Glastonbury swims away with first win

The Glastonbury High School Girls Swimming and Diving Team hosted its first dual meet of the season last Tuesday and moved to 1-0 with a 99-77 win over Middletown. The Blue Dragons of Middletown High School were swamped by the Tomahawks as the GHS Girls won 10 of the 12 events. GHS swept the first five events to leave little doubt as to the outcome of the meet.

Coach Suzie Hoyt is entering her 11th season as head coach of the Tomahawks and this talented team of girls showed why they are to be considered one of the best teams in the state this year. Abbey Fusco, Jordan Mailly, Angie Sang and Jessica Zhang got things rolling for GHS as they placed first in the opening 200 medley relay. Completing the sweep and taking 2nd place were Shannon Linsey, Caroline Magnavita, Molly O’Connor and Kate O’Connor.

The 200 freestyle provided GHS with its 2nd straight sweep as Kate Hegwood, Helena Newandee and Maura Lonergan took 1,2 and 3. The 200 individual medley had the same result as Abbey Fusco, Jordan Mailly and Angie Sang placed first, second and third to complete the third straight sweep.

Next up was the splash and dash – the 50 freestyle. Brynn Campbell surprised everybody by winning the event while Sophie Gysling and Kerstan Mahland completed the sweep.

After that were the divers. Assistant coach Pete Suydam is entering his 4th year as diving coach at GHS and has a very strong group of divers. They completed the fifth straight sweep with Emma Jaisle taking first, Kyra Nordlund taking second and Chelsea Marquis taking third. The score at the break was Glastonbury 64 and Middletown 14.

The second half started with Middletown’s strongest performance by Adrianna Ciebielski as she touched 1st in the 100 butterfly. Glastonbury was paced by Seanna Gysling in second, Jordan Mailly in third and Sarah Ahlberg in fourth. The 100 freestyle saw a GHS return to domination with another sweep as Kate O’Connor took first, Kerstan Mahland took second and Piper Swinton took third.

The final sweep of the day for the Tomahawks came in the 500 freestyle as Ivy Milne took first, Abbie Kelly took second, and Luna Milne took third. The score was 99 to 27 in favor of GHS and this clinched the meet.

The relay team of Kate O’Connor, Sophie Gysling, Brynn Campbell and Kate Hegwood touched first in the 200 freestyle relay while Piper Swinton, Maura Lonergan, Daley O’Keefe and Sarah Ahlberg touched second. Shannon Linsey touched first in the 100 backstroke while Molly O’Connor touched third and Amanda Walker touched fourth.

Adrianna Ciebielski of Middletown became the only individual event double winner of the meet as she took 1st place in the 100 breaststroke. Caroline Maganvita was second, Jessica Zhang was third and Joyce Shang was fourth.

The final 400 freestyle relay saw the team of Daley O’Keefe, Ivy Milne, Luna Milne and Sophie Gysling touch first while Micaela Condon, Abbie Kelly, Helena Newandee and Nicole Sellew touched second. The final score was Glastonbury 99 and Middletown 77.

There were 14 state qualifiers from this meet – Kate Hegwood (200 free), Helena Newandee (200 free), Abbey Fusco (200 IM), Jordan Mailly (200 IM & 100 fly), Angie Sang (200 IM), Brynn Campbell (50 free), Sophie Gysling (50 free), Kate O’Connor (50 & 100 free), Emma Jaisle (diving), Kyra Nordlund (diving), Haley Foster (diving), Seanna Gysling (100 fly), Shannon Linsey (100 back) and Caroline Magnavita (100 breast).

Upcoming meets include Wethersfield away on Friday, September 27th at 5 PM and East Hartford at home on Tuesday, October 1st at 3:45 PM.

Contributed by Steve Hoyt

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