Boys swimming: Falcons gear up for league finals

Gloria Davey competes in the diving event at a Joel Barlow High boys swim meet. The Falcons lost 94-81 to Newtown on Feb. 15.—Mark Pritchard file photo

Gloria Davey competes in the diving event at a Joel Barlow High boys swim meet. The Falcons lost 94-81 to Newtown on Feb. 15.—Mark Pritchard file photo

The regular season may be winding down but the competition did not get any easier for the Joel Barlow High boys swim team.

The Falcons have faced some of the toughest teams in the South-West Conference over the last few weeks. Yet such may better prepare them for what is in store at the league finals.

Visiting Newtown on Feb. 15, Barlow had its hands full with a deeper, faster opponent. The Nighthawks could have won by a larger margin but opted to swim a few events unofficially before going on to win 94-81.

Newtown came out fast in the 200 yard medley relay at the start of the meet, taking three of the top four places. Barlow took third with Brendan Coppinger, Dan Fry, Aaron Hurwtiz and Ben Rigby finishing in two minutes, 10.71 seconds.

Barlow did claim a few first places, including one in the 200 free. Ted Hancock’s 2:01.79 also beat his closest challenger by a mere 0.03 second. Jeremy Touma was fifth in 2:18.66.

Fry earned second in the 200 individual medley, featuring a time of 2:21.81. In fourth was Renee Varga in 2:33.37.

The 50 free was another first place finish for Falcons, courtesy of Ray Bortolot in 24.64. Rigby also scored points, taking sixth in 27.92.

Although the Nighthawks captured first in the diving event the Falcons had the next three places. Gloria Davey, Kevin O’Donnell and Matt Mintz finished in order.

Newtown had plenty of speed in the 100 butterfly to take the first three places, which featured two times in under a minute. Fourth went to Hancock in 1:04.10, followed by Renee Varga in 1:19.35. Sean Murray took sixth in 1:23.77.

Barlow broke into the top three in the 100 free courtesy of Fry with a 55.48. Touma also scored in 58.35 for fourth.

The Nighthawks showed their depth in the 500 free with a one-two-three finish, all with times under six minutes. In fourth was Coppinger with a 6:12.52. Marissa DiBella was fifth in 6:14.76.

Hancock, Touma, Rigby and Bortolot formed the 200 free relay team that finished in 1:44.55, good for second overall.

At this point Newtown had already amassed enough points to win the meet and swam the last three events unofficially. Getting the win for Barlow in the 100 backstroke, Bortolot had a 1:05.9. Coppinger was next in 1:13.19 and Murray was third in 1:24.80.

Barlow had only two entries in the 100 breaststroke. Hurwitz won it in 1:29.08 and Paige Kirby followed in 1:33.13.

Ending the meet in the 400 free relay, Fry, Bortolot, Hancock and Touma led the way in 3:51.98. Kyle Guffey, Murray, Renee Varga and Coppinger also scored with a 4:34.94.

Barlow, which finishes the regular season at 2-8, competes in the SWC meet on Friday at Masuk High at 6 p.m.

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