Local roundup: Fitch's Marcolina wins Class L state title in 100 freestyle
New Haven — John Marcolina of the Fitch/Stonington/Ledyard/Norwich Tech cooperative program captured the 100-yard freestyle during Monday night's CIAC Class L Championship swimming meet at Southern Connecticut State University.
Marcolina finished the race in 47.58 seconds to win the title in what was a productive night for the Fitch senior. He added a second in the 50 free earlier in the night in 21.58, just losing out to New Canaan's Michael Kotlyar (21.55), and then anchored a pair of relay teams to medals.
The 200 free relay team of Marcolina, Maxwell Cartier, Keegan Reck and Joseph Vignato placed fourth in 1:29.10 and the 400 freestyle relay team of Vignato, Reck, AJ Murko and Marcolina finished sixth in 3:21.35.
Fitch finished 10th overall in the team standings with 216 points. New Canaan won the title with 776.
• Reed Jenkins had three hits as Coast Guard won its fourth straight, beating Lakeland 12-5 at the Gene Cusic Classic in Fort Myers, Fla. Jenkins hit a three-run double in a six-run eighth inning for the Bears (4-1). Jake Behne had two hits, Luke Thompson drove in three runs and Jenkins doubled twice and drove in four runs. Connor Glynn (2-0) got the win in relief. He allowed three hits and no earned runs over 2/1 innings with two strikeouts. Dan Finn pitched the final two innings to pick up his first career save.
• Coast Guard split a doubleheader in Florida, beating Webster 11-8 before losing to Ohio Wesleyan 9-8. Waterford's Claire Hurley had three hits in each game to lead Coast Guard (3-3).
The Bears collected 15 hits against Webster with Courtney McKenna, Kayla Sowers, Carly Hattman, Charlee Kraiss and Maggie Perez having two each. Against Ohio Wesleyan, Audrey Bartz homered and Hurley was 3-for-5 with three RBI in a 13-hit attack.
• Connecticut College lost to Merchant Marine 8-7. Jamie Navoni scored twice, Julia Loesch and Clara Bisson had a goal and an assist each and Jackie Cooney had four ground balls and caused three turnovers for Conn (1-3).
• Coast Guard lost to Washington College 18-7. Etta Davis, Maddie Rizzuto and Haley Howard had two goals each for Coast Guard (1-4).
• Connecticut College picked up a pair of wins on Monday in Texas, beating Schreiner 8-1 and East Texas Baptist 6-3. Guillermo Garcia Rincon and Will Cannon won a pair of doubles matches and Rincon also went 2-0 in singles play along with Henry DeCoster and Sean Jenkins for the Camels (2-1).
• Hayley Zukerberg and Rachel Weiss each won in three sets as the Camels rallied to beat East Texas Baptist 5-4 on Monday night in Texas. Emily Migliorini, Brooke Scully and Paige Braithwaite also won matches for the Camels (3-2).
• Domenico Santiago of Mitchell College and New London's DeAnte Bruton were selected to the D3hoops.com All-Northeast Region team. Santiago, a senior, and Nichols College junior Bruton were both named to the fourth team.
Santiago was the New England Collegiate Conference Player of the Year and averaged 17.2 points and 13.2 rebounds per game. Bruton, a three-time Commonwealth Coast Conference first-team pick, is sixth on the school's career scoring list with 1,667 points.
• UConn senior Katie Lou Samuelson is one the five finalists for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award, honoring the top shooting guards in Division I. Samuelson leads the Huskies with 75 3-pointers and is averaging 18.9 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. The other finalists are Maci Morris of Kentucky, Asia Durr of Louisville, Arike Ogunbowale of Notre Dame and Kiana Williams of Stanford.
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