Category Archives: Swimming

Hawks swimmers undeterred by 2-5 mark

BEACON FALLS — There are two ways to look at the 2-5 first-half record of the Woodland boys’ swimming and diving team: A disappointing mark similar to the last few…


Naugy bests Hearts in heated swim meet

WATERBURY — The Naugatuck swim team pulled off a real seat-grabber Friday at the Kennedy High’s John Reardon Pool, defeating Sacred Heart by the slimmest of margins, 95-91.

Both the Greyhounds and Hearts came into the meet undefeated in the Naugatuck Valley League, sporting 4-0 ledgers. There was excitement in the air, as fans poured into the stands; by the start of the first race, there was standing room only.

On several occasions, the roar from the crowd almost blew the roof off the place, and you could sense that this one was going to come down to the last event. It did, as Naugatuck won the final race of the meet. The 400 freestyle relay team of Will Wright, Chris Branco, Trevor Heller and Kyle Conrad raced to victory in a controversial finish that had both sides displaying heated emotions afterward.

Woodland All-Decade Boys’ Swimming

Team of the decade: 2005 4th-place finish at Class S meet (WRHS best); 6 athletes earned league honors Athlete of the decade: Greg Cerrato All-State (2005-06); All-NVL (2005-06); All-America qualifier…

Naugatuck All-Decade Boys’ Swimming

Team of the decade: 2002 NVL champion; 3rd-place finish at Class LL meet (decade best); 6 All-State picks Athlete of the decade: Brian Mariano National champion (2002); All-America (2001-02); State…

Woodland All-Decade Girls’ Swimming

Team of the decade: 2009 Best record in school history (9-3); 3rd-place finish at NVL meet; 3 All-NVL picks Athlete of the decade: Heather Chucta All-State (2008); All-NVL (2007-08); 2-time…

Naugatuck All-Decade Girls’ Swimming

Team of the decade: 2004 NVL champion; 9th-place finish at Class LL meet; 6 All-NVL picks Athlete of the decade: Sarah Thomas All-State (2006-07); All-NVL (2004-07); 2nd-place Class L 100…

Naugatuck sinks Woodland in the pool

BEACON FALLS — Knowing the next day they faced one of the Naugatuck Valley League “big dogs,” as Woodland head coach Tom Currier put it, the Hawks gathered Monday night for that time-honored team-building ritual: the team dinner. But as of Tuesday, the Black and Gold may be in the market for a new tradition—and it’s not because they lost to three-time defending league champ Naugatuck, 94-85.

“We had some bad meatballs last night, so a lot of [the boys] were sick today,” Currier said, laughing. “We’re trying to track down who made the meatballs.”

The Greyhounds showed little mercy for their unhealthy hosts, until the meet was in hand and they swam the last three events as exhibitions. Naugy won the first eight swims, led by Kyle Conrad and Chris Branco, who captured two apiece.

Naugy swimmers cruise in first NVL meet

NAUGATUCK — The Naugatuck boys’ swim team began its quest for a fourth straight Naugatuck Valley League title Tuesday night, upending Seymour by a convincing, 97-72 margin at the Gimbo Sullivan Pool.

The Greyhounds were coming off a season-opening loss to perennial state power Glastonbury, by a 96-82 margin. Naugy is a young squad with limited experience, making the NVL opener against the Wildcats a huge measuring stick for the season.

Pool Hawks cap school-best season

MIDDLETOWN — The Woodland girls’ swimming and diving squad put the lid on its most successful season in school history Saturday at the Class S state championships at Wesleyan University…

Naugy swimmers lay foundation at Class L

MIDDLETOWN — It had been a long, hard season of rebuilding for the Naugatuck girls’ swim team under head coach Jim McKee, but the Greyhounds saw the rewards of their…