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Conard Swimmers Set Record in Win Over Simsbury

Charlie Krajc, Lenny Belyaev, Julian Flores, and Ben Arky broke the Westminster 200 Medley Relay pool record. Courtesy photo

The 200 Medley Relay team from West Hartford’s Conard High School set a pool record in 102-82 win over Simsbury Wednesday night.

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Conard’s 200 Medley Relay has been perfect so far this season, taking first place in every meet they’ve competed in.

On Wednesday night, the team arrived at Westminster to compete against conference rival Simsbury, and discovered they wouldn’t just be swimming to improve their conference record. The relay team – consisting of Charlie Krajc (junior), Lenny Belyaev (senior captain), Julian Flores (senior captain), and Ben Arky (senior) – checked the pool record board and discovered they had already swam a faster time than the current record holders the previous week.

Less than two minutes after the meet started, Krajc, Belyaev, Flores, and Arky beat the current record of 1:42.76 by nearly one second, combining for a time of 1:41.89 and giving the Chieftains an 8-6 lead over a tough Simsbury team.

The Chieftains held the lead over the course of the meet with first place finishes in the 200 Freestyle by junior Liam Switzer, 50 and 100 Freestyle by Arky, 100 Butterfly and Breaststroke by Flores, 500 Freestyle by senior captain John Zehr, 100 Backstroke by Krajc, and in the 400 Freestyle Relay by Arky, Switzer, Krajc, and junior Justice Seymour. 

Flores and Arky are no strangers to setting records, as they helped set two school records last season in the 200 and 400 Freestyle relays. This year Krajc and Belyaev are hoping to join them on the board as the four will be attempting to break the Conard 200 Medley Relay that was set in 2012.

The 3-2 overall (1-1 in conference) Chieftains will face a very tough Farmington team on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 3:30 p.m. at Cornerstone Aquatics Center when they hope to improve their in conference record to 2-1.

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