Lady Trojans ambush Newtown
Published 4:23 pm, Thursday, September 23, 2010
Monumental win is one way to describe the Weston girls swimming team's victory over Newtown on Tuesday. Class S Weston hasn't defeated Newtown in this millennium and no one can recall the last time it defeated the Lady Nighthawks, but the Lady Trojans showed how much they have come as a program with a 102-84 victory over vaunted Newtown, who won the Class L title in 2005.
"It was big win and a nice win to have within the SWC," Weston Coach Tom Grace said. "We have a very strong group of underclassmen. The ninth and 10th graders are numerous and they played a big role against Newtown."
Lady Trojan senior co-captain Karen Bottger said, "Considering we never beat them in my time, it was a good accomplishment. We have a good team with lots of good freshmen and we work on kicking and breathing in practice. We're very encouraged."
Sophomore Olivia Clark is one of Weston's top sophomores and delivered two wins, starting with the 200-yard freestyle where she had a time of 2:08.34.
"I just tried to keep my speed up and go faster as the race went on," Clark said
Freshman Katie Johnson took second in the 200-free (2:10.56).
Clark also won the 100-yard breaststroke (1:14.66).
. I just I tried to stay smooth and go as fast as I could for as long as I could," said Clark.
Junior Katie Angelides won the 200-yard individual medley (2:28.81) and took second in the 100-yard backstroke. Lady Trojan freshman Lydia Sykes won the 100-back and sophomore Alex Edgar took third in it. Freshman Brenna Nimkoff took third in the 200-IM (2:32.6).
"It came from the support I got from the rest of the team and I took it 50 by 50," Angelides said. "I sprinted in each leg and I swam as fast as I could while swimming a smart race."
Weston also won two relays. Bottger, freshman Stacia Gross, junior Catie Ledwick and Edgar won the 200-yard medley relay (2:03.43). In the 400-yard freestyle relay, Bottger, Angelides, Clark and Edgar powered the A-team to victory (4:06) and freshman Claire Murray, senior Georgia Flynn, Johnson and senior captain Lauren Garner catapulted the B-team to third place.
"I just focused on each dive individually," Schroeder said.
Bottger won the 500-yard freestyle (5:31.83).
"It took a lot of breathing and I worked under water off my turns," Bottger said.
Ledwick won the 100-yard butterfly (1:11.38) and sophomore Lauren Solinsky (1:13) took second.
Gross (28.44) and Garner (28.87) were two-three in the 50-yard freestyle and Edgar took second in the 100-yard freestyle (59.73).
"We're all so proud of our win," Angelides said.