BHS Swim Team Collects First Win
BETHEL SWIM TEAM COLLECTS FIRST WIN ~ By Robert Rogers
In a very exciting meet, the Bethel Swim team scored a 96-90 win over Platt/Maloney. Despite over a two hour bus ride which found them a little lost, BHS collected their first win of the season and their first road win since 2008. The “Boys” Bethel Swim team is the most unique team in the state, fielding a majority of girls on their roster for their ninth consecutive year and this meet challenged Bethel’s 9 boys and 28 girls versus the 35 boys of the Meriden Co-Op team.
Highlights in the first half events saw state qualifier sophomore Tucker Bjornson (200 Free) and freshman star Olivia Wootton (200IM) collecting first places. Sarah Whalen (200IM) and Kevin Gallagher (50 Free) collected seconds and Katie Bozzuti, Aiden Ford, Juliana Bell, James Canfield, Chris Wong and Cara Bernardo also collected points. Alex Nackid and Julia Morton took 3rd and 4th in diving.
Bethel was down 53-41 at the half, but a big comeback was planned in Bethel’s lineup. Gallagher and Canfield took 1st and 2nd in the 100 Free and the 500 Free trios of Whalen, Bozzuti and Molly Nichols came up huge with a 2-3-4 finish.
The next two events would be Bethel’s best events; taking 1st in the 200 Free Relay with (Wong, Bjornson, Canfield and Gallagher) and the 100 Back with a 1-2-4 with Bjornson winning by almost half pool length, followed by Wootton and Ford. Bethel took an 80-76 lead and found themselves trying to hold off an opponent for the first time in the season.
The 100 Breast split points with Molly Nichols, Johnny Esposito and Davidson Abiali taking a 2-3-5 places, leaving the last event; 400 Free Relay; to decide the winner. The BHS team of Wootton, Gallagher, Canfield and Bjornson won by over a pool length with their season fastest of 3:54.01.
BHS is now 1-7 and faces last year’s state champions Pomperaug this Tuesday at WCSU at 4pm.