Local roundup: East Lyme swimmers finish second in Class M
Middletown - East Lyme High School placed in all three relay events on the way to finishing second in the CIAC Class M swimming and diving championships on Tuesday at Wesleyan University, the best finish in program history.
The Vikings finished with 475 points while Brookfield captured the team title with 646.5 points. Fitch placed 14th with 201 points and Waterford was 19th with 108.
East Lyme's best finish came in the 200-yard freestyle relay, which placed second in 1 minute, 29.81 seconds. Team members were Ben Biondi, Austin Toback, Clayton Otter and Eric Stirtan. The Vikings' 200 medley relay team of Zach Kosakowski, Otter, Stirtan and Biondi finished fourth in 1:40.29 and their 400 freestyle relay team of Chris Naktenis, Kosakowski, Ethan Opsahl and Benas Kirvelevicius placed seventh in 3:26.60.
Individually for East Lyme, Biondi was seventh in the 50 freestyle (22.50) and eighth in the 100 free (51.93), Kosakowski was fifth in the 100 backstroke (56.58), Toback was sixth in the 100 butterfly (55.58), Otter was seventh in the 200 individual medley (2:06.41) and Stirtan was eighth in the 100 butterfly (56.14).
Dakota Williams had a big day for Fitch. He placed fifth in the 50 free (22.28), sixth in the 100 free (49.10) and was part of two eighth-place relay teams. He joined Adian Ely, Sam Kokomoor and Sean Estep on the 200 free relay team (1:34.02) and swam with that same group in the 400 freestyle relay (3:27.94).
Waterford had one place-winner as freshman Elson Guo finished seventh in the 100 butterfly (55.95).
In the Class S meet, Old Lyme's Jacob Olson placed eighth in the 500 freestyle (5:28.06).
• Ledyard and Waterford will play semifinal games in the CIAC state tournament tonight. In Class LL, the sixth-ranked Colonels play No. 2 Bridgeport Central at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven. In Class M, the No. 7 Lancers will meet No. 3 East Catholic at Hamden High School. Both games will tip at 7 p.m. and the winners will earn a trip to Mohegan Sun Arena this weekend.
• Avery Point improved to 8-3 with a pair of wins at Vero Beach, Fla. The Pointers beat Riverland CC 8-2 and Westchester CC 16-1. Chris Gonnelli (1-0) earned the win against Riverland, allowing one run and six hits over six innings with two strikeouts and one walk. Bryant Morander (1-1) pitched five scoreless innings for the win against Westchester, allowing four hits with two strikeouts and no walks.
Andrew Hinckley singled, scored twice and hit a three-run homer and Nick DeLotto had two hits against Riverland. Stonington's Connor Buckley had three hits and scored twice against Westchester and Nick Landell (three RBI), Kyle Hart (three runs) and Hinckley (two RBI) had two hits each.
• Mitchell College senior forward Joshua Ford was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division III All-Northeast District second team, the first time a Mitchell player has been named to the prestigious NABC team. Ford, who was named New England Collegiate Conference Player of the Year for the second straight season and led the Mariners to the program's first NCAA tournament bid, averaged 23.0 points, 11.5 rebouinds and had 25 double-doubles in 27 games.
• Gallaudet University forward Lindsay Stergio, a senior from Montville, was named to the D3hoops.com women's basketball All-Atlantic Region third team, just the second player in Gallaudet history to be selected to the team. Stergio, a first team All-North Eastern Athletic Conference pick, averaged 18.7 points, 10 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.2 steals per game for the Bison, scoring in double figures in 25 of 26 games and recording 14 double-doubles.
• Coast Guard freshman Earl Roberts (125 pounds) was named to The Pilgrim Wrestling League All-Star second team while junior Steve Kidwell (157) and freshman Phil Azzari (197) were named to the Scholar-Athlete All-Star team. Roberts had nine wins in his firstr season, including three pins.
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