Local roundup: East Lyme swimmers clinch ECC title

Keith Veronesi of Connecticut College, left, and Kendall Culbertson of Bowdoin battle for the puck during Friday's game at New London. Bowdoin won 5-1.

East Lyme — East Lyme High School clinched the Eastern Connecticut Conference swimming championship by sweeping a tri-meet against Norwich Free Academy and New London on Friday.

The Vikings (15-2, 11-0) beat NFA 111-71 and New London 124-17. NFA also beat New London 146-13.

Ben Biondi won the 50-yard freestyle (22.80 seconds) and 100 freestyle (50.51) for East Lyme while Clayton Otter took first in the 200 individual medley (2:10.84), Eric Stirtan won the 100 butterfly (58.11), Austin Toback took first in the 100 backstroke (1:03.39) and Ethan Opsahl won the 100 breaststroke (1:11.75).

Aidan Karam placed first in the 200 freestyle (1:49.00) and 500 freestyle (5:13.02) for NFA (5-8, 5-7). New London is 0-11, 0-11.

H.S. wrestling

• ECC rivals Ledyard and Waterford are 1-2 after the first night of the Class M tournament at Law High in Milford. The Colonels have 63.5 points to the Lancers' 49.5, advancing 10 wrestlers into today's quarterfinals: Derek Schultz (113), Josh Rahal (132), Nick Lauer (145), Mike Graff (152), Jeff Csisar (160), Devon MarcAurele (170), Dan Contino (182), Caile Johnson (196), Daric Johnson (220) and Josh Throop (285). Waterford has seven: Brentt Smith (120), Niko Randolph (126), Sam Lindblom (132), Justin Lindblom (138), Jimm Roscover (145), Spencer Sgandurra (152) and Cody Cleary (220), while New London advanced Christian Andino-Torres (106), Mikey Commander (113), Alejandro Paulino (120) and Xavier Benson (132), St. Bernard/Norwich Tech advanced Matt Dowler (106) and Cas Woznica (195), and East Lyme advanced Mason Pagan (145) and Andrew Lorah (160).

• Defending champion and host Windham holds a slim lead over ECC rival Montville after the first two rounds of the Class S tournament. The Whippets have 61 points heading into today's quarterfinal round and the Indians are two points back at 59. Derby is third with 56.5 points. Montville has nine wrestlers in the quarterfinals: Joel Morth (113 pounds), Zach Looney (120), Tommy Wynosky (126), Jake Caskey (138), Austin Concascia (145), Jake Schmaltz (152), Ian Concascia (160), Patrick Bogan (170) and Brent Politowicz (182) while Windham has eight.

Women's hockey

• Gabrielle Vukasin's goal in the third period broke a 2-2 tie and helped lift Williams past Connecticut College, 5-2, in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Olivia Ferrell and Ashley Anctil scored for the Camels (9-11-3, 3-9-3), who also received 27 saves from goalie Kelsie Fralick.

Men's hockey

• Conn College lost to Bowdoin, 5-1, in NESCAC action to snap a five-game unbeaten streak. Zach Shapiro scored the lone goal for the Camels (8-13-2, 7-9-1). Kendall Culbertson scored twice for the Polar Bears (14-7-2, 9-7-1).

Women's track

• Coast Guard Academy senior Abby Bishop shattered her own school record in the pentathlon with 3,215 points to place fourth and earn All-New England honors at the New England Division III Championships at Springfield College. Bishop, who took fifth last year with 2,950 points, was second in the shot put (31 feet, 3.25 inches) and 800 meters (2:22.91), while also placing fourth in the 60 hurdles (9.57), seventh in the high jump (4-11.5) and eighth in the long jump (15-9).

Men's swimming

• Conn College won a pair of relay events and is in third place after the first night of the NESCAC Championship at Bowdoin. The Camels have 566 and trail Williams (636.5) and Amherst (607). Conn set a NESCAC and pool record in the 200 freestyle relay (1:21.57) behind Patrick McGinnis, Michael Fothergill, Drew Andre and Sam Gill. Gill, Kirk Czelewicz, Loring Bowen and Andre later teamed up to win the 400 medley relay in 3:18.70, another NESCAC and pool record. In individual events, Bowen was second in the 50 butterfly (22.34), Fothergill was second in the 50 backstroke (23.11), Andre was second in the 50 free (20.92), McGinnis was third in the 50 free (21.03) and Czelewicz was third in the 50 breaststroke (26.18).

• Christian Brindamour won the 50-yard freestyle (20.30) to help Coast Guard move into third place after two days of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Championships at WPI. The Bears have 344 points and trail MIT (572) and Springfield (446). Brindamour was also part of the fourth-place 200 freestyle relay team (1:25.58) and was joined by Ben Morseth, Tyler Kotchman and Marco Tinari while Timothy Dion was sixth in the 500 freestyle (4:42.72) and the 400 medley relay team of Morseth, Carl Fuhs, Ryan Buys and Brindamour was fifth (3:28.04). On Thursday night, Andy Anderson finished fourth in the 3-meter diving competition for the Bears while 800 freestyle relay team of Tinari, Elliot VanDeren, Aaron Overheim and Dion was fifth (7:04.67).

Women's swimming

• Coast Guard's Chantel Ferguson placed third in the 200-yard IM (2:09.45) on the second ay of the NEWMAC Championship at WPI. The Bears are sixth with 222 points, well of the pace of team leader MIT (505). In addition, CGA's 200 freestyle relay team of Patti Eidenhire, Rachel Seaman, Carly Campbell and Darlen Sao was sixth (1:39.94) and Sarah Cantral placed sixth in the 1-meter diving competition (402.45 points). On Thursday, CGA's 800 freestyle relay team of Sao, Ferguson, Megan Toomey Carly Campbell finished seventh (8:08.86).

Tim DiPretoro of Connecticut College (13) takes a shot on goal as Bowdoin's Mitch Barrington, left, and goalie Steve Messina defend during Friday's game at New London. Bowdoin won 5-1.
Tim DiPretoro of Connecticut College (13) takes a shot on goal as Bowdoin's Mitch Barrington, left, and goalie Steve Messina defend during Friday's game at New London. Bowdoin won 5-1.


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