The Amity Spartans were on the road in North Haven for a meet against the Hornets on Wednesday, Jan. 10.
The Spartans defeated Notre Dame 105-73.
This time, the opposing team only won in three categories
• 100 yard Breaststroke 1:12.63 Jimmy Nugent
• 400 yard Freestyle Relay 3:51.17 Ryan Verillo, Ben Pello, Michael Secchiaroli, Alex Tubis
• Diving 179.70 Steven Castiglione
Amity took the remainder of the competitions:
Dylan Swanepoel won two individual meets, the 100 yard Freestyle at 50.08 and the 100 yard Backstroke at 57.06; A.J. Pite finished first in the 200 yard Individual Medley at 1:59.08; Ben Bacal led the field in the 500 yard Freestyle at 5:33.88; and Jacob Laser won the 50 yard Freestyle in 23.42.
All four joined forces to win the 200 yard Medley Relay in 1:46.58
Individually, Sam Guerra came in first in the 200 yard Freestyle at 1:51.90; and Charlie Pite took the 100 yard Butterfly in 56.75
Laser and Pite joined teammates Jaimie Huang and Matt Cucurello in winning the 200 yard Freestyle Relay at 1:35.95
This was swimming Amity Style.
Amity is now 9-1 for the season.
By PHIL BRODSKY
Orange Live Sports Writer
(Real sports stories are so much better than just stats)
While the Lyman Hall boys swim team won first place in diving, the 50-yard freestyle, the 100 free, and the 500 free, Amity used its depth to sweep the 100 backstroke and the 100 breaststroke as well winning both first and second place in five other events to defeat the Trojans 107-76 Thursday night. The Southern Connecticut Conference meet was held at the Orange Community Center Pool. With this convincing victory, Amity improved its spotless record to 4-0.
A.J. Pite paced the Spartans with victories in both the 200 individual medley (1 minute, 58.19 seconds) and the 100 breaststroke (1:00.46). In addition Pite teamed with Matt Cucurello, Brian Liang, and Shephen Cheung to post a winning time of 1:47.87 in the 200 medley relay.
In addition to being on that winning relay, Cucurello also won the 100 backstroke (1:00.45) and placed second in the 200 IM (2:13.62). Cheung (1:00.55) and Vlastislav Zabel (1:08.35) completed the sweep in the 100 backstroke. Liang (1:04.94) and Alec Melotto (1:15.21) did the same in the 100 breaststroke.
Amity went one-two in the 200 free as Dylan Swanepoel was first (1:46.56) and Charlie Pite added a second place 1:53.26. Pite added a first place 55.84 in the 100 butterfly and Ben Becal followed with a second place 1:01.35. Swanepoel’s 49.60 was good for second place in the 100 free.
Charlie Pite, Becal, Swanepoel, and Same Guerra turned in a winning time of 1:35.59 in the 200 free relay. Jacob Laser, Jamie Huang, Cheung, and Ben Clemens followed with a second place 1:39.20.
Lyman Hall’s Kyle Neri won both the 50 (22.67) and 100 free (49.18).
The Spartans visit Hamden Tuesday for a 4:00 p.m. SCC meet.
By PHIL BRODSKY
Orange Live Sports Writer
For the second year in a row the Amity girls swim teams has knocked off Cheshire to finish its season at 11-0. The Lady Spartans dunked the Rams 96-88 in a key Southern Connecticut Conference meet Tuesday night at the O range Community Center Pool. With that victory, Amity extended its consecutive meet winning streak to 23 in a row. The Lady Spartans’ last loss was to Cheshire in October, 2010. Prior to last year win, Amity had not defeated Cheshire since 1979.
According to Coach Todd Rainey, “It was big for us to finish another 11-0 season. Everybody feels great winning and again going undefeated. The girls are working hard and very excited about the upcoming SCC and state meets.”
The meet began with Shannon Early, Natalie Ambrosey, Dana Grindall, and Anna Lu winning the 200-yard medley relay in 1 minute, 53.96 seconds. Dana Chung followed that with a victorious 1:59.17 in the 200 freestyle. Madeline Snow was second at 1:59.40 and Jess Kochiss placed third with her 2:03.92. Cheshire claimed the next two events—the 200 individual medley and the 50 free to deadlock the meet as it headed into the diving competition.
After Amanda Craig (221.20), Carly Young (168.50), and Gabrielle Syrop (161.10) swept the diving competition, the Lady Spartans never looked back or lost their lead.
Grindall followed with a winning time of 57.09 in the 100 butterfly. Chung added a winning 55.46 in the 100 free and Lu was right behind with a second place 56.43. After Snow posted a first place 5:20.35 in the 500 free, Chung, Kochiss, Snow, and Lu won the 200 free relay with a time of 1:44.93. Grindall not only won the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.75, she also broke the existing school record of 1:07.07 that Kristina Gulia had set in 2009.
Now that the dual meet portion of its season has ended and Amity has clinched both a second successive regular season SCC title and its second undefeated season in a row, attention is turned to the SCC Championship Meet. The Qualifying Meet will be held on Monday at 4 p.m. in the Cheshire Pool. The diving competition takes place the following night in the Hamden Pool, starting at 5. The SCC Championship Meet will be held on Thursday, November 1 at Southern Connecticut State University’s Dr. James Moore Fieldhouse Pool, starting at 6 p.m.