Boys swimming: Falcons fall behind early

Joel Barlow High’s Jeremy Touma was fifth in the 200 free at a boys swim meet against Weston last Tuesday, Jan. 8. Barlow lost 93-78.±Mark Pritchard file photoJeremy Touma swimming

Joel Barlow High’s Jeremy Touma was fifth in the 200 free at a boys swim meet against Weston last Tuesday, Jan. 8. Barlow lost 93-78.±Mark Pritchard file photoJeremy Touma swimming

It became an uphill battle from the start for the Joel Barlow High boys swim team when it visited Weston last week.

The Falcons soon got a taste of their opponent’s speed and depth as the hosts went up early. The gap grew larger before the meet ended with Barlow sitting on the short side of a 93-78 score on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Weston was fast the 200 medley relay, taking the first two placed. Third went to Brendan Coppinger, Aaron Hurwitz, Ted Hancock and Ben Rigby in two minutes, 6.28 seconds.

The Trojans dominated the next two events, taking the top three spots in each. Barlow’s best time in the 200 free came from Ray Bortolot, who was fourth in 2:05.84, Fifth went to Jeremy Touma in 2:19.03.

For the 200 individual medley the Falcons and Renee Varga in fourth in 2:37.79 and Coppinger was fifth in 2:47.03.

Barlow had more speed in the 50 free, which featured a second place by Hancock in 24.18. Fifth-place points went to Nate Varga in 27.87.

Weston had some good divers, taking the top three places. Barlow’s points came from Matt Mintz with a score of 154.30, good for fourth, and Kevin O’Donnell in fifth with 140.75.

Bortolot swam to third in the 100 butterfly in 1:03.85. Also scoring for Barlow, Sean Murray was fifth in 1:24.63.

Barlow’s first victory was in the 100 free, featuring Hancock finishing in 56 seconds. By now Weston amassed a lead of more than 50 points and opted to swim most of the remaining events unofficially.

Renee Varga would then take first in the 500 free, going the distance in 6:11.51. Marissa DiBella swam a 6:20.07 and Kyle Guffey was third in 6:30.12.

Another Falcon first was in the 200 free relay with Hancock, Bortolot, Renee Varga and Touma combining for a 1:45.25.

Weston did have a couple of swimmers officially compete in the 100 backstroke to take first and second. The next two spots went to Murray in 1:11.87 and Coppinger in 1:23.97.

Hurwitz would the 100 breaststroke in 1:26.98 and Nate Varga was next in 1:30.63. Kirby took third in 1:31.38.

The final event, the 400 free relay, featured Touma, Renee Varga, Bortolot and Rigby getting first in 4:06.26. DiBella, Coppinger, Guffey and Murray also competed, taking second in 4:46.84.

Barlow, now 1-4 overall, is at New Fairfield on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

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