Boys swimming: Falcons sink Wave

poolBetween outright victories in some events and multiple scorers in others the Joel Barlow High boys swim team put itself in good position in its meet against New Milford.

The Falcons did get their fair share of points from first places. Other scorers in the top five positions helped as well for a 98-87 win last Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the Western Connecticut State University pool.

It was the second victory of the season for Barlow and stopped a four-meet losing streak.

The Green Wave had a good start to the day by taking the top two places in the 200-yard medley relay. Barlow’s points came from Brendan Coppinger, Aaron Hurwitz, Renee Varga and Nate Varga, who combined to finish in 2:09.77, just 0.05 second out of second place.

Barlow had plenty of speed in the 200 free, taking the top two places. Edward Hancock led the way in 2:03.63. Jeremy Touma followed in 2:14.51 and Marissa DiBella was next in 2:22.24.

Three would score for the Falcons in the 200 individual medley, which featured a win by Dan Fry in 2:20.40. Renee Varga was third in 2:34.79 and Kyle Guffey’s 2:54.02 was good for fifth.

Although New Milford placed first in the 50 free the Falcons claimed the next three spots. Ray Bortolot was second with 24.68 and Nathan Varga was next in 27.14. Also scoring for Barlow, Ben Rigby finished in 27.94.

A one-two Barlow finish came in the diving event. Kevin O’Donnell led the way with a score of 148. Gloria Davey was next with 143.10.

Fry led the Falcons in the 100 butterfly, taking second in 1:08.14. Guffey was fourth in 1:18.54 and Sean Murray also scored, getting fifth in 1:22.38.

Winning the 100 free, Hancock finished in 54.95. Also breaking the one-minute mark was Touma in fourth with a 59.73.

Barlow stretched its lead in the meet with the 500 free, which Coppinger won in 6:20.14. DiBella was second in 6:22.24.

Both of Barlow’s teams scored in the 200 free relay. Hancock, Touma, Fry and Bortolot won it in 1:42.96 and Nathan Varga, Rigby, DiBella and Renee Varga were third in 1:53.20.

Bortolot’s 1:04.84 was good for second in the 100 backstroke, which also featured Coppinger swimming a 1:12.65 for fourth. New Milford had some depth in the 100 breaststroke with a one-two-three finish before Paige Kirby took fourth in 1:29.14. Nate Varga was fifth in 1:31.42.

The Falcons led just 88-83 going into the final event, the 400 free relay, and needed either a win or a second and third to clinch the meet. They would have a little breathing room as Fry, Touma, Bortolot and Hancock finished in 3:50.55 for the win while Rigby, Guffey, Murray and Coppinger placed third in 4:28.14.

Barlow, now 2-5, is home to Brookfield on Monday at 5:30 p.m.

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