WATERTOWN - Head-to-head competition in the same pool, the way swimming and diving were meant to be, finally retutned to the Smith Natatorium on January 4 when Watertown High School and Nonnewaug Regional High School of Woodbury squared off in a non-league meet.
After a virtual season in 2021, WHS coach Bryanna Murphy was thrilled to be back to teams going at it in the same facility (although everyone at the Reinhold Pool was masked and socially-distanced).
“We have really been looking forward to in-person meets again with all the teams,” said Murphy.
All that was missing from the occasions was a win for the hometowners, as NHS emerged with an 84-70 victory.
Theings got off to a promising start for WHS as the 200 yard medley relay team of Ally Demond, Andrew Warren, Jason Pham, and Kyle Zaccagnini finished first in 2:14.25.
However, Nonnewaug went onto pick up the first place points in five the next seven events, led by Aidan Barry and Collin Bootsma with two individual and one relay victory apiece.
200 medley relay: Ally Demond, Andrew Warren, Jason Pham, and Kyle Zaccagnini - 2:14.25
Diving: Andrew Warren
100 free: Jason Pham - 1:00.14
100 backstroke: Ally Demond - 1:19.57
100 breaststroke: Kyle Zaccagnini - 1:26.98
400 free relay: Alban Kadiu, Karina Deros, Ally Demond, Andrew Warren - 5:12.49.
UPCOMING: After their January 7 NVL meet at Kennedy High School was postponed due to inclement weather, WHS was scheduled to return to the water at Shepaug Valley of the Berkshire League on January 11, then return home for meets against the Crosby/WCA co-op team on Friday, January 14 (6 p.m.) and Litchfield High School of the Berkshire League on Tuesday, January 18 at 5:30 p.m....Watertown wraps up the oipening month of the season at Woodland Regional H.S. on Friday, January 28 at 4 p.m.