WEDNESDAY SCHOLASTICS: Meriden swimmers jet to first victory; Southington volleyball continues to run the gauntlet; Rams go to 3-0

MERIDEN — A victory in the 200-yard medley relay got the Meriden Co-op off and kicking Wednesday in their 54-42 Central Connecticut Conference win over Bulkeley/HMTCA at the Maloney pool.

Madelyn Fitzgerald, Sarah Kim, Rylie Benigni and Avery Benigni combined on the first-place effort in 2:05.83 and went on to place fast times in multiple individual events.

Meriden had the meet wrapped up early and, consequently, went to exhibition in most events.

Fitzgerald posted a 2:20.80 in the 200 freestyle and a 1:13 in the 100 backstroke.

Kim touched in 2:27.80 in the 200 IM. She later had a fast time of 1:21.44 in the 100 breaststroke.

Rylie Benigni posted a 1:09.07 in the butterfly, while her older sister Avery hit the wall in 1:00.22 in the 100 freestyle.

Kyla Everdone added to the victory with a 29.65-second dash in the 50 free.

Meriden is now 1-1.

Southington 99, East Catholic 83: The Blue Knights improved to 2-0 with the CCC victory over the Eagles at the Southington YMCA.

Southington took both freestyle relays and got individual wins from Ella Nadeau and Kyra Nguyen.

Nadeau captured the 200 freestyle in 2:06.06 and anchored both relays. Nguyen nabbed the 200 IM (2:33.57) and joined Nadeau on the 200 free relay (1:52.62).

Alexis Strong and Julia Laszewsk also swam on the 200 squad. Laszewski, Kendall Noonan, Emma Jekubovich and Nadeau combined on a winning time of 3:58.39 in the 400.

Cross country

Cheshire: Led by Alexa Ciccone’s winning time of 20:25, the Lady Rams swept a SCC quad against Guilford, North Haven and host Mercy.

The Cheshire boys, meanwhile, went 2-1, beating Guilford and North Haven, but falling to Xavier. The Falcons earned the sweep behind Eamon Burke’s winning time of 16:44.

The Rams got their scoring from Tyler Caron (6th, 17:53), Colin Grevelding (7th, 18:05), Daniel D'Souza (9th, 18:13), Luca Borz-Baba (12th, 18:52) and James Boyd (32nd, 20:27).

In the girls race, Ciccone won by 43 seconds ahead of runner-up Olivia Skapczynski of Guilford.

Cheshire’s Olivia Ferraro was fourth in 21:17. Mia Vientos (21:48) and Eva Curran (21:49) went 6-7. Meghan Georgescu capped the scoring for the Rams wtih a ninth-place time of 21:59.

“We are so excited to come away with three wins,” said Chehsire coach Rob Schaefer. “We know for a fact Guilford is a better team than this. We know, though, that we are competitive with them. These are great wins for our program.”


Southington: The Blue Knights stand at 2-3 after rebounding from Tuesday’s 160-168 loss to Simsbury at Simsbury Farms with a 165-169 triumph Wednesday over Hall at Rockledge Golf Club.

Southington’s Patrick DiPace earned a share of the medal in the latter match with a 39. Hall’s Matt Ganey and Adam Ezovski also shot 39.

DiPace shot a 44 at Simsbury Farms.

Also scoring for the Blue Knights in both matches were Ryan O’Donnell, Brooke Zajac and Kyle Raia. O’Donnell and Zajac each shot 41 at Simsbury Farms. Raia, coming off a 42 in Simsbury, had a 41 a Rockledge.

O’Donnell came in with a 42 against Hall and Zajac with a 43.

Boys soccer

Xavier 2, Cheshire 1: Finn Russell’s goal with 2:58 left in the first half snapped a 1-1 tie and stood as the game-winner in Tuesday night’s SCC season opener between at Alumni Field.

Xavier’s Brady Stevenson scored on a breakaway to open the scoring 12 minutes in. Marcello Pannone answered for Cheshire 10 minutes later off a feed from Jack Markarian.

Girls soccer

Cheshire 2, Shelton 0: The Rams improved to 2-0 and first-year goalie pitched her second shutout in Cheshire’s SCC victory Tuesday night in Shelton.

All-New England player Gabby Tirado scored one Cheshire goal and assisted on the other, which was tallied by Haley Shaw. It was the first varsity goal for her.

Izzy Dziura also had an assist for the Rams.

Girls volleyball

Southington 3, St. Joseph 2: The Blue Knights’ early season gauntlet continued in Trumbull, where a 15-8 decision in Game 5 earned coach Rich Heitz’s club the non-conference victory over the Cadets.

Southington, now 3-1, rebounded after losing the first set 25-19, taking the next two 25-21 and 25-20. St. Joseph forced a fifth game with a 25-18 rally in Game 4.

Gabby Ferreira (12) and Morgan Birdsey (11) both had double-digit kills as Haley Weiner dished out 39 assists. Weiner also got to eight digs.

Makenzie Marek led Southington with 15 digs. Adriana Palmieri was a two-way force with 10 digs and seven aces.

Camí Wessels added six kills for the winners.

Cheshire 3, Shelton 0: The Rams improved to 3-0 with a 25-14, 25-16, 25-16 SCC sweep of the Gaels (0-3) in Cheshire.

Avery Mola was strong for a second straight night, pounding down a team-high 13 kills. Elena Lilback was good for eight.

Grace Downing handed out 20 assists. Jenna Stickney planted eight aces and four kills.

O’Brien Tech 3, Wilcox Tech 0: The Condors swept the Tribe in a CTC matchup in Ansonia.

Tatiana Robles registered four kills and four assists for Wilcox (1-2), while Gia Alvarez was good for three aces and three assists.

Donna Negron was good for two kills, two aces and two blocks.

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