciebielski, Joy, Hart and Shekosky (4:34.94).
“Shekosky swam great today,” Charles said. “That was a huge swim in the IM and she just got nipped in the breaststroke. McCabe’s 100-yard freestyle was great as was Ciebielski in the 200 (third place) and 500-yard freestyles and Hawkins was great in the 200-yard free and the fly (second by .77 seconds).”
Middletown has just 14 swimmers and four divers, yet is 3-0.
“I use everyone of them in every way I can,” Charles said.
Farmington (1-2) took five first places, including the 200-yard medley relay team of Claire Zimmerman, Joanne Le, Meera Neelati and Libby Sanford (2:08.70), Alexa Simpson in the 50-yard freestyle (:27.84), Brittany Chen in diving (156.70 points), Zimmerman in the 100-yard backstroke (1:06.65) and Le in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:20.90)
The Dragons’ schedule will become notably more difficult shortly as it hosts Mercy on Friday at 4 p.m.
“I’m happy to be 3-0,” Charles said. “We have some very tough meets coming up, but if they keep pushing themselves they’ll continue to improve.”