MIDDLETOWN >> Perennial Class S favorites Weston and Sacred Heart showed their power again Tuesday evening in a one-two finish at Wesleyan University.
The Berkshire League showed its own power with a three-four finish, Northwestern and Shepaug after that.
Coaches were as antsy as the swimmers before the meet.
“We don’t know yet,” smiled Weston coach Tom Grace, whose Trojans finished first last year and now make it three of the last four.
Sacred Heart coach Ray Snyder was a little more certain.
“We have no shot at first, but a good chance at second,” he said.
The real battle set up between the Berkshire League champion and runner-up.
“Sacred Heart got too many points in diving (first and fourth) for us to have a chance at second,” said Shepaug’s Todd Dyer, whose Spartans finished second in the BL. “It’s going to be close between us and Northwestern for third.”
Colin Decker made all-state (top three individual places) with a second and third in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly for Shepaug.
Peter Kamianowski is state champion in the 500 free for Northwestern.
As usual, quality depth made the difference behind the stars.
“I’m surprised we (beat Shepaug),” said Northwestern coach Mary DiMauro, “but we had three or four kids in each event and, of course, Peter won the 500.”
The win shouldn’t have been a surprise for Weston, which finished fourth in the powerful SouthWest Conference (SWC). Among those who beat them, Brookfield is the Class M champion; Pomperaug is a favorite for Class L today.
Weston swimmers won the first three events, then moved on from there.
Berkshire League swimmers plugged along right behind.
Kamianowski had his best time for a fifth in the 200 free; Kiley Stotler was eighth in the 200 IM even without her best time.
Decker was disappointed with his 50 freestyle time, but set a personal best for the fly.
Kamianowski’s 500 win might have been the gutsiest of the day.
Seeded first by more than 10 seconds, Kamianowski got a stiff challenge from Holy Cross’ Ryan Fryer.
“In the last lap, my right goggle filled up with water, so I couldn’t see where he was,” said Kamianowski. “I just gave it my all.”
His final line is the story of every race.
Team scores: 1. Weston 695; 2. Sacred Heart 603; 3. Northwestern 463; 4. Shepaug 432.5; 5. Holy Cross 410; 6. East Catholic 376.5; 7. Oxford 293; 8. Woodland 260; 9. H-K 254; 10. Rocky Hill 227; 11. Northwest Catholic 165; 12. Seymour 142; 13. Plainville 129; 14. Suffield 128; 15. Gilbert 118; 16. (tie) Granby Memorial, Wamogo, 76; 18. Litchfield 68; 19. Valley Regional 51; 20. Bolton 49; 21. Old Lyme 37; 22. Lewis Mills.