NEW HAVEN >> There were certainly a lot of happy winners at the Class M girls swimming championships at Southern Connecticut State’s Moore Fieldhouse on Wednesday. But no swimmer was more ecstatic than senior Haley Mitchell-Adams of Bunnell.
In three previous Class M meets, Mitchell-Adams came away winless. The fourth time’s was the charm.
Mitchell-Adams won the 50-yard freestyle in 24.47 seconds and then added another win in the 100 freestyle in 53.45.
“I’m very happy, so happy I finally came away with a win in this meet,” Mitchell-Adams said. “I put on a new suit today, new goggles and I was pumped up for today. I didn’t want to disappoint anyone and I just went for it. I always seemed to come up short in this meet in the past.”
Pomperaug won the Class M team title with 666 points, followed by Brookfield (536) and Branford (473). Sheehan was sixth with 283 points.
Jaime Robinson of Sacred Heart Academy also had a solid meet with a win in the 200 freestyle in 1:56.12 and a second place in the 500 freestyle in 5:10.04.
In the 50 freestyle, Lauren Rasile of Branford was a close second (24.50) to Mitchell-Adams.
“I thought the 50 was close at the end,” Mitchell-Adams said. “I kicked hard and thought I was second. I was shocked to find out I won.”
Mitchell-Adams had another close finish in the 100. Rachel Brown of Brookfield was second in 53.51 and Rasile was third (53.95).
“Haley has been working hard all year to get to this point,” Bunnell coach Adam Fielding said. “Her focus was to do well in this meet.”
Robinson’s goal entering the meet was a win in the 200 freestyle and second in the 500 freestyle.
“I accomplished my goals,” said Robinson, a sophomore. “I won both events at the SCC meet and couldn’t be happier with the way my season has gone. The 200 was real close and I really didn’t get up front until the final 25 yards.”
Branford coach Scott Butler, an admitted number-cruncher, figured his team had an outside chance to repeat as Class M champion. That was before he found out about the depth of Pomperaug, which moved from Class L to M this season.
“Three weeks ago I thought we had a chance to repeat,” Butler said. “But then I started getting data regarding Pomperaug and it was clear they’d be the frontrunner. They had depth in every event.
“We had some good results tonight with several swimmers getting lifetime bests, including Julia Dietz in the backstroke (fifth, 1:01.27) and Lauren Rasile in her two events. We’re looking forward to the State Open (Saturday, noon at Yale) where we hope to finish in the top 10.”
Pomperaug had only two wins, an individual win with Grace Regan in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.05) and in the 400 freestyle relay (3:37.39).