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HKMS Places Third at the 2017 CT Middle School Swimming/Diving Championship

Submitted by Samantha Sierpinski.

The Haddam-Killingworth Middle School swim team competed in the 2017 Connecticut Middle School Swimming and Diving Open Championship on Jan. 29, 2017 at Southern Connecticut State University. The boys’ team finished second overall and broke five state records. Additionally, the girls’ team placed fourth and helped the Cougars finish third overall in the combined boys’ and girls’ standings. The team is led by head coach Samantha Sierpinski and the assistant coaches Jamie Sierpinski and Mary Kate Almeida.

The day started off strong with a second-place finish from Katie Mathews, Nina Lamb, Jackie Flaherty and Erin Marica in the girls 200 Medley Relay (2.16.09). They were followed by the boys 200 Medley Relay, swam by Kyle Mazziotti, Andrew Mitchill, Malone Revis and Noah SanVicente, who not only won their first event but also set a new record with a time of 1.50.09. Mitchill continued his winning streak with a first-place finish in his next event, the 50 Freestyle (24.00). The 100 IM proved to be another strong event for the HK swimmers with Flaherty grabbing 2nd place for the girls (1.09.96) and the boys bringing home 1st (Revis, 1.01.98), 4th (Adam Anziano, 1.07.15) and 5th (SanVicente, 1.07.29). The girls continued their strong relay performances with a 7th place finish in the 200 Free Relay which was swam by Kristen Thebeau, Erin Marica, Lizzy Celano and Rhianna Phipps (2.12.04) The boys pulled off a 2nd place finish in the same event with a time of 1.48.41 and was swam by SanVicente, Anziano, Sean Rutledge and Christo Garrelts.

The HK swimmers kept the ball rolling during the second half of the meet, in the 50 Breastroke, with a 2nd place finish for the girls by Lamb (37.01), and a state record/win by Mitchill (28.88) and 2nd place by Garrelts (32.51) for the boys. In the 100 Freestyle Mazziotti broke his own state record and took home another 1st with a time of 49.69. The boys also took home 2nd place in this event with an impressive swim by Garrelts (55.71). Adding to the girls points, Katie Mathews, came in 8th (1.07.84) in the 100 Free and 6th in the 50 Backstroke (35.97) . Mazziotti again broke his own record, coming in first, in the 50 Backstroke with a time of 27.01. Anziano also placed well in this event, coming in 7th (33.12).

To finish out the day Flaherty finished 5th in her 50 Butterfly (30.67) while Revis and SanVicente came in 2nd (27.24) and 5th (30.19,) respectively, for the boys. In the final event, the 400 Free Relay, we saw great swims from the girls (Lamb, Mathews, Phipps, Flaherty), who came in third (4.29.63) and all had personal best times. The boys 400 Free Relay, comprised of Mitchill, Revis, Garrelts and Mazziotti, stood out as a highlight of the day with a first-place win and a new state record of 3.30.83, smashing the previous record by 7 seconds.