Local roundup: It's a wrap, as East Lyme swimming finishes ECC season unbeaten to win title
East Lyme - Adam Opsahl won the 50-yard freestyle, (22.83), the 100 freestyle (49.40) and swam on the winning 200 medley relay and 200 yard freestyle relays as the East Lyme High School boys' swimming team beat Ledyard/Stonington Wednesday, 106-69, to clinch the Eastern Connecticut Conference.
The Vikings are 14-2, 12-0.
Thomas Whittico won the 200 freestyle (2:00.77), the 500 freestyle (5:23.58) and swam on the winning 200 freestyle relay team with Andrew Rubino, Brandon Biondi and Opsahl (1:41.67). Clayton Otter won the 200 individual medley (2:13.28) and teamed with Austin Toback, Sam Magna and Opsahl to win the 200 medley relay (1:46.75).
Billy Dumais (100 butterfly, 58.42) and diver Mitch Ryan (192.90) also won for East Lyme.
Colin Esquirol won the 100 backstroke (1:01.70) and teamed with Alex Orf, Kyle Parry and Matthew Peluso to win the 400 freestyle relay (4:06.33) for Ledyard/Stonington (11-2, 10-2). Also, Alex Green won the 100 breaststroke (1:20.95).
In other meets:
• Christian Berg (200-meter individual medley, 100 backstroke), Sam Kokomoor (200 freestyle, 400 freestyle) and Dakota Williams (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle) each won two individual events in Fitch's 97-83 victory over Waterford in the ECC. Nik Lehet won diving and Matt Alfultis the 100 breaststroke for Waterford ( 4-9, 4-8). Fitch is 6-7, 5-7.
• Caius Mergy set a school record in the 200 freestyle, winning the CISAC Championship at Hamden Hall in that event in 1:55.31. Mergy also won the 100 breaststroke (1:03.41) and swam a leg on the 200 freestyle relay, as the Williams School boys finished second to Hamden Hall with 87.5 points. Adam Collins also won a pair of events, taking the 50 (24.91) and 100 (55.57) freestyles.
In the girls' meet, Williams' Claudia Mergy set the school record by winning the 100 breaststroke in 1:17.19. She was also third in the 500 freestyle in 6:26.36. Williams was third with 104 points, following Hamden Hall (151) and Ethel Walker (129.5).
Caius Mergy joined Rhett Steiner, Collins and Sam Buffum to win the 200 free relay. Other top finishers for the boys were Buffum (2nd, 50 freestyle), Josh Goldstein (2nd, 100 backstroke) and the second-place 200 medley relay team of Goldstein, Mergy, Collins and Buffum.
On the girls' side, Samantha Linhares was second in the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke and Marissa Lynch second in the 100 backstroke. The 200 medley relay team of Lynch, Samantha Linhares, Grace Linhares and Catie Beggins was third.
• Senior Aaron Hosking had 14 points and 12 rebounds on Senior Night for Williams in its 47-36 season-ending win over Falmouth. Senior Drew Watson had 12 points for Williams (4-12). Rob Eder scored 10 for Falmouth (5-12).
• Andrew Tyrol had 23 points and George Logan scored 19 as Old Lyme beat Hale-Ray of East Haddam 81-57. Zac Abrahamsson added 11 points for Old Lyme (15-5).
• Levy Gillespie Jr. had 23 points to lead Capital Prep of Hartford beat NFA 70-36. USC-bound guard Kahlil Dukes scored 17 for Capital (17-2) and Brandon Marshall added 13 points. Ryan Lusk scored eight for the Wildcats (12-8).
• Tre-kell Douglas had 23 points to lead Kaynor Tech of Waterbury past Norwich Tech 70-33 in the Constitution State Confernece. Trevon Gibbs scored 15 for Kaynor (18-1). Mack Osias had 12 points for Norwich Tech (2-17) and Dan Paul scored 10.
• Theresa Logan's 3-pointer with 1:18 remaining lifted fourth-seeded WPI to a 44-43 win over fifth-seeded Coast Guard Academy in the quarterfinals of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference tournament.
WPI (15-10) will next take on top-seeded and host Babson on Saturday in the semifinals.
Coast Guard, which doubled its win total from last season, was making its first NEWMAC tournament appearance since 2009-10 season. The team was 2-34 in NEWMAC play over the past two seasons, but this year the Bears finished 8-10 in league play and were 10-15 overall.
Following Logan's 3, the Bears turned the ball over twice, but WPI missed pair of field goals, then the front end of a one-and-one with 19 seconds left. Coast Guard called time out and then in the closing seconds sophomore Dani Knox's jumper was no good to give the Engineers the win.
Freshman Victoria Sutherland led Coast Guard ith 13 points and 11 rebounds. Knox finished with 10 rebounds.
Men's and women's swimming
• Eight Coast Guard cadet-athletes were named to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Men's Swimming and Diving All-Academic teams.
Seniors Nick Poehler and Erin Talbot, who are both majoring in mechanical engineering, earned All-Academic honors for the third time in their respective careers.
Senior Michael Piantedosi (management) and juniors junior Cathy Durand (marine and environmental science) and Marc McAndrew (electrical engineering) were all named to the team for the second time. Sophomores Caitlyn Gever (operations research/computer analysis), Tyler Kotchman (mechanical engineering) and Carolyn Slife (marine and environmental science) were all first-time honorees.
Honorees must have met the following criteria: earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5/4.0 scale or 4.35/5.0 scale after the 2012 fall semester, achieved second year academic status at his institution, and been a member of the varsity team for the entire season.
• Stonington qualified for the CIAC Class S championships, which will be held Saturday at Pomperaug of Southbury (5 p.m.). Eastern Connecticut Conference champion Woodstock Academy has the highest average score among the eight teams (143.492). Stonington has the third highest score (126.633).
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