Girls swimming: Shelton’s best-ever finish at State Open

The Shelton High School girls swimming team finished its season on Saturday night at Yale University by finishing ninth at the State Open meet.

The 9th-place finish for coach Tom Jurzynski’s squad was the best finish in team history, eclipsing a 12th-place finish from last season.

“We accomplished all of our goals for this season and I could not be happier with how the girls performed,” Jurzynski said. “We performed at a higher level at each level of championship (SCC, Class LL and State Open) that we competed at.

“To place five girls on the All-Conference team and four on the all-state team are things that we have never done as a program and I could not be prouder of this group of girls.”

The 200 freestyle relay team of Emma Parkes, Louise Kim, Caitlin McGuire and Simona Visinski won the 200 freestyle relay with a school record time of 1:36.99.

The win marked the first-ever swimming championship for the Gaels in the State Open.

The 400 freestyle relay team of Parkes, Kim, Alyssa Bretan and Visinski finished eighth with a school record time of 3:35.06.

Visinski finished second in the 100 freestyle in 51.71 and fifth in the 50 freestyle in 24.13.

Kim finished fourth in the 50 freestyle in 24.00 and eighth in the 100 freestyle in 52.85.

Parkes finished 16th in the 50 freestyle in 24.67 and 20th in the 100 freestyle in 54.25.

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