One of the most exciting girls swimming dual meets in Connecticut this season will take place tonight (Monday) with Amity (11-0 overall, 10-0 in the Southern Connecticut Conference) and Cheshire (10-0 overall and in the SCC) facing off to determine the SCC regular-season champion at the Hamden Hall pool in the Beckerman Athletic Complex in Hamden at 7 p.m.
Cheshire is led by last season’s Register girls swimming MVP Lindsay Smalec (100 butterfly, 200 individual medley). Other top swimmers include senior Ellie Senft in the sprint events and freshmen Amando Go (sprint events) and Liz Boyer who is versatile enough to swim in any event.
“I expect our meet to be the greatest challenge to either team this season,” Cheshire coach Dan Mascolo said. “It will most likely come down to a couple close races, whoever can get their hand on the wall first.
“There will be a lot of battles for third, fourth and fifth place that could make the difference. I fully expect it to come down to the 400 freestyle relay at the end.”
The Spartans as usual are loaded with their share of talent that includes an experienced group of seniors.
Among the seniors is last season’s Register All-Area selection Dana Chung who excels in the sprint freestyles. Other seniors are Madeline Snow (distance freestyles), Hannah Babbitz (freestyles), Mollee Lasto (100 backstroke), Lydia Pokluda (100 breaststroke), Lauren Perrone (freestyles), Olivia Falcigno (freestyles), Sydney Formica (freestyles), Amanda Hudson (100 backstroke) and Hilde Gehr (freestyles).
“Our final dual meet of the season will be an exciting and challenging one against Cheshire,” said Amity coach Todd Rainey, selected last season’s Register girls swimming coach of the year. “Cheshire has a lot of depth, they’re talented and well coached. It will likely come down to the final event to determine the winner.”