After getting off to a 3-0 start to the season and having more than a week away from competition, Shelton High\u2019s boys swim team faced perhaps the toughest challenge it will have all season long. Perennial Southern Connecticut Conference and state powerhouse Fairfield Prep visited the Shelton Community Center on Monday afternoon and cruised to a 91-71 triumph and 4-0 start to the campaign. Prep had the fastest time in every event expect the 50 yard freestyle, as the Gaels, coming off three convincing wins, fell to 3-1. Shelton\u2019s Reid Chavez won the 50 with a time of 23.42, edging Prep\u2019s Kristoffer Davis, who clocked in at 23.88. The 200 yard medley relay team of Marc Maleri, Chavez, Jack Marciano and Korey Barber was third in 1:48.00, four hundredths of a second behind Prep\u2019s second-place relay contingent. Barber was second in the 200 individual medley, making his final touch in 2:09.30. Chavez was runner-up in the 100 butterfly race in a time of 55.86. Matt Richard had Shelton\u2019s best time in the 100, finishing in third place in 54.21. Barber came in second in the 500, finishing in 5:18.70. The 200 free relay of Marciano, Matt Christiano, Maleri and Richard placed third in 1:40.80. Prep exhibitioned the 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke and 400 relay after locking up the team win, Marciano had Shelton\u2019s best time in the backstroke, finishing his race in 1:07.19. Maleri and Christiano both finished the breaststroke race in 1:11.22. The 400 relay of Chavez, Barber, Richard and Cristiano clocked in with a time of 3:38.40. \u201cWe\u2019re not really on their level, but there are not a lot of teams who are. They\u2019re one of the best teams in the state every year,\u201d Shelton coach Tom Jurzynski said of the Jesuits. Jurzynski said his team was mostly focused on preparing for its next competition, Thursday\u2019s visit to Xavier of Middletown. \u201cThat\u2019s our big meet this week,\u201d the coach noted. But there was still something to be said for matching up against a stronger team in Prep. \u201cA lot of our young guys haven\u2019t seen talent like this yet,\u201d Jurzynski said. That includes Barber, a freshman, who stepped up to record some strong placements. \u201cWe need to be challenged more often. Even though it\u2019s a loss you\u2019re going against people who will challenge you and make you go faster,\u201d said Maleri, a captain. \u201cIf someone\u2019s ahead of you, just out of nature, you\u2019re going to chase them,\u201d Jurzynski said. Marciano, also a captain, agrees that there is a benefit to this sort of meet. \u201cIt really inspires you to work harder because you know you\u2019re facing some of the best kids in the state,\u201d Marciano said.