Local colleges: CGA men, Conn women win Connecticut Cup swimming titles
Middletown — Junior Chasse Sodemann had a dominating afternoon in helping Coast Guard Academy win the Connecticut Cup men's swimming championship on Saturday at Wesleyan University.
Sodemann won three individual events and was part of three winning relays for the Bears, who finished with 722 points to easily outdistance Connecticut College (490.5) and Wesleyan (376.5).
Sodemann won the 100-yard breaststroke in 56.30 seconds, the 200 individual medley in 1:58.53 and the 50 breaststroke in 26.37.
He also teamed with Ross Garrett, Jake Danzer and John Feller to win the 400 freestyle relay (3:13.50), he joined Patrick Jackson, Garrett and Joe Rodriguez on the winning 200 medley relay team (1:34.23), and that same quartet won the 400 medley relay in 3:29.08.
In addition, Coast Guard had three double winners in Garrett (50 butterfly, 23.21, and 100 fly, 51:14), Taylor Rowe (500 free, 4:42.21, and 1,000 free, 9:58.34) and Jackson (100 backstroke, 53.12, and 200 back, 1:58.04).
Other Coast Guard winners were Colin Fenster in the 400 IM (4:12.49), Rodriguez won the 50 free (21.17), Eric Fuhs in the 200 breast (2:08.86), Gibson in the 200 fly (1:58.17) and the 200 freestyle relay team of Brandon Ledford, Rodriguez, Tyler Dominick and Jackson (1:25.52).
• Conn College won the team title at the Connecticut Cup with 656 points while Coast Guard finished second with 501 points. Sophomores Mary Erb and Lily Gribbel each earned three individual wins and swam on two winning relay teams for the Camels.
For Coast Guard, junior Kristen Young won the 100 freestyle (53.34) and 200 free (1:55.75), and joined Sarah Passilla, Emily Benson and Jackie Kokomoor of Fitch on on the winning 400 freestyle relay team (3:37.17). Also for the Bears, Benson won the 1,000 free (10:40.62) and Passilla won the 200 IM (2:12.42).
• Coast Guard had four individual champions en route to winning the Ted Reese Invitational in Gorham, Maine. The Bears scored 166 points, 11 better then host Southern Maine. Owen McClave (133 pounds) defeated Castleton State's Nick Camacho 14-4 in the finals while Matt McGowan (141) decisioned Southern Maine's Austin Shorey 5-3 in his final, Christian Gosch (157) beat teammate Chris Sullivan in an all-CGA final and A.J. Aerberli (174) earned a 9-7 decision over Southern Maine's Justin Stacy in his final.
Also for the Bears, Jonathan Wagner (184) placed second, while Parker Brunkala (125), Alex Frometa (165), Jeremy Berson (184) and Patrick Irwin (285) each finished fourth, Nick Jabs (165) had a fifth and J.D. Fitzpatrick (141) was sixth.
• Micaela Martinelli scored 13 points and Gillian Gerton had 12 points and nine rebounds as Coast Guard beat Emerson 68-58 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference game. Coast Guard led 51-50 with 7:24 left when Martinelli and teammate Zoe Riis-Fallica hit 3-pointers to give the Bears a 57-50 lead with 6:08 left. Riis-Fallica had seven assists and a career-high nine rebounds for Coast Guard (2-3, 1-1).
• Mitchell College picked up its first win of the season, beating Lesley 60-46 in the New England Collegiate Conference opener for both teams. Haley Garcia had 16 points and five assists, Allegra Jones scored 14, Ashleigh Beauford scored 11 and Francesca Pinard had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Mitchell (1-4).
• Edona Thaqi scored 30 points and had six assists as Avery Point beat Bunker Hill Community College 86-29 in an NJCAA Region 21 game. Waterford's Mia Brennan had 21 points, nine steals, six rebounds and six assists and Meg Bianchi scored 21 for Avery Point (7-3, 4-0).
• Bunker Hill CC routed Avery Point 95-55 in Boston. Steven Fletcher led the Pointers with 28 points and nine rebounds while Jacee Hamelin added 12 points and six rebounds.
• Unbeaten Williams scored four power play goals en route to a 7-2 victory over Conn College in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Williams is 6-0, 4-0. Paul Capozzi and Bryan Ackil scored goals for the Camels (2-2, 2-2) and goalie Avery Gobbo made 37 saves.
• Freshman Erin Dillon scored at 3:02 of overtime lifted No. 8 Conn College to a 4-3 win over No. 6 Middlebury and a weekend split of their NESCAC series in Vermont. The Camels (4-1, 3-1) trailed 3-2 in the third period when Lily Connolly scored to force overtime. Connolly also had an assist while Elena Gualtieri had a goal and two assists and goalie Bailey Mertz made 27 saves.
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