TORRINGTON >> Torrington and Naugatuck had opposite reactions to an 85-85 boys swimming tie at the Torrington YMCA Wednesday night.
“It should be close,” said Torrington coach Eric Traub before the meet.
Still, the Greyhounds had a slight edge on paper. It showed up in a narrow lead (48-46) six events into the meet. With one event to go, Naugatuck still held the edge, 79-77.
Jack Wassik, JT Barth, Nick Canino and Matt Traub took the final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, by half a pool length to surge into the tie.
“It’s better than losing, but it feels like a loss,” said Naugatuck coach Jim McKee.
“We swam much better than we thought,” said Torrington coach Marchand. “We’ll take it.”
The last Torrington home meet of the season, against the team senior stars Wassik and Traub agreed was the one they most want to beat, guaranteed an exciting duel.
Each team has two NVL losses – Naugy to Holy Cross and Sacred Heart; Torrington to Watertown and Holy Cross.
Traub, Josh Coscia, Aaron Pelletier and Josh Rubino set the adrenaline tone in the first event, the 200-yard medley relay, by turning an expected close win into two body lengths at the end.
“It was a little faster than we thought,” said Marchand.
Wassik and Nick Canino took first and third in the 200 freestyle for a 19-11 Torrington lead after two.
Sophomore JT Barth held it, 26-20, with a win in the 200 individual medley.
“He’s really been stepping up lately,” said Traub.
“I’ve been working on my own in the mornings,” said Barth, who swims year-round with the Lasers.
Naugatuck’s Michael Cocchiola and Nick Fox pulled the meet into its first tie, 31-31, with a first and third in the 50 free.
Traub and Barth led Torrington to another one, 39-39, with a first and fourth in the 100 butterfly.
Then Naugatuck nudged ahead. Wassik won the 100 freestyle easily, but the Greyhounds took second, third and fourth, 48-46.
A one-three-four triumph in the 500 freestyle, led by Evan Bombery, ballooned Naugatuck’s lead to 58-51.
Torrington’s Coscia, Glenn Kittle, Canino and Wassik won the 200 free relay. Naugatuck took second and third, 65-59.
“Great swims in the backstroke and breaststroke put us in position for the tie,” said Marchand. “We were supposed to lose points. Instead, we made up four.”
Traub won the backstroke. Junior Drew Fisher steamed in third.
“I knew I had to go fast for us to win,” Fisher said. His 1:06.43 cut a second off his personal best.
Senior Josh Coscia and Jacob Galeazzi were first and third in the breaststroke.
“I kept coming in second,” said Coscia, whose 1:11.38 was two seconds better than he’s ever done before. “This is where I should have been all along.”
Torrington’s 400 freestyle relay win tied it.
“It’s better than a loss,” said Traub, echoing Greyhound Coach McKee.
“We had places where we could have done better,” said Coach Marchand. “Of course, I want to win all the races.”
Nonetheless, sometimes a tie is good.
Torrington 85, Naugatuck 85
At Torrington YMCA
200-yard medley relay: 1. Torrington (Matt Traub, Josh Coscia, Aaron Pelletier, Josh Rubino), !:49.55; 2. Naugatuck; 3. Torrington. 200 freestyle: 1. Jack Wassik (T), 1:53.00; 2. Evan Bombery (N); 3. Nick Canino (T). 200 Individual Medley: 1. JT Barth (T), 2:17.20; 2. Peter Morrissey (N); 3. Martin Lippai (N). 50 freestyle: 1. Michael Cocchiola (N), :24.37; 2. Coscia (T); 3. Nick Fox (N). 100 butterfly: 1. Traub (T), :55.47; 2. Nick Ryan (N); 3. Colby Storm (N). 100 freestyle: 1. Wassik (T), :51.82; 2. Omari Solomon (N); 3. Cocchiola (N). 500 freestyle: 1. Bombery (N), 5:27.12; 2. Canino (T); 3. Morrissey (N). 200 freestyle relay: 1. Torrington (Coscia, Glenn Kittle, Canino, Wassik), 1:38.67; 2. Nuagatuck; 3. Naugatuck. 100 backstroke: 1. Traub (T), :52.42; 2. Omari (N); 3. Drew Fisher (T). 100 breaststroke: 1. Coscia (T), 1:11.38; 2. Fox (N); 3. Jacob Galcazzi (T). 400 freestyle relay: 1. Torrington (Wassik, Barth, Canino, Traub), 3:36.64; 2. Naugatuck; 3. Naugatuck.
Records: Naugatuck 6-4-1; 5-2-1 NVL; Torrington 4-3-1; 4-2-1 NVL.