Senior Night a success as girls swim preps for SCCs

Emma Parkes swims to a first-place finish in the 500 freestyle. — Andy Hutchison photo

Shelton High’s girls swim team, in its second season at the conference’s Division I level, is looking to make some strides in this year’s postseason.

The Gaelettes concluded the regular season with a 100-61 win over visiting St Joseph of Trumbull on Monday to improve to 8-5.

“We had a bit of a slow start this season, but the girls kept improving,” coach Tom Jurzynski said. “Once we got a couple weeks in we’ve gotten faster every meet.”

That bodes well for postseason success, where the Gaelettes will be out to improve on last year’s seventh-place finish at the SCC championship. The qualifying meet will be held on Monday, Oct. 30, in Cheshire, starting at 4 p.m. The finals are on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Southern Connecticut State University beginning at 6 p.m.

Then come the state championships, which gets going with qualifying events on Nov. 11.

Jurzynski wants his team to earn a top ten result in both the Class LL state meet and State Open.

The Gaelettes wrapped up the regular season against St. Joe’s, a Class S school from the FCIAC, in what has become a friendly rivalry meet.

It was Senior Night, and the Gaelettes had some fun with the celebration as several team members competed in events they typically do not swim.

Shelton’s eight seniors are a special class for Jurzynski, since they were freshmen in his first year coaching the squad.

“I’m going to miss them a lot,” he said. “They’re the first four-year class I’ve had. I’ve watched them all come up. They’ve all gotten better each year.”

Maria DiScala, Mariam Dobosz, Sabrina Hudson, Marcella Hundt, Caitlin McGuire, Deloshene Sittambalam, Neha Swamy and Simona Visinski swam at home for the last time.

The meet with St Joe’s also had significant meaning because the Cadets are coached by Nick Blade, who Jurzynski coached when he was a club swimmer in Seymour several years ago.

Also, some of the girls on the St Joe’s squad were teammates with the Shelton swimmers during youth swimming.

“Nick’s done a good job,” Jurzynski said. “They’re a lot more competitive this year and they’ve got a lot of young kids. They’re on their way up.”

St Joe’s swimmer Mackenzie Ceccarelli competed along with some of the Shelton competitors before high school, on the Valley YMCA team in Ansonia.

“It’s so great to see them again. I haven’t seen some of them in years,” Ceccarelli said.

In the meet, the Gaelettes got the top two spots in the first event, the 200 yard medley relay.

The team of Alysa Bretan, Viskinski, Emma Parkes and Louise Kim was first in 1:59.81.

Hundt won the 200 freestyle in 2:12.03.

Parkes earned the top spot in the 200 individual medley in 2:26.86.

Visinski won the 50 free in 25.82.

Bretan was first in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:08.61.

Kim led the way in the 100 free, clocking in at 55.85.

Parkes won the 500, making her final touch in 5:50.58.

The 200 free relay of Kim, Hundt, Dobosz and Anastasia Alcaraz-Sim was first in 1:50.22.

Visinski was tops in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:06.50.

Olivia D’Addio was fastest in the 100 breaststroke in 1:21.23.

The 400 relay of McGuire, Sabrina Hudson, Dobosz and Hundt finished in 4:23.40.

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