Girls swimming: Late adjustments secure victory

Olivia Watson swims the breaststroke fduring a Weston High girls swim meet at Newtown last thursday, Sept. 27. Weston won 95-91 to improve its record to 5-0.—Gabrielle Watson photo

There was no margin for error for the Weston High girls swim team when came time for the final event in its meet against Newtown.

Down by two points, the Trojans not only needed to win the 400 free relay, they had to take third as well to be assured a victory. Several swimmers who came through for them earlier in the meet stepped up again as the Trojans came from behind for a 95-91 win last Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Newtown High pool and remain unbeaten at 5-0 overall.

Weston had the advantage in first places with nine, including in the 200 medley relay. Kiersen Daly, Lucy Watson, Alex Edgar and Katie Johnson finished with a winning time of two minutes, 1.7 seconds.

Claire Kerns led the way in the 200 freestyle in 2:09.12 for the win. Fourth went to Julia Clark in 2:14.01.

Daly, who helped account for four first places in the meet, got one in the 200 medley relay in 2:20.71. Right behind her was Brenna Nimkoff in 2:24.77 and Lauren Solinsky was fifth in 2:40.19.

Johnson, who also had a hand in four first places, was first in the 50 free in 26.32. After the Nighthawks took second and third Dacia Gross followed in 27.96 and Edgar was fifth in 28.21.

Another win was in the diving event, courtesy of Hannah Schroeder. Third went to Keturah Sarno.

Newtown’s first win was in the 100 butterfly. Weston’s points came from Edgar in second (1:09.43) and Solinsky in fifth (1:12.37).

Picking up her second individual win, Johnson finished the 100 free in 56.69. Kerns also finished in under a minute, taking fourth in 59.54.

Three Trojans scored in the 500 free, which Nimkoff led in 5:40.01. Clare Murray was third in 6.01.29 and Julia Clark was fifth in 6:09.18.

Remaining close in the 200 free relay, Newtown was first and third. Gross, Kerns, Illana Berger and Edgar combined for second (1:57.52).

Daly earned a second individual win in the 100 backstroke in 1:04.31. Fourth went to Emily Clark in 1.11.16 and Emily Olin wad fifth in 1:15.7.

Taking the top two places in the 100 breaststroke helped the Nighthawks build a slim lead but Weston remained in contention with Olivia Watson taking third in 1:19 and Lucy Watson was right behind her in 1:19.58 in fourth.

It turned out the Trojans still had plenty left over for the last event. Head coach Tom Grace made a few changes in the lineup and not only did Kerns, Gross, Daly and Johnson win the 400 free relay in 3:52.02, Murray, Julia Clark, Berger and Nimkoff secured much-needed third-place points in 4:05,87 as the Trojans remained unbeaten.

Weston visits Bunnell on Friday at Flood Middle School at 4 p.m. and hosts Pomperaug on Tuesday, also at 4.

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