Seymour lost 87½-82½ to St. Joseph on Oct. 8. But the Wildcats still felt like winners after hosting the fourth annual Swim for Hope event for breast cancer awareness.
“Like other schools, all the Seymour High School sports teams do a pink event for breast cancer awareness, and our event is called Swim for Hope,” Seymour coach Missy Orosz said. “We always do the event in conjunction with our meet with St. Joe’s, and they help with donations too. Mary Deming is the founder of the Seymour Pink Foundation and 100 percent of funds raised goes directly to that foundation that helps families dealing with cancer.”
There is a reason why the Wildcats always do the event with St. Joseph. Deming was a student at St. Joe’s and then taught at Seymour for 36 years before retiring this year. Orosz said Deming started her foundation in honor of her mother, who passed away from the disease.
“Mary Deming loves the event we do, especially because it involves St. Joseph,” Orosz said. “We collect donations from both teams and also raffle off baskets of goodies that local businesses and families donate.”
This year’s event raised $414.
SCC meet approaching
As the dual-meet season winds down, teams in the Southern Connecticut Conference are preparing for the conference meet that will be held Oct. 28-29. The diving championship will be held at Hamden on Oct. 28 at 5 p.m and the swim championships will be held Oct. 29 at Southern Connecticut State at 6 p.m.
Cheshire is the defending champion. The Rams’ top challengers are expected to be Amity, Branford and first-year SCC member Lauralton Hall.
Gaining experience important for Foran
Entering this season, Foran coach Kristin Skuches expected an up-and-down dual-meet season after suffering heavy graduation losses. Despite the Lions’ 4-6 record, Skuches and her team have been upbeat.
“We lost a solid senior class to graduation this past season and we are a young team,” Skuches said. “But we have some talented underclassmen leading the way this season. We’re looking for our team to gain more experience with each meet and get as many swimmers and divers to qualify for states (Class S) as possible by the end of the season.”
Among the top swimmers for the Lions are sophomore Sarah Fitzgerald (breaststroke, butterfly, individual medley) and juniors Hannah Buckley (IM, distance and sprint freestyles) and Erica Hanson (sprint freestyles, breaststroke). Among the freshmen making an impact are Ava Corsi (sprint freestyles), Emily Sportini (freestyles, backstroke) and Emma Longley (diving).
The Lions will conclude their dual-meet season on Oct. 22 against cross-town rival Law at Foran at 7 p.m. The Eagles are led by seniors Angelica Jamie Loma, Phoebe Herbert and Kelsey Kopazna and juniors Kelly Scianna and Haley McNulty.
(From meets called into the Register)
- 200-yard medley relay: Cheshire (Lindsay Smalec, Lily Kurtz, Liz Boyer, Elie Senft) 1:54.64
- 200 freestyle: Dana Chung (Amity) 1:58.6
- 200 individual medley: Chung (Amity) 2:11.97
- 50 freestyle: Allie Mascia (Hand) 23.69
- 1-meter diving:: Alexis Heiney (Sheehan) 234.35 points
- 100 butterfly: Smalec (Cheshire) 58.58
- 100 freestyle: Chung (Amity) 54:06
- 500 freestyle: Boyer (Cheshire) 5:14.31
- 200 freestyle relay: Amity (Madeline Snow, Kayleigh Foley, Katie Jensen, Chung) 1:43.78
- 100 breaststroke: Boyer (Cheshire) 1:07.86
- 100 backstroke: Simona Visinski (Sheehan) 1:02.41
- 400 freestyle relay: Amity (Snow, Maggie Lasto, Megan Lasto, Chung) 3:45.29