Trojan swimmers almost nip Newtown
Published 1:02 am, Friday, February 12, 2010
The Weston boys swimming team capped off a strong regular season with a 9-3 record and a 95-91 loss at Newtown on Tuesday. Despite the setback, Trojans Coach Tom Grace is feeling good about his squad as it heads into the postseason.
"After the meet I told them there are some acceptable losses. This is an acceptable loss -- we lost to a very good team," Grace said.
Newtown improved to 7-2 heading into its season finale with New Milford today. This was Weston's last meet until the SWC championships.
. It's been a long season and the Newtown meet, competitive from the start as it was, is just what the team needed as it looks ahead to the postseason.
"I think its' really setting them up mentally for the postseason," Grace said. "I think, at this point in the season, they're really tired. The water feels really heavy and I told them in our little pre-meet meeting `it doesn't matter how they feel. It's how they go into the meet mentally."
Although winning or coming in runner-up certainly is not out of the question, with Pomperaug the favorite to win and Brookfield a popular second-place pick, Weston, the Joel Barlow-Immaculate co-op team and Newtown stand to compete for third, fourth and fifth place..
"We're going to go out there and swim hard," Grace added. "As long as we finish top five we're in a good spot."
Following the SWC meet, the Trojans will compete in the Class S State Championships in mid-March. Grace said Sacred Heart, Shepaug and Lewis Mills are among the tough teams his Trojans will contend with.
The Trojans lost to Pomperaug by only 12 points in the season opener and fell by 20 to Brookfield. Against Barlow-Immaculate, the Trojans won 96-81.
In the Newtown meet, Weston senior captain Billy Phillips won the 100-yard backstroke event, finishing in 1:03.13. Freshman Jordan Berger (1:05.59) won the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley (2:09.44). In the 100-yard butterfly, senior Evan Sullivan prevailed (51.82) and senior captain Michael McDonald (5:08.47) won the 500-yard freestyle.
Weston's relay teams had some success against Newtown. The 200-yatd medley relay team of junior Spencer Kelly, Berger, Phillips and senior captain Zane Randell (1:46.88) and the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Randell, Kelly, Berger and McDonald (3:29.06) prevailed.