The Amity Spartans Boys Swimming and Diving Team competed against Hamden in Hamden on Dec. 19.
Amity Spartans Boys Swimming and Diving team hosted Glastonbury in Orange Friday night.
Everyone put in his best effort, but in the end, Glastonbury handed Amity it’s second loss of the season (the first was Fairfield Prep). Glastonbury took the long ride back home with a 98-86 victory.
Amity’s Winning Events
200 Medley Relay: A- 1:38.90 Shiva Gowda, Arsenio Bustos, Kevin Yanagisawa, Colin Roy
50 freestyle: A- 22.40 Colin Roy
100 Butterfly: A- 53.02 Kevin Yanagisawa
100 Freestyle: A- 47.85 Colin Roy
200 Freestyle Relay: A- 1:30.75 Tyler Roy, Arsenio Bustos, Kevin Yanagisawa, Colin Roy
100 Breaststroke: A- 1:00.40 Arsenio Bustos
400 Freestyle Relay: A- 3:37.40 Nic Robinson, Blake Wetter, Uranik Klobucishta, Shiva Gowda
Glastonbury’s Winning Events
200 Freestyle: G- 1:48.20 Chris Walker
200 Ind. Med: G- 1:56.49 McAllistair Milne
Diving: G- 276.50 Ethan Godfrey
500 Freestyle: G- 5:50.52 McAllistair Milne
100 Backstroke: G- 58.06 Evan Fuller
Record: Amity 10-2
Next Up: Amity takes on Xavier on Monday in Orange at 7:20 p.m. Then, in March the CIAC Class L battles begin.
On Thursday evening eight new Olympic-grade starting blocks were dedicated at the community pool at High Plains Community Center in Orange.
The pool is home to the Amity High School Boys and Girls Swim and Diving Teams, and the Amity Regional Aquatic Club (ARAC) and the Orange community.
The new blocks replace old, rusty 30-year old blocks that the swimmers jump off during their meets. The new bright yellow blocks are equipped with fins and handlebars and the soft, non-slip surface is made of a rubber-like foam.
Amity High School shared the $32,000 cost with the town of Orange.
Tricia Lasto, president of the ARAC swim club, which uses the pool to train said ARAC plans to host a USS swim meet in November, which will truly put Orange on the map.
Present at the dedication event were First Selectman Jim Zeoli, Amity Supt. Charles Dumais, Amity Swim Coach Todd Rainey and Lasto.
The East Lyme team won 5 of the 12 competitions:
Adam Opsahl finished the 100 yard Butterfly in 54.41; Billy Dumais won the 100 yard Backstroke in 59.61; and Dylan Luce came in first in the diving competition with a score of 194.00.
Their two Relay teams won the 200 yard Medley Relay in 1:45.92 (Zach Kosakowski, Clayton Otter, Ausitn Toback, Eric Stirtan); and the 200 yard Freestyle Relay in 1:32.37 (Adam Opsahl, Eric Stirtan, Clayton Otter, Saam Magna).
Amity won the other 7 contests:
Dylan Swanepoel won two individual competitions, the 200 yard Freestyle in 1:47.67; and the 500 yard Freestyle in 4:51.08.
A third swimmer, Jacob Laser, took two freestyle meets, the 50 yard Freestyle at 23.36 and the 100 yard Freestyle in 50.42
Stephen Cheung joined Dylan, AJ and Jacob in winning the 400 yard Freestyle Relay with a time of 3:24.61 .
This has been an excellent year for the Spartans Boys Swim Team. Congratulations.
Orange Live Sports Writer
With Tuesday night’s 95-79 Southern Connecticut Conference victory over Xavier, the Amity boys swim team improved its record to 7-0.
The meet was held at Wesleyan University’s Freedman Athletic Center Pool in Middletown.
Dylan Swanepoel led the way for the Spartans as he won both the 100 yard freestyle and the 200 free. His winning times were 49.45 seconds and 1:46.01. Swanepoel also joined Jamie Huang, Jacob Laser, and Sam Guerra for a winning time of 1:34.64 in the 200 free relay. Laser posted a first place 23.20 in the 50 free.
Jamie Liang’s 56.81 was tops in the 100 butterfly. Guerra chipped in with a blue ribbon 5:04.02 in the 500 free and Charlie Pite’s 2:07.25 was good for a victory in the 200 individual medley.
The meet began with the Amity foursome of Stephen Cheung, Liang, Pite, and Huang taking first place in the 200 medley relay. Their winning time was 1:45.96.
As usual, with his Spartans holding a commanding lead over the Falcons, Coach Todd Rainey chose to have his team swim exhibition in the meet’s final three events.
Amity hosts Branford on Tuesday, January 29th in a 7:30 p.m. SCC meet at the Orange Community Center Pool.
Orange Live Sports Writer
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Like Ol’ Man River, the Amity girls swim team just keeps rolling along. The Lady Spartans improved their record to 8-0 Thursday when they downed Sacred Heart Academy 102-76 at the Orange Community Center Pool. This meet was Anna Lu’s turn to be in the spot light. In addition to winning both the 200-yard freestyle (1minute, 58.29 seconds) and the 500 free (5:18.05), Lu anchored Amity’s winning 200 free relay. She teamed with Sydney Formica, Lauren Perrone, and Dana Chung to post a first place time of 1:47.43.
Madeline Snow placed first in the 200 individual medley (2:16.57) and joined with Mollee Lasto, Natalie Ambrosey, and Melissa Gulia for a winning time of 2:00.91 in the 200 medley relay.
Additional Amity winners include: Carly Young (diving—169.45), Dana Grindall (100 butterfly—58.11), and Chung (100 free–56.32).
Jamie Robinson was a bright spot for the visiting Pacers as she claimed both the 50 free (27.18), and the 100 breaststroke (1:19.27).
As usual, Amity built a big lead and then chose to swim exhibition in the meet’s final three events.
This loss drops the Pacers’ record to 6-3.
Amity returns to action on Tuesday, October 16th to swim Mercy at the Wesleyan University pool in Middletown.
If you’d like to sponsor the Swim Team for the rest of the season, call Terri at 203-506-1747
The Amity Regional Aquatic Club is one of the most misunderstood entities in the town of Orange.
Some people think it’s solely associated with a Country Club, others think it’s only open to teenagers, while others, the largest demographic believes it is part of the Amity Regional School System (The name causes this confusion).
“We are just like Orange Little League, Orange Soccer Association … Orange Swimming …” said A.R.A.C. President Trish Lasto. “We’re Orange, and we stay to the 80% Orange membership.”
By keeping within the 80 percentile the club’s rental fees for use of the Town Pool at High Plains is within their budget and makes them an important part of the town with swimmers and accomplishments that Orange can be proud of. Currently they have 140 members from age 6 to College age.
The Club gives back to the town and its members did some major fundraising to get enough money to purchase lane lines (the rows of floating rings that mark the swim lanes for races, training and more.)
A few A.R.A.C swimmers were at the pool on Wednesday afternoon to help string the new lines before their meet that night.
Molly said they were “bright and inviting.” and she likes the clearly marked halfway point.
“During practice, if we have to go halfway, then turn around, it’s easier to tell when you’ve reached the halfway mark,” she said.
Meagan said she likes the black floats on the ends and the red marks, which will help the swimmers control their breathing.
“They’re not brown like the old ones, and they used to fall off and float in our lanes while we were swimming,” she said.”The wire was showing on the ends, too
Trish said, “It was necessary to get them, either the town had to buy them or they had to get them as a donation. So we gladly donated them.”
She said Orange can host more meets now because the new lines make the pool “Legal” and highly desirable for competing teams.
Everyone knows about the undefeated Amity High School Varsity Swim Team which may be shocked when they walk into the pool area and see the bright new lane lines courtesy of the Amity Regional Aquatic Club (Formerly known as the Orange Swim Club — home of the Orange Otters).
So, if you see Lasto, or any of the A.R.A.C. members be sure to stop and say thank you for this generous contribution to the town.
By PHIL BRODSKY
Orange Live Sports Writer
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Twin wins by Dana Grindall and Amanda Craig’s record-smashing diving performance were the key ingredients in the Amity girls swim team dunking of Hamden 106-75 Thursday night. The Southern Connecticut Conference meet was held at the High Plains Community Center pool. With the win, the Lady Spartans improved their unblemished record to 3-0 while the winless Green Dragons slipped to 0-2.
Grindall won both the 50-yard freestyle (24.77 seconds) and the 100 backstroke (1:00.57) while Craig’s 227.30 points established a new school record in diving. Grindall also teamed with Shannon Early, Lydia Pokluda, and Dana Chung to win the meet’s first event, the 200 medley relay in 1:56.16. Later in the meet, Chung’s 56.30 was tops in the 100 free.
Other Amity winners were: Lindsay Morton (200 individual medley—2:22.89), Anna Lu (100 butterfly—1:02.90), Madeline Snow (500 free—5:18.06), and Hanna Flaherty (100 breaststroke—1:15.96). The undefeated Lady Spartans also took blue ribbons in the 200 free relay (Lu, Jessica Kochiss, Morton and Snow—1:47.50), and the 400 free relay (Lu, Morton, Early, and Kochiss—3:54.6646.)
Hamden’s only victory came in the 200 free with Shoshana Hodes recording a 2:02.36.
The Black and Gold are back in action on Monday when they visit North Haven for a 4:00 PM meet at the Indians’ Gawrych Town Pool.
If you or your company would like to sponsor the Swim Team on Orange Live Call Terri at 203-506-1847