By Mitchell McGowan
HAMDEN, Sept. 29 -- Hamden High School is not playing to its preseason expectations, coach Ken Boucher said before the team's Friday afternoon showdown with Sheehan and the 2-0 non-league loss didn't help get the Green Dragons there, either.
The Green Dragons (1-5) struggled throughout the beginning of the season leading up to their Friday night matchup against the Titans (5-2-1). Sheehan came into the game with its strong defense, which had only allowed four goals so far in the season.
Injuries to some of their key players have slowed Hamden, giving Sheehan the advantage before the game even began.
“We have four starters out, including our starting keeper,” Boucher said, “We got one starter back and lost another one last game, so it’s been really tough being young and losing our starters.”
Sheehan struck quickly, as midfielder Julia Podchaiski broke away for a goal in the seventh minute.
Sheehan played defense well, stopping most of Hamden’s attempts to move the ball down the field. The Titans defense forced Hamden to take unprepared and rushed shots. Players like Hamden’s Katie Vita tried to get a goal on the scoreboard, but the shots all went wide of the net.
Hamden attempted to use the halftime to spark a comeback in the game. Boucher changed Hamden’s strategy mid-game to try to generate more offense.
“Our normal formation is a 4-3-2-1, so I went with a 4-4-2 to try to get something going, but if you don’t possess the ball it just doesn’t make a difference.”
The energy boost did not last long.
Sheehan’s Grace Waldron stole the momentum back in the 41st minute of the game with a goal.
After the loss, Boucher stressed that the team is looking for a drive to score. He hopes to develop a mentality of attacking the net and scoring more goals.
“I am going to nurture and light a fire and find someone who wants to score a goal. We’ve only score four goals all year, and obviously no one is trying to kill themselves to put a ball in the net.”
Hamden hopes to make a comeback this season as they get some of their hurt players back.
“We’re trying to make up for it and get new players ready and in the game,” injured captain Emma Twohill said. "Hopefully, then it will make us stronger when everyone comes back, then everyone will be prepared. It’s been a hurdle, but we’re halfway through the season so for the second half we’re going to come back stronger.”
Hamden is taking the weekend off and will regroup at practice next week. Twohill looks forward to practice to implement and strengthen the team’s chemistry.
“The ideas are there, we just have to work on connecting the passes and executing the ideas because they’re there, it’s just not happening.”
Hamden will play again against Sacred Heart Academy at 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Sheehan will face Morgan at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30.
By Sarah Russell
CHESHIRE, Sept. 27 -- Cheshire High School coach Sue Bavone knew her team's volleyball match against Foran would be a tough one, but her team proved it was ready to stay undefeated this season. But, for only the second time this season, the Rams needed to play four sets to get their eighth win.
The Cheshire Rams are 8-0, defeating the 8-2 Foran Lions.
The Rams took the first two sets, 25-15 and 25-19. The Lions came back in the third set, though, 25-18. In the fourth set, Cheshire sealed its victory, 25-11.
“In the first two games I thought we served tough,” said Bavone. “I thought we really stressed their passers and served a little bit tougher than normal.”
Foran coach Julie Johnson agreed.
“They had really tough servers who keep the ball inbounds, you know, not a lot of serving errors. It really kind of messed up our offense,” said Johnson. “We had a hard time getting offense because we just could not get a good pass because their serves were so tough.”
The Rams had the numbers to prove it. Sophomore Lindsey Abramson had four aces on the night, followed by juniors Megan Clyne with three and Elena Piran, who had two aces.
Piran led the team with 11 kills and Abramson had nine.
Clyne added nine kills, two blocks, two assists and two digs.
“We just came into this game pumped, we wanted to win,” Clyne said. “We knew this team was good and we had similar records, so we were like, ‘Well, we’ve got to take this one here. We’ve got to fight through.’ Our passes were on point, I felt like, and (we) had good ups and the sets were there.”
In the third set, the Lions took a lead of 12-8. The Lions did it again later in the set -- this time a seven-point scoring run to bring the score to 24-18.
Bavone didn’t let her team give up after the third set, though.
“I just said they need to get back on a rhythm, they need to treat this as a threat, which it is. I said the momentum now is on their side, we need to get the momentum back and you do that by pressuring them,” said Bavone.
“It’s all in the head, it’s all mental game stuff, so I mean we had to pick ourselves back up,” said Clyne. “We know how to play volleyball, we’ve been doing it for years.”
Cheshire used the momentum to create havoc and Foran struggled with communication, often running into each other or several players diving for the same ball. The mayhem cost the team points and Cheshire used a run of five points to clinch the final set.
The Rams face East Lyme at 6 p.m., Friday.
By Cullen Ronan
CHESHIRE, Sept. 27 -- In a chippy battle of non-conference rivals, the visiting Shelton High School Gaelettes walked off the pitch victorious, earning a 3-0 shutout over the Cheshire Rams.
Rams (2-4) head coach James Luis said before Wednesday’s matchup his team had to prepare for a physical game, and that’s exactly what the Gaelettes (6-1-1) brought, driving the ball upfield early and peppering the Rams' defense with scoring chances.
We allowed them to push us around,” Luis said. “Our work rate overall just wasn’t good enough. If we would have worked a little harder, been a little bit more competitive in winning 50-50 balls, we probably would have had a different result.”
The Rams' offense had a number of scoring opportunities in the first half.
Speedy junior midfielder Lila McNamee couldn’t capitalize as she got in close, having three shots sail wide of Shelton goalkeeper Courtney Litts.
Gaelettes senior forward Kelly Hurd attacked the left side often in the first half, but it wasn’t until the second half when Shelton finally scored when junior MacKenzie Joyce rifled her lone shot past the Cheshire keeper on a cross from Hurd.
Shelton coach Marvin Miller said Hurd’s constant offensive pressure is an integral part of the Gaelettes' offensive attack and has been one of the keys to the team's 6-1-1 start this season.
“She fits right into our game strategy,” Miller said. “That’s the way we like to play ... using those fast, outside flank runners.”
Joyce added two assists to her scoresheet when she led sophomore midfielder Haley Oko to a goal, and served as the catalyst to junior midfielder Esabel Rosa’s effortless chip shot with 5:45 remaining.
“She was a monster today, the woman of the match,” Miller said of Joyce. “The game changed when we put her in.”
While Shelton's upperclassmen led the Gaelettes, it was a lack of experience that seemed to hinder the Rams' offensive attack, Luis said.
However, the Rams had a bright spot coming off the bench when freshman forward Katie Welage made her varsity debut. Making the most of her limited minutes, Welage hustled past a tired Gaelettes defense and put together the best scoring opportunities of the game late in the second half for the Rams, missing a chip over the Shelton goalkeeper by mere inches.
“I thought she did really well. She outworked most of the kids on the team,” Luis said. “She will definitely get more opportunities moving forward.”
As the Gaelettes extended their winning streak to six games, Miller believes that his team will have no problem sustaining their early season success.
“We set a high standard of excellence. We train hard in practices. We're already thinking of our next game on Monday,” Miller said. “We know that if we just take each game in stride, we’ll be where we are supposed to be.”
While the scoreboard may not have been in the Rams favor, Luis believes his team can take some positives out of the matchup.
“When things go bad, we can learn from our mistakes, and hopefully that’s what our players will do,” Luis said.
Cheshire travels to Shelton for a rematch at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23.
By Ryan Chichester
CHESHIRE, Sept. 18 -- Prior to Monday night's match, Cheshire High School head volleyball coach Sue Bavone praised the Hamden Green Dragons for their 4-0 start to the season, but believed her Rams would provide a major test for an up-and-coming Hamden team looking to make a statement on the road.
Turns out, it would be Bavone’s Rams receiving the major test.
Hamden pushed Cheshire against the ropes through the first two sets, but eventually succumbed to the favored Rams in three sets, 25-20, 25-20, 25-15, for their first loss of the young season.
The fourth-ranked Rams remain undefeated (4-0) and have yet to lose a set this season. However, this one didn’t come easy.
“They’re the best team we’ve seen so far this year,” Bavone said, who notched the 493rd win of her career with the hard-fought victory. “It’s always good to have a good challenge and to come out of a challenge with a win and build on it.”
It was clear from the opening serve that it would be an uphill climb for the Rams. After jumping out to an 8-3 lead, the Green Dragons responded with a 14-5 run out of a timeout to take a 17-13 lead, causing Bavone to burn both of her timeouts within minutes of each other.
“I basically told them they were playing like they were scared,” Bavone said of her timeout speech. “Nobody was taking charge… I told them they had to come to play. I didn’t like their body language. I wanted to see something different.”
Hamden still held a 19-15 lead shortly out of the timeout, but quickly imploded.
Three consecutive errors on the back line helped the Rams grab momentum before junior Jenny Wang stood tall and led Cheshire to five straight points to seal the 25-20 victory. Wang recorded five of her eight kills in the first set.
“It was nerve-wracking at first, but after a couple points it started to flow and felt better,” Wang said of the first-set scare.
The first set would also have its share of controversy.
At 20-20, a sprawling save by Cheshire's Elena Piran led to a battle at the net that was originally ruled a point for the Rams after the ball made contact with the antenna. The judge on the opposite side reversed the call seconds later, but a collaboration of officials eventually led to a re-reversal, much to the despair of Hamden head coach Patricia Shugrue.
“From where I was standing, when they went to block the ball, it stayed on their side and touched the antenna,” Shugrue said. “At the end of the day, they’re in charge and they call the game.”
Hamden continued to shoot itself in the foot on serves in the second set, committing six serving errors to foil the comeback effort. The Green Dragons rattled off a 6-0 run late in the set to set up another exciting finish, but another service error cut the rally short.
“Serving hurt us tonight,” Shugrue said. “We missed some serves from servers who normally don’t miss.”
After two gritty sets, Cheshire began to flex its experienced muscles while the Green Dragons committed another five serving errors, one that would spark a 7-1 Cheshire run to bury the Green Dragons.
“We have very strong servers and we’re constantly working on consistency,” Hamden captain Sophia Flanders said, “but we have to work through those struggles.”
Cheshire’s big front line kept Hamden busy for most of the night, especially senior Faythe Johnson, who recorded a match-high 14 digs for the Green Dragons.
“We have to take our experiences from today and learn from them,” Shugrue said. “There’s some adjustments that we need to make. But, our girls our fighters, and the next time we play Cheshire it’s going to be a little different.”
Hamden hosts the rematch at 5:30, Tuesday, Oct. 10.
By Connor Fortier
West Haven High’s Tim McCarthy hurried his offensive line to the ball and was ready to take the snap when all of a sudden everything went black. It didn’t go black for just McCarthy, it went black for the entire stadium.
A blackout of Jim Bruno Field at Hamden High School occurred 5:16 into the first quarter in the game between the Hamden Green Dragons (1-7) and the West Haven Blue Devils (6-2).
“I just told them to stay focused, we were hoping the lights would come back on so I told them to keep loose and stretch out,” said Hamden head coach Tom Dowty.
But, the unexpected break did not slow down the Blue Devils’ offense as four plays later, Anthony Godfrey ran it in two yards to cap a 17-play, eight-minute drive – that actually lasted 25 minutes due to the delay -- to put the Blue Devils up 7-0.
After waiting on the sidelines for close to 20 minutes, the Green Dragons offense took the field.
On the second play of the drive, junior quarterback Stanley Arrington, Jr. bobbled the snap and tried handing it off to running back Angelo Dimonaco, but was forced to keep the ball himself. Arrington stuck with the broken play and reversed directions on West Haven, running the ball 54 yards to the end zone.
“After losing the snap, he had to pull it down and take it himself and luckily we were able to get some blockers up field and he took advantage of it,” Dowty said.
After a missed extra point, the score was 7-6 and the Green Dragons were in a good position heading into the second quarter against the sixth-ranked team in the state.
That good positioning did not last long. (I got rid of the “in the second quarter” because – let’s face it, they never got back in a good position.)
West Haven scored 29 straight points in the second quarter and went into the half holding the Green Dragons to just 99 yards on offense. They led 36-6.
The biggest part of the Blue Devils success in the first half was their running game, -- more specifically -- the runs to the outside.
“In practice, we were taught to come hard on the ball on those sweeps and come up field but we weren’t where we were supposed to be and we were undisciplined,” said senior captain Kwadir Delgado-Mcintyre.
In the second half, the Green Dragons found themselves with a different problem against the Blue Devils and, this time, it was through the air.
McCarthy opened the second half with a commanding drive down the field going 3-for-3 for 49 yards and a touchdown to put the Blue Devils up 43-6 after an extra point.
The prolific offense came as no surprise to the Green Dragons.
“They’ve been running the same offense for the past 30 years… they work on it a lot and they are very crisp at it,” Dowty said.
After the opening touchdown neither team found the end zone again and the final was 43-6.
Despite the loss, Delgado-Mcintyre knows how to keep his teams’ heads high.
“It’s hard, but we need to find something to play for and keep going. We have to stay motivated,” he said.
Co-captain Angelo Dimonaco wants his team to focus on one thing after the loss.
“Do your job. If people keep to their assignments and do what they’re supposed to do, we will be fine,” he said.
It is not lights-out yet on the Green Dragons season as they travel to Shelton next week to take on the top-ranked team in the state.
By Austin Bruno
The West Haven High School Blue Devils scorched the Hamden Green Dragons in Hamden Friday night in a 43-6 offensive onslaught.
Before the 7 p.m. game could start, the lights went out and the field went dark. A mistake in the lights’ timer disabled them three hours early at 7:15, Hamden athletic director Tom Dyer said.
Head coach Todd Dowty said that the blackout didn’t shock his Green Dragons (1-7).
“We had trouble with the lights here the past two years… It wasn’t a total surprise, and the kids just went with it,” he said.
However, what the Blue Devils did after the delay may have been a little shocking.
Even the marching band, cheerleaders and fans of the visiting West Haven (7-2) squad dwarfed the Hamden crowd by nearly outnumbering the home team’s attendees.
West Haven running back Anthony Godfrey scored his first of four touchdowns of the night in a drive lasting nearly eight minutes toward the end of the first quarter.
Upon gaining possession, a resilient Hamden immediately retaliated with a 46 yard-run that brought them right up to the goal line, scoring the next play.
Those six points were the only ones Hamden scored Friday night.
During the point-after attempt, Angelo Dimonaco received a botched snap that never made it to the kicker’s foot. This misfortune was a portent of Hamden's efforts for the night.
In spite of this, “Nothing surprised us… we prepped our team accordingly, and they just got the better of us,” Dowty said.
West Haven quarterback Tim McCarthy was on his mark. By the end of the first half, he had completed 88 percent of his throws. He helped set the pace for the Blue Devils’ smooth victory.
Early in the second quarter, Godfrey received five straight carries for yardages that led another six points for West Haven.
After a turnover on downs, West Haven capitalized where Hamden didn’t. This time, McCarthy passed instead of Godfrey carrying, a 37-yard long endeavor. The Blue Devils led 21-6 after the extra point.
Godfrey passed the scoring duties to Chris Chance for a 43-yard rushing touchdown. Godfrey punched in the two-point conversion, piling the rubble onto a disheartened Hamden team before the first half had even ended.
One of several Hamden fumbles set Godfrey up for yet another scoring success.
The annihilation lessened as the fourth quarter began, with West Haven leaving the damage at 43-6.
The immediate response from the Green Dragons was to identify a moral cause of the loss.
“Discipline’s our key factor. We let it slip away when they scored. That’s our problem…. It’s all discipline. It’s not talent,” senior co-captain Kwadir Delgado-McIntyre said after the game.
Another co-captain stressed the need keep spirits high in the face of adversity.
“It’s kind of hard to come every day motivated when you walk into practice at 1-7… you need to make sure everyone’s up and the energy’s up,” Angelo Dimonaco said.
Optimistic outlook aside, there was an inability to keep their momentum going past the first quarter.
“We need to maintain our focus throughout the whole game. I think we started the game off really well. We were moving the ball, we were driving it, and we were in pretty good shape,” Dowty said.
Hamden faces an undefeated Shelton team next Friday for their penultimate game of the season.
By Alec Turner
HAMDEN - The three-headed rushing attack of West Haven High’s Chris Chance, Jakai Manning and Anthony Godfrey was too much for the Hamden Green Dragons Friday night, as the Blue Devils won 43-6.
Hamden (1-7, 0-3 in Southern Connecticut Conference) allowed over 250 yards on the ground to the high-powered attack of West Haven (6-2, 4-1 in SCC).
Hamden’s head coach Tom Dowty believes that the Green Dragons need to work on their performance for the full four quarters.
“I think we need to realize we need to maintain our focus the entire game,” Dowty said. “At the beginning we were playing real well, we just lost that focus.”
Hamden’s senior captain Kwadir Delgado-McIntyre agreed with coach about the team’s consistency.
“We need to keep our discipline, we play good in the first five minutes then just lose it,” Delgado-McIntyre said. “It’s the discipline, not a lack of talent.”
After a stop on defense to start the game, West Haven went to its ground impound and marched the field on a 17-play, 70-yard drive that lasted almost eight minutes. Godfrey capped off the drive with a 2-yard jet sweep on fourth-and-goal for a touchdown.
In the middle of the drive, a 17-minute blackout interrupted the game. With 5:16 left in the first quarter, all the lights at the new Joseph Bruno Field went out.
According to Hamden athletic director Tom Dyer, the lights went out due to a malfunction in the lights' automatic timer.
For the players, they were just trying to stay active.
“I just started jogging and dancing around to keep my energy up,” Delgado-McIntyre said.
Hamden came immediately back on the next drive to score on the second play of the drive on a 54-yard run by junior quarterback Stanley Arrington, Jr. After a muffed snap, Arrington rolled left to break two tackles to bring it to the end zone.
After the Arrington touchdown, it was all Blue Devils from there.
Chance started the next drive with a 35-yard run and Godfrey scored his second touchdown of the night. After three more scores, including two from Godfrey, the Blue Devils went into the half with a 36-6 lead.
Dowty was not surprised with the performance, or style of West Haven’s offense, it was just a lack of execution on the defensive side of the ball by Hamden, he said.
“You know what you’re getting with West Haven because they run the same offense every year,” Dowty said. “They work hard at our offense and they are crisp at it.”
The Blue Devils defense, led by junior defensive tackle Byron Dickens, held the Green Dragons to just 99 total yard on offense in the first half. Senior captain running back Angelo Dimonaco could only produce one yard on six rushes in the first 24 minutes of play.
The final score of the game came on the first drive of the half for West Haven. Quarterback Tim McCarthy went 3-for-3 with 49 yards on the drive which was capped off by 14-yard touchdown reception by Sheilan Velazquez.
The senior leaders of the team will look to keep the team up after another difficult loss for the struggling Green Dragons.
“We’re going to find ways to stay motivated and keep working hard,” Delgado-McIntrye said. “It’s football.”
With two games left in the regular season, the Green Dragons travel to Shelton next week to face the undefeated Gaels before their annual Green Bowl against Notre Dame High School on Thanksgiving.
By Austin Bruno
CHESHIRE -- A too-confident Cheshire High School boys soccer team lost its step and forgot the winning season's lessons of balance and chemistry in its last game before the start of the Southern Connecticut Conference series.
The relentless Wilbur Cross Governors cooled off the previously white-hot Rams, 3-0, at Cheshire High Thursday evening.
Cheshire (12-4-2) is fresh off a division-clinching win against Sheehan, but such good fortune didn't follow them into Thursday's non-conference game against Wilbur Cross (6-7-2).
Indeed, a Cheshire fan in attendance at this game "wanted a little momentum for Saturday." That's when Cheshire starts the conference series.
Cheshire had wrapped up their fourth Housatonic division title in 10 years. Yet after that boost of confidence, Cheshire faced off against Wilbur Cross, the apparent underdog.
Cheshire maintained possession for the majority of the first half of play, but lacked the initiative to capitalize on scoring opportunities.
"If we play like this, we're not going to go anywhere -- period. It's not in our DNA.... There's no desire, there's no motivation, and that's what happened today," Rams coach Arturo Branco said.
With 19:32 left in the first half, the Rams began to neglect their defense and Wilbur Cross began to take advantage, scoring its first goal.
Branco told his team at the half to keep pushing forward and continue to put up a brick wall of an offense.
But, Cheshire's offense relented a bit in the second half, no longer dominating possession of the ball. Senior defender Eric Dishnica pulled through with the closest goal scoring opportunity for Cheshire, met by an even more resilient Wilbur Cross defense.
In the middle of the half, a Cheshire corner kick was nearly headed in, but to no avail. That was quickly followed by a rebound that got swatted away with 16 minutes left in the game as the Rams grew desperate.
Cross responded with a proper goal, lifting them to a 2-0 lead with just 4:40 to play.
The game's final score was reached with 22 seconds left. The Rams never hit their offensive stride.
Rams senior defender Sidharth Subramani said that, after a successful season, there's a real need to keep egos deflated and to put the loss out of their mind.
"We need to stay humble, just to keep our head down and keep moving forward," he said.
By Gabbi Riggi
HAMDEN -- The winds blustered through the pine groves as the Storm of St. Luke’s School rolled in to Hamden. But the gusts would prove too strong as Hamden Hall fell to St. Luke’s, 2-0, on Thursday afternoon.
“St. Luke’s is a very good team, so I think for us being able to compete with them and battle with them is good, good for our confidence,” said Hamden Hall Country Day School head coach Christine Huber.
But the Hornets (4-6-1, 0-4-1 FAA) held on strong against the offensively potent Storm (9-2-0, 6-1-0 FAA), which posted 15 goals in the previous six Fairchester Athletic Association contests this fall.
The Hornets held the Storm, which posted only seven shots all game, scoreless in the first half.
Five minutes into the half, Hamden Hall got its best chance of the afternoon off of a corner kick play that ricocheted high off of the crossbar. Even with six shots on goal, forcing five saves, the Hornets struggled to convert its opportunities.
“We also didn’t shoot a lot. I thought we should have challenged the keeper more,” Huber said.
“We probably should have had more shots from distance—30, 35 yards… We keep on working on sending balls over top and through balls towards the corner flag.”
It wasn’t until the midway point of the second half that the Storm pushed past the Hornets and converted at the 61-minute mark off a deflection and another just three minutes later on a hard 20-yard kick in front of the box that sailed just past the fingertips of Miranda Iannone in net.
For Huber and her Hamden Hall squad, the catalyst in formation wasn’t in transition between the halves, but a reactionary measure.
“We didn’t change our game plan between the first and second half, we changed the game plan once we went down a goal,” Huber said.“Then we started moving, changing our formation to have more forwards up front to try and equalize it.”
The switched moved three forwards up to add more players through the midfield to have numbers against the defense.
For Huber, the strong forward presence paired with the good work in net is something she takes pride in against the second best team in the conference. It is also something she anticipates carrying on through the end of the year.
“St. Luke’s is a very good team, so I think for us being able to compete with them and battle with them is good, good for our confidence,” Huber said.
“We still have three more conference games that are not on the top end, like St. Luke’s is, so I’m hoping we come and play like we did today to the other conference teams.”
Hamden Hall has three FAA games remaining on the schedule, where the workload doesn’t get any easier. The next match is at third-place Greens Farms Academy, then hosting the Williams School before closing out the season against last-place King.
While the path to the postseason may be uncertain for the Hornets, a winless squad that sits eighth of nine teams, the drive to finish the season higher in the conference is palpable.
“I’m hoping that we just keep building off of it, and get better these last two weeks,” Huber said. “We’re aiming to get into New Englands, so a lot depends on what we do these last four games.”
By Tanner Harding
It may have been Senior Night for the Amity High School girl’s swimming and diving team, but it was juniors Maggie and Megan Lasto who really shined in the team’s 93-84 victory over North Haven High School.
The girls, who are twins, placed in the top three in every event in which one of them participated, except for the 100-yard backstroke, which North Haven (6-5) swept.
However, Amity (9-3) took first place in seven out of the 12 events, in a dominant performance that pleased head coach Todd Rainey.
“This is what I was hoping for,” Rainey said about the win. “Sometimes on senior night, the focus isn’t always on what it’s supposed to be on, but the girls really stepped up and did a good job tonight.”
Before the meet, Amity honored seniors on both teams on the pool deck, which was donned in black and yellow streamers, balloons and signs for the Amity seniors.
A member of the Amity team gave a flower to each North Haven senior in recognition of their years dedicated to swimming and diving.
Coaches then honored the seven Amity seniors with their parents on the deck, a bouquet of flowers, and gave the four captains—Hannah Flaherty, Kelly Grindall, Diana Karsanow, and Brittany Smith—a gift bag, as well.
This particular group of seniors has seen a lot of success with a 43-4 record over the past four years. The team was undefeated from 2011 until last year, when the it stumbled a little after losing a big group of seniors.
However, with Maggie and Megan leading the way, Rainey doesn’t seem concerned that losing seven more girls will present the same problem.
“We’ve lost some big swimmers in the past, but we always seem to have girls step up” he said. “We’re going to miss (the seniors) but we’re going to be OK.”
Megan echoed this sentiment.
“We all work together to push each other, I think, and bring the freshmen up to our level,” she said.
Maggie placed first in both the 200-yard medley relay and the 500-yard freestyle, and placed fourth in the 100-yard backstroke—the best of any Amity swimmer.
Megan placed first in the 200-yard individual medley, first in the 100-yard butterfly and was on the winning 200-yard freestyle relay team.
This meet was the team’s final dual meet of the season and Rainey is looking forward to the twins’ performances in the state competition the team has coming up.
“I look to them to be state finalists in the championship heat, and hopefully state open qualifiers like they were last year,” Rainey said. “[We look for] them to again to lead us and show us how it’s done.”
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