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    Thursday, July 25, 2024

    Local roundup: CGA’s Kwafo wins NCAA 100-meter dash title in record time of 11.49 seconds

    Rochester, N.Y. — Coast Guard Academy senior Michelle Kwafo ended her track and field career in the best way possible: as a national champion.

    But Kwafo took things one step further during Saturday’s NCAA Division III Championships at St. John’s Fisher College. Kwafo not only captured gold in the 100-meter final, she set a school, track and meet record in 11.49 seconds, bettering her time of 11.62 during the preliminaries.

    Kwafo also added a silver medal in the 100 hurdles, finishing second to Birgen Nelson of Gustavus Adolphis in 13.56 seconds. Nelson won in 13.37.

    The 18 points helped the Bears tie for 11th in the team standings. Wisconsin-LaCrosse won the women’s team title with 67.5 points while MIT was the men’s champion with 60.5.

    Also for CGA, freshman Allie Wildsmith cleared 5 feet, 5.25 inches to place 10th in the high jump.

    Connecticut College had four athletes compete. In the women’s meet, junior Emma Wheeler placed 16th in the two-day heptathlon with 4,518 points and senior Erica MacSweeney finished 20th in the triple jump with a leap of 37-10.5.

    In the men’s meet, senior Jeffrey Love had a personal best time of 29:36.25 to finish 11th in the 10,000 while junior Christopher Koskinen tied for 12th in the pole vault by clearing 15-7.

    College baseball

    • Jack Housinger’s two-run triple started a five-run outburst in the ninth inning that rallied second-seeded Xavier to a 7-3 win over No. 1 UConn to win the Big East tournament championship and an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.

    The Huskies had forced a winner-take-all game for the title earlier in the day with a 6-3 victory over the Musketeers (37-23), breaking a 3-3 tie by scoring two runs in the sixth on an error and getting some insurance an inning later on Ben Huber’s solo home run.

    UConn (43-15) is still expected to earn an at-large did into the 64-team field which will be announced on Monday at noon on ESPN2.

    H.S. boys’ tennis

    • No. 14 Ledyard defeated No. 3 Abbott Tech 7-0 in the Class M first round. Ben Fieldsend, Ronan Allison, Sebastian Fieldsend and Malloch Allison were all straight-set singles winners for the Colonels (11-8), who visit No. 6 Weston in Tuesday’s quarterfinals at 2 p.m. Ledyard added a forfeit win at No. 3 doubles while getting wins from Tyler Howard-Noah Freeman and Hendrick Trieu-Jerson Suarez.

    • Third-seeded Stonington cruised to a 6-1 win over No. 19 Haddam-Killingworth in the Class S first round and will host No. 6 Granby in Tuesday’s quarterfinals. Brady O’Neil, Chase Donnarummo and Jackson Conlon who singles matches for the Bears (16-1), who swept the doubles with easy wins by Conrad Tobiassen-Tucker Callahan, Sam Lund-Josh Lord and Owen Grant-Peter Schoenecker.

    • No. 13 Montville lost to No. 4 Nonnewaug 7-0 in the Class S first round. Jack Giurelo (No. 1 singles) and Brendan Duhamel (No. 2 singles) those third set tiebreakers for the Wolves, who finish 10-7.

    H.S. girls’ tennis

    • Second-seeded Stonington began defense of its Class M state title with a 7-0 win over No. 15 Abbott Tech. Grace Duggan, Marcella Hamm, Maddie Gonzalez and Emily Fulling won singles matches for the Bears (14-1), who host No. Watertown in Tuesday’s quarterfinals at 5 p.m., as did the doubles teams of Katya Snegovskikh-Lauren Buckley, Marina and Misha Lewandowski and Gwen McGugan-Angelina Williams.

    • Two-time defending champion Old Lyme began play in the Class S tournament with a 7-0 win over No. 15 Immaculate in the first round, the top-seeded Wildcats’ 63rd straight win. Old Lyme (20-0) will host No. 8 St. Paul in Tuesday’s quarterfinals. Sam Tan, Elaina Morosky, Callie Bass and Katherine Zhang were straight-set singles winners for the Wildcats while the No. 1 doubles team of Livie Bass-Alexis Fenton won 6-0, 6-0 with the other two doubles matches forfeited by Immaculate.

    • No. 8 Fitch swept all four singles match to edge No. 9 Law 4-3 in the Class L first round. The Falcons (12-5) will visit top-seeded Farmington in Tuesday’s quarterfinals. Julia Mielguj, Charlotte Beaulieu, Maddie Beaulieu and Fiza Shariff were all victorious against Law.

    H.S. boys’ lacrosse

    • Gavin Emmons had three goals and three assists to highlight No. 14 Bacon Acacdemy’s 11-8 win over No. 19 Old Saybrook in Class S qualifying on Friday. The Bobcats (11-6) will play at No. 3 New Fairfield in Wednesday’s first round at 4:30 p.m. Ethan LoVetere added four goals for Bacon while Gavin Shkutzko had a goal and two assists, Jameson Pirro and Jack Holmes each had one goal and one assist, Brayden Ward scored a goal, Avatar Disher had an assist and goalie Chase Goulet made 11 saves.

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