Making progress

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Naugatuck’s Amanda Rinaldi, right, and Watertown’s Lindsay DiFelice after the 100 freestyle Sept. 18 at Watertown. Naugatuck fell to Watertown, 101-79. –REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN
Naugatuck’s Amanda Rinaldi, right, and Watertown’s Lindsay DiFelice after the 100 freestyle Sept. 18 at Watertown. Naugatuck fell to Watertown, 101-79. –REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN

NAUGATUCK — The Greyhounds have split their first two meets of the season. Naugy opened with a win over Kennedy, then fell to Watertown last week.

Naugy set the tone early against Kennedy Sept. 15 and grabbed the first six events.

Faith Tuscano, Alexandra Silva, Meghan Messier, Erin Brown won the 200 medley relay in a time of 2:23.54. In the next event, Cara Rotatori won the 200 free in 2:16.25, while Tuscano won the 200 IM and Silva took the 50 free.

The Greyhounds also have received a boost in the diving event — something that they struggled with last year — as Katie Brown took first and Brinn Battista placed second.

“Katie and Brinn both did a very good job in their first two meets,” Naugy head coach Jim McKee said.

Rotatori also won the 100 free and Meghan Lauer won the 500 free.

McKee said that the meet against annual contender Watertown is usually a good indicator of where his team stands. However, the meet happened early in the schedule this season as the Greyhounds visited Watertown Sept. 18.

Naugatuck fell to Watertown, 101-79. Addison Best won the 200 and 500 free events for Naugatuck in 2:16.01 and 6:06.24, respectively.

The ‘Hounds increased their roster from last season, and have a collection of first-year swimmers that are learning and improving each day.

For example, Julianna Scully dropped nearly 10 seconds in her breaststroke time and Jamiee Trumbley went from 1:36 to 1:25 in the backstroke.

“It’s a work in progress, but we’ve done a lot of best times early in the season,” McKee said. “For this early in the season, it’s progress.”

Naugy has some time to work on things. They’ve been off since the Watertown meet and their next meet is Sept. 29 against Oxford and St. Paul. The next night, they face Woodland.