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    Saturday, December 03, 2022

    H.S. roundup: Fitch co-op swim team routs rival East Lyme 104-66

    Jai-Lynn Wheeler of the Fitch co-op, top, takes the lead against East Lyme’s Grace Xu in the 200-yard freestyle during Tuesday’s ECC swim meet at UConn Avery Point in Groton. Wheeler edged Xu to win the race in 2:14.04. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    Fitch’s Addison Fulling swims the backstroke leg of the 200-yard Individual medley during Tuesday’s 104-66 victory over East Lyme in an ECC swim meet at UConn Avery Point in Groton. Fulling placed first in 2:23.21. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    Fitch’s Delany Reck competes in the 100 butterfly during Tuesday’s ECC swim meet against East Lyme at UConn Avery Point in Groton. Reck won the race in 1:03.65 (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    Fitch’s Laura Letellier swims to victory in the 100-yard breaststroke during Tuesday’s ECC meet against East Lyme at UConn Avery Point in Groton. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    Groton — The Fitch cooperative swim team put together a dominating performance on Tuesday, winning all but one event during a 104-66 victory over East Lyme in an Eastern Connecticut Conference meet at UConn Avery Point.

    The Falcons (4-0, 3-0), whose roster includes athletes from Stonington, Wheeler and New London, are hoping to unseat the ECC’s most dominant program this fall. The Vikings (2-1, 2-1), who graduated the bulk of their roster, have won all 21 ECC championships meets since girls’ swimming was moved to the fall in 2000 (the 2020 meet was a canceled due to COVID-19).

    That streak could be in jeopardy this season, however, although the two teams meet one more time in the regular season (Oct. 21 at East Lyme) before the ECC meet is held on Nov. 5.

    Addison Fulling and Delaney Reck won two individual events apiece for the Falcons, Fulling capturing the 200-yard individual medley in 2 minutes, 23.21 seconds and the 500 freestyle in 5:37.34, and Reck winning the 100 butterfly in 1:03.65 and 100 backstroke in 1:02.33.

    Fitch’s other individual winners were Jai-Lynn Wheeler in the 200 free (2:14.04), Sophia Pacheco in the 100 free (59.68) and Laura Letellier in the 100 breaststroke (1:12.33). In addition, Reck, Letellier, Fulling and Pacheco teamed up to win the 200 medley relay (1:57.93) while Wheeler, Letellier, Sian Crespo and Pacheco won the 200 free relay (1:50.00) and Reck, Wheeler, Fulling and Pacheco captured the 400 free relay (3:59.13).

    East Lyme’s lone win came from Lauren Hinckley in the 50 free (26.55).

    Field hockey

    • Julia Barry had a goal and two assists as Norwich Free Academy won its first game of the season with a 4-2 victory over Woodstock Academy in the ECC. Alice Rourke added a goal and an assist for the Wildcats (1-5, 1-3) while Lauren Friedrich and Zosia Hospod each scored a goal.

    • Gracie Lloyd scored both goals as East Lyme pulled out a 2-1 overtime victory over Fitch in the ECC. The Vikings improved to 2-1-1, 2-1 and the Falcons fell to 5-2, 3-2.

    • Aila Gutierrez scored all tree goals as Killingly defeated Waterford in overtime, 3-2, in an ECC match. Samantha Silva and Katie Jamroga scored goals for the Lancers (1-5, 1-3) and goalie Emma Smathers made 17 saves.

    Boys’ soccer

    • Max Ferreira’s goal in the 76th minute broke a scoreless tie and Woodstock Academy handed Stonington its first loss of the season, 1-0. The Bears are 5-1-1.

    • Louis Hawkins, assisted by Griffin Chapel, broke a 1-1 tie with a second half goal as NFA edged Ledyard 2-1. NFA (3-2-1) took a 1-0 lead on an own goal before the Colonels (3-3-1) tied the match on Peyton Luther’s penalty kick.

    • Gio Ortiz scored the first goal and assisted on the game-winner as Waterford edged Fitch 2-1. Ortiz, assisted by Mason Baez, scored the first goal for the Lancers (4-2-1) before Ortiz set up Matias Arcelus for the second goal. Goalie Ben Dubicki made six saves for Waterford, allowing only an unasissted goal to Felipe Dantas. Nathan Virtue made five saves on goal for the Falcons (1-5).

    • Kevin Appleby converted a free kick from just outside the penalty area with seven minutes left to break a 1-1 tie and lift Bacon Academy to a 2-1 win over East Lyme. Steve Laliberte also scored for the Bobcats (4-1-2) while Ian Cambridge, assisted by Quincy Gates-Grayson, scored for the Vikings (4-3).

    • Jayden Lyons converted a penalty kick with three minutes remaining to lift Plainfield to a 2-1 victory over Griswold. The Wolverines (3-3) scored their lone goal on a penalty kick by Evan Merchant.

    • Wheeler broke open a close match with three goals in the second half to defeat Grasso Tech 6-2 in a non-conference match on Monday. Keiran Boscoe had a goal and three assists for the Lions (3-3-1), who led 3-2 at the break, while David Levanto scored twice and Drew Deary had a goal and an assist. Grasso is 0-4-1.

    • Killingly outlasted New London 3-2 on Monday. Jorge Almendarez and Niko Churis scored goals for the Whalers (0-4).

    Girls’ soccer

    • Bullard-Havens outlasted Grasso Tech 4-3 in the Connecticut Technical Conference. Natalie Smith, Danielle Sands and Kylee Morrison scored goals for the Eagles (1-4-1)

    • Magda Carpenter scored three goals as Lyman Memorial defeated Westbrook 5-0 in a non-conference road match on Monday. Emily McKelvey added a goal and an assist for the Bulldogs (6-0-1) while Becca Ziegler scored a goal, Maddie Archer and Avery Volle had assists and goalie Phoebe Carpenter made three saves.

    Boys’ cross country

    • Ethan Sweet won individual honors in 18:37 as Wheeler defeated Plainfield 22-34 in an ECC Division IV meet. Trevor Scarchilli (third, 20:19) and Jayson Krysicwicz (fifth, 22:36) also cracked the top five for the Lions (2-2, 2-0).


    • Wheeler defeated Windham 3-1 in an ECC Division IV match on Monday. Game scores were 25-17, 19-25, 26-24 and 25-15. Abby Butremovic had 41 digs for the Lions (3-4, 2-0) while Michelle Macina added four aces and Addison Stanley six blocks.

    • Reagan Buscetto had 10 assists,two kills and two aces to highlight Montville’s 3-0 victory over Putnam in an ECC Division IV match on Monday night. Karla Flores added three kills, two digs and two aces for Montville (2-6, 1-1) while Zoie Farrar had five kills, seven digs, three aces, one assist and one block, and Liz Maffeo had two kills and two aces.


    • The Thames River Crusaders improved to 2-0 with a 44-0 non-league win over Plainfield last Friday. Ryan Outlow had 10 carries for 208 yards and two touchdowns while Seth Cunningham added 154 yards on 10 carries with a TD for the Crusaders, who had 503 yards of total offense. Quarterback Justin Outlow added a pair of rushing TDs while QB Jack Philistin threw touchdown passes of 47 yards to Xavier Jackson and 40 to Javion Velez. David Clang led the defense to the shutout with two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, two sacks, seven tackles and three tackles for loss.

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