MIDDLETOWN — Notre Dame-West Haven knew it was going to need an almost perfect performance to have a chance to win the Class M boys’ swim meet Thursday night at Wesleyan’s Freeman Athletic Center.
That didn’t happen, but the Green Knights had a great night, finishing second in the meet with 529 points. That was still well behind Weston, which used its depth to roll to the state championship with 672 points.
It was the fifth straight state title for the Trojans, winners in Class S the last four years before they moved up to M this winter.
“High school swimming is cyclical,” Weston coach Tom Grace said. “I’m just going to ride the wave now and see what happens next year and the year after. We knew Notre Dame would give us a battle.”
Notre Dame coach Paul Katz was aware it would be tough to beat Weston.
“We knew coming into the meet that Weston was very deep and strong,” Katz said. “We don’t have the depth they do, but I’m very pleased with how we swam.”
Notre Dame won five races in the meet, including a pair each for senior David May and junior North Hansen.
“Both are talented swimmers and they come through,” Katz said. “They showed it off tonight.”
The big story for the Green Knights was May’s performance in the 100-yard butterfly. He broke the Class M record at 49.53 seconds, which bested the previous mark of 49.82, set by Daniel Sweeney of New Canaan in 2009.
May’s mark was the only state record beaten in the meet as he rolled to an easy victory in the race, beating Stefan Garbee of Weston by 2.14 seconds. Another Green Knight swimmer, Shawn Parrott, was sixth at 55.01 seconds.
“I was hoping to be under 50 seconds, so I’ll take it,” said May, who hurt his back in December and it’s only been starting to get better.
May also captured the 200-yard individual medley in 1:51.18, besting Garbee (1:54.15) again. Chris Wu of Hand was fourth at 2:00.63.
Hansen won the 200-yard freestyle (1:43.43), besting Tim Joyce of Bethel (1:46.12). Tyler Merritt of Hand was third (1;47.32) and William Porter of Hand sixth (1:47.92). Porter also finished fifth in the 100-yard freestyle (4.62), just behind Tom Minar of Notre Dame (49:41) who was fourth.
Hansen dominated the 500-yard freestyle relay as he won it by 3 1/2 seconds. Hansen swam it in 4:38.63, defeating Joyce (4:42.24). Tyler Merritt of Hand was fifth at 4:52.22.
“I’m happy since these are my first two state titles,” Hansen said. “I knew coming in that Tim Joyce was going to be right there, especially in the 500 free. At trials, he pushed me to go my best time and he did again today.”
The foursome of Hansen, Minar, Marco Secchiaroli and May also won the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:13.39) in the final event of the night.
The Notre Dame quartet of Minar, Hansen, Cameron Jurzyk and May finished second in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:29.80), 25/100ths a second behind Weston. Hand’s foursome of Porter, Dylan Merritt, Michael Healey and Tyler Merritt were fifth (1:32.71).
Hand-Madison was third with 472 points, while Avon finished fourth at 465.
“I’m ecstatic with the way we swam today,” Hand coach Christina Forristall said. “We’re a young team and we’re just growing into this state tournament thing. I’m very excited and very proud. We broke several school records today.”
Chris Wu was the only swimming winner for Hand as he won the 100-yard backstroke (53.03).
Seechiaroli took third (54.00). Paul O’Connor took third in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:00.97).
Tianyi Zeng of Hand monopolized the diving competition, winning the event by 244 points. He scored 636.24 points, beating Liam Simmons of Weston, who had 392.75 points.