Local Roundup: Gill, Benvenuti honored by NESCAC
Brunswick, Maine - Connecticut College senior Sam Gill capped off a big weekend by being named the New England Small College Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Meet Sunday in the men's championships at Bowdoin College.
Gill, an All-American, also won the Senior Swimmer award for having the highest point total over the last four years. Gill won the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 45.14. Saturday, Gill won the 100 backstroke (48.99) and 100 butterfly (48.75) and teamed with Michael Fothergill, Kirk Czelewicz and Loring Bowen to win the 200 medley relay (1:30.38).
Conn coach Marc Benvenuti, the former Waterford High School standout, was named the NESCAC Coach of the Year for the second straight season. The Camels finished third with 1,468 points. Williams College won its 12th title with 1,849 and Amherst was second with 1,750.
Conn also won the 400 freestyle relay, with Bowen, Fothergill, Drew Andre' and Gill posting a 3:01.37, that broke a 25-year-old pool record. The Camels got seconds from Bowen (200 backstroke), Andre' (200 freestyle) and Czelewicz (100 breaststroke).
• Yuta Watanabe and Josh Williams scored 20 points each as St. Thomas More beat Coastal Academy 102-85. Eric Paschall scored 16, Calvin Crawford had 13 points, Francis Kiapway had 11 points, Cane Broome had seven assists and Ajou Deng had eight rebounds for T-More.
• Brian Ward and two relievers combined to pitch a three-hitter as UConn beat Illinois 6-0 at Myrtle Beach, S.C. Ward (1-1) allowed two hits over 5 2-3 innings with six strikeouts and five walks.
Former Bacon Academy standout David Mahoney pitched a hitless ninth and former Fitch standout Aaron Hill scored a run for the UConn (3-3).
• Newtown took a 4-0 lead and went on to beat Fitch/East Lyme/Ledyard/Hale-Ray 10-1 Saturday. Kaleb Twomey scored, Lex Wojcik had an assist and Tyler Luke (40) and Troy Moeller combined for 44 saves for the Eagles (1-17).
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