Barto Earns State Open Gold Medals, Cheshire Girls Swim To Third Place

Barto Earns State Open Gold Medals, Cheshire Girls Swim To Third Place

On Sunday, Cheshire High School girls’ swim and dive finished the year with a third-place finish (342 points) in the State Open swim final at Yale University’s Robert Kiphuth Memorial Exhibition Pool in New Haven.

On her mother Molly’s birthday, junior Julia Barto won her first crowns in the 200-yard individual medley (2:03.05) and 100-yard backstroke (56.57). The backstroke time set a new school record.

Barto also combined with senior tri-captains Avery Potyrala and Julianna Tyler and sophomore Natalia Gajecki to medal in the 200-yard medley (second, 1:47.57) and 400-yard freestyle (third, 3:33.44) relays.

Tyler finished fourth in the 200-yard IM (2:07.80) and 100-yard butterfly (57.09). Gajecki took fourth in the backstroke (58.84) and 14th in the 50-yard freestyle (24.66). Potyrala earned sixth in the 200- (1:54.49) and 100-yard (53.37) freestyles.

Sophomore Julia Tejeda picked up 19th in the 500-yard freestyle (5:22.53) and junior Grace Hanke finished 21st in the 200-yard IM (2:16.72). The girls joined with sophomore Carly Cahill and senior Vanessa Squillante to take 11th in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:42.11).

Cheshire will graduate Potyrala, tri-captain Hannah Tao, Tyler, Maddy Forlenza, Emma Fortunato, Emma Grove, Somya Gulati, Allyson Leighton, Sarah Orlinsky, Emily Rivera, Squillante, and Julia Swartz this year.


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