On Monday at Southern Connecticut State University, Cheshire High School girls’ swim and dive extended their dominant reign in the Southern Connecticut Conference, capturing their eighth straight title and 25th in 26 years. CHS compiled 1,225 points to hold off Amity (956) in second place.
Junior Sophie Murphy contributed to Cheshire’s three victories in the swim final. In the 200-yard freestyle, Murphy (1:52.65) and senior Julia Stevens (1:56.08) claimed the top-two spots.
Senior Lavana Gulati, freshman Avery Potyrala, senior co-captain Sarah Chen, and Murphy partnered to win the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:39.76). Potyrala, junior Nora Bergstrom, Stevens, and Murphy ended the meet with a victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:36.91). Gulati, Chen, and Potyrala all won their first crowns.
Junior Emma Glover finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:08.49) and added 14th in the 200-yard IM (2:17.11). Following Glover in the breaststroke, junior Bella Tejeda (1:09.88) and senior Tori Newton (1:10.08) placed fourth and fifth, respectively.
Julia Stevens (100-yard butterfly, 57.87), senior co-captain Jillian Stevens (500-yard freestyle, 5:15.50), and Bergstrom (200-yard individual medley, 2:11.59) nabbed third places. Jillian Stevens followed Bergstrom in the 200-yard IM (fourth, 2:13.98) and teamed with Newton, freshman Julianna Tyler, and Chen to place second in the 200-yard medley relay (1:51.15).
Racing in the 100-yard backstroke, Murphy (fourth, 1:00.24), Chen (sixth, 1:00.32), Potyrala (ninth, 1:01.66), and Bergstrom (1:01.78) all cracked the top 10. Tejeda contributed fifth in the 100-yard butterfly (59.96), while Potyrala posted sixth in the 200-yard freestyle (1:59.91).
Junior Ava Breton moved up to take fifth in the 100-yard freestyle (55.30). She also finished 14th in the 100-yard backstroke (1:04.05). Tyler picked up seventh in the 500-yard freestyle (5:22.25) and eighth in the 200-yard IM (2:15.12).
Junior Mary Barto shaved time to record seventh in the 100-yard butterfly (1:00.60) and 11th in the 200-yard IM (2:16.19). Chen sprinted to ninth place in the 50-yard freestyle (25.68).
Junior Grace Pettit placed 14th in the 200- (2:06.55) and 500-yard (5:35.72) freestyles.
More CHS finishers are listed below.
28. Junior Kyleigh Connolly, 2:13.47
22. Senior Abigail Robinson, 2:22.63
16. Freshman Vanessa Squillante, 26.32
20. Newton, 26.48
27. Sophomore Gabrielle Sokolik, 26.94
30. Gulati, 27.01
16. Sophomore Kaitlyn Grove, 1:03.03
17. Squillante, 1:03.77
18. Robinson, 1:04.02
19. Gulati, 58.30
22. Sokolik, 58.80
26. Sophomore Hannah Merritt, 59.91
27. Junior Lucy Helene, 1:00.28
32. Freshman Emily Rivera, 1:02.15
29. Helene, 1:08.91
23. Junior Kelly Margolies, 1:17.02
On Nov. 13, CHS kicks off Class LL action with the diving final at Middletown High School. Start time is 5:30 p.m.
Girls’ Soccer (13-3-2)
In the SCC semis, top-seeded Cheshire fell 2-0 to defending champion Shelton (fourth seed, 11-2-4). Junior Noelle Garretson, assisted by classmate Elizabeth Porto, opened the scoring with 23:47 left in the first half. Senior Leya Vohra netted the second goal with 16 minutes remaining.
For the Rams, junior goalkeeper/tri-captain Seymone Rosenberg made 12 saves.
On Nov. 12, CHS will return to host a Class LL First-Round game. Official brackets will be released on Friday.