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Conard Swimming and Diving Continues Win Streak

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Conard hosted Farmington at Cornerstone Aquatics Center in West Hartford on Tuesday, and and after an intense meet now has a 5-0 record for the season.


Conard girls swimming and diving improved to 5-0 on the season, and 2-0 in the CCC West on Tuesday afternoon after a come-from-behind win against Farmington High School that featured 11 races decided by less than a second, and outstanding performances by both teams.

Farmington started the meet strong, with their A Medley Relay (Jaee Raut, Jenney Liu, Alexandra Urbanowicz, Abby Bertolette) taking the first place spot ahead of Conard’s A Medley Relay (Gracie Lowney, Ella Hall, Rachel Mathews, Kayla Lowney), while their B Medley Relay team was able to fight off Conard for the third place spot, giving them a 10-4 advantage. The Red Wolves answered back in the 200 Freestyle, with Meghan Jo taking the top spot over Farmington’s Kaya Wroblewski, while Lucy Pincince and Celia Filotto took the third and fifth place spots, closing the gap to a 16-14 Farmington advantage.

The 200 Individual Medley and 50 Freestyle went in favor of the River Hawks, with Liu and Urbanowicz placing first and second in the IM, and Raut narrowly out touching Conard’s Jane Harhay in the 50 Freestyle, putting the River Hawks up 37-25 at the break for diving.

Gabby Alekshun and Mia Rosario were able to secure 10 unanswered points from Farmington as they placed first and second in diving, closing the gap before the second half of the meet kicked off to 37-35.

Farmington continued to pressure Conard coming out of the diving break, with Urbanowicz and Irene Chen taking first and second in the 100 Butterfly, while Raut was able to hold off both J. Harhay and G. Lowney by less than a quarter second in the 100 Freestyle. The meet began to turn in Conard’s favor when Jo, Pincince, and Kayla Lowney were able to tie it up after the 500 Freestyle, where Jo cruised to a first place finish, Pincince took third, and K. Lowney snagged fourth holding off Farmington’s Reagan Thompson by five one-hundredths of a second.

Farmington answered back in the 200 Freestyle Relay (Bertolette, Chen, Urbanowicz, Liu) taking first, but Conard was able to hold on for second and third, giving the River Hawks a two point lead heading into the final three events, but Conard’s depth would prove to be too much for Farmington to handle.

G. Lowney easily held off Farmington’s Julia Wysocka in the 100 Backstroke, and Rosie Alonzo and CeCe Peck wrapped up third and fourth place. Ella Hall, Lyla Harhay, and Deni Peneva were able to secure seven points in the 100 Breaststroke to put the Red Wolves ahead by two points heading into the last relay.

While the Red Wolves only needed to take first to wrap up the meet, they were able to secure first (Jo, J. Harhay, Pincince, G. Lowney) and third (Filotto, K. Lowney, Alonzo, Hall), with both relays posting season best times.

Conard races again Friday at 6:30 p.m. in another incredibly tough match up against Southington High School at Cornerstone Aquatics Center.

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