Karabinos, Grindall named Amity Athletes of the Year

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Jun 102013

Amity Athletes of the Year 2013, David Karabinos and Dana Grindall

Amity Athletes of the Year 2013, David Karabinos and Dana Grindall

Sunday was a big night for Amity athletes at the 57th annual Block A Dinner and Athletic Award Presentations at Grassy Hill Country Club in Orange.

Swimmer Dana Grindall and Track & Field star David Karabinos were named Athletes of the Year.

Along with the student awards and scholarships, four new people were added to the Amity Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame. They are: Brad Chernovetz, class of ’93; William Ryan, class of 1983; Alison (Egnaczyk) Sammons, class of 1998 and Bob Orgovan in recognition of 40 years of support to the students and athletes of Amity High as a coach and faculty member.

In addition, recipients of the following Amity Coaches Association Awards are:

Outstanding service: Betty Kelley

Coach of the Year: Jessica Belden – Girls Outdoor Track

Assistant Coach of the Year: Mike Cofrancesco – JV Basketball

The Booster Club Service Award went to Janet Walker

Swimming: Lady Spartans Earn SCC Title With Undefeated Season

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Oct 252012


The Swimmin’ Women showed their winning form at a meet against Cheshire this week.


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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.

SWIMMING: Amity’s Swimmin Women Among The Top Rated In Greater New Haven

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Oct 042012

Amanda Craig’s tiny splash is the sign of a great dive.



According to times and scores submitted by the various girls high school swim teams in the Greater New Haven area, Amity has the top results in six events.

That list includes: 50-yard freestyle—Dana Grindall: 24.77 seconds; diving—Amanda Craig: 227. 30 points; 100 butterfly –Grindall: 57.93; 200 medley relay—Shannon Early, Lydia Pokluda, Grindall, Dana Chung: 1:56.16; 200 free relay—Anna Lu,  Lindsay Morton, Jessica Kochiss, Madeline Snow: 1:47.50; 400 free relay—Lu, Early, Morton, Kochiss: 3:54.46.

— Submitted by Phil Brodsky

Swimming and Diving: Amity Dunks Hamden 106-75

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Sep 212012


Amity’s Swim Team was victorious in the meet against Hamden on Sept. 20.


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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.  

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