Naugy, Woodland swimmers make waves at states


Naugatuck’s Kyle Conrad won the 100-yard freestyle in the Class L championships last Saturday with a time of 47.51 seconds and finished third in the 50 free, coming in less than one second behind the winner. FILE PHOTO
The Naugatuck and Woodland boys swim teams competed in the state championships last week.

Naugy took fifth in the Class L competition, while the Hawks finished sixth overall in Class S. Both squads had multiple competitors in the State Open last Saturday.

Individually, Kyle Conrad won the 100-yard freestyle in the Class L championships and nearly won the 50 free. Conrad won the 100 in a time of 47.51 seconds—about a half-second ahead of Tyler Deiter of North Haven-North Branford.

Conrad finished in third with a time of 22.05 seconds in the 50, less than one second behind Conard’s Gregory Youngstrom, who won the event. Naugatuck’s James Vaz also participated in both the 50 and 100 and took 13th place in both.

Harald Hersted of Naugy also produced some impressive times in Class L. Hersted took third in the 200 IM (1:59.12) and fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.48).

William Wright and Christopher Branco did well in the long distance events. Wright placed seventh in the 200 free (1:50.37) and 13th in the 500 free (5:03.87), while Branco took eighth in 200 (1:52) and 14th in the 500 (5:04.12).

The Greyhounds also posted several top-seven relay finishes in Class L. Naugy’s best relay finish came in the 400 free relay, as the team of Vaz, Hersted, Wright and Conrad grabbed third in a time of 3:18.13.

Kevin McMullen (who also competed in the 100 free), Vaz, Wright and Conrad placed fourth in the 200 relay in a time of 1:31.26.
In the 200 medley relay, Alex Grasso, Adam Branco, Richard Mitchell and Jacob Branco placed seventh with a time of 1:47.59.

Naugy’s divers also nabbed some key points. Nakeem Robinson (eighth place), Isabelle Moody (10th), Kaitlyn Carter (15th) and Joe Caputo (16th) represented the Greyhounds.

In the Class S meet, Woodland’s Patrick O’Dell finished third in the 100 back (56.32) and sixth in the 100 butterfly (55.29). Individually, Lindsay Boland (sixth, diving), Adam Trumbley (seventh, breaststroke), Eric Dietz (seventh, 50 free) and Andy O’Dell (ninth, 500 free) also had top-10 results for the Hawks.

The Hawks also placed seventh in the 200 medley relay with the team of Patrick O’Dell, Trumbley, Andy O’Dell and Dietz in a time of 1:46.75. Andy O’Dell also swam in the 200 free, while Trumbley (11th) and Dietz (13th) took part in the 100 free.

Erik Beaudoin swam in the 100 butterfly and the 100 back, and joined Matthew Costa, James Tompkins and Andrew Cullen in the 200 free relay—the team finished in 14th overall.

Cullen also swam in the 200 IM and the breaststroke, while Alan Katrenya also participated in the breaststroke. Michael Christiano finished 12th in diving for the Hawks.

In the State Open, Vaz, Hersted, Wright and Conrad placed seventh in the 400 free relay in a time of 3:17.92 and improved on their Class L time. In the 200 free relay, McMullen, Vaz, Wright and Conrad finished with a time of 1:32.61.

Hersted took 11th in the 100 breast (1:01.14) and Conrad swam in the 50 free (22.32) and finished 22nd.

In the State Open, Boland finished 20th overall in diving, while Patrick O’Dell took 22nd in the backstroke with a time of 56.32.