Locals claim several medals at NVL girls swimming championships

St. Paul-Lewis Mills head coach Gabriel Bartolome guided his team to a fifth place finish in this past Friday’s Naugatuck Valley League girls swimming championship meet held at Kennedy High School’s John Reardon Poll. (Copyright, Sports on CT-69)

Local swimmers competed against the best that the Naugatuck Valley League had to offer at this past Friday’s championship meet at Kennedy High School’s John Reardon Poll.

St. Paul-Lewis Mills had the top team finish from the area, placing fifth with 281 points. Woodland Regional had 593 points and won its fourth straight league title. The Hawks were followed by Oxford, Naugatuck and Seymour. Kennedy was seventh with 135 points while Wilby-WCA-Kaynor was eighth with 106.

St. Paul earned three silver medals, one via relay and two individually. The 200-yard medley relay of Adelyn Ouellette, Emersyn Hertzier, Bryndle Kroll and Kendall Bottass finished second to Woodland in 2:05.02. Kroll took second in the 100 backstroke in 1:05.79 while Hertzier was second in the 100 breaststroke in 1:14.63. St. Paul-Lewis Mills picked up a trio of bronze medals. Kroll was third in the 200 IM in 2:25.95, Hertzier placed third in the 100 freestyle in 58.32 seconds and Ouellette took third in the 500 freestyle in 6:07.08. Ouellette also claimed a fourth place finish in the 200 freestyle in 2:12.60. The 200 freestyle relay of Bottass, Ouellette, Hertzier and Kroll was fourth in 1:50.03. Julia Tavenor finished sixth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:22.49. The 400 freestyle relay of Zoe Rubbo, Alessa Gianni, Ainsley Toland and Tavenor claimed sixth in 4:55.18.

Kennedy freshman Jahnii Patrick had an impressive championship debut, claiming a pair of bronze medals. Patrick finished third in the 50 freestyle in 26.61 and was third in the 100 butterfly in 1:07.92. Kennedy’s 400 freestyle relay of Sophia Ortiz, Jillian Santos, Jayda Graham and Patrick took fifth place in 4:37.32. The 200 medley relay of Patrick, Graham, Ortiz and Cyncere Stevens took sixth in 2:21.61.

Former Sacred Heart High star Ray Snyder IV led Woodland to the championship in his first season as its head coach.