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Two Newtown High School records were set in the Class LL state championship swim meet, at Wesleyan University in Middletown, on November 14.
The Newtown High girls’ swimming and diving team, factoring in the November 8 dive finals at Middletown High, placed 11th among 21 schools. Greenwich won the competition with 828 points; the Nighthawks had 211.
Newtown’s Mary Hufziger placed seventh in the 100 yard backstroke race and set a school record with a time of 59.02.
Hufziger placed third in the 100 freestyle, sprinting to the finish in 52.37, and earned All State recognition in the process.
The 200 medley relay team of Hufziger, Maddie Carter, Olivia Renkert, and Caroline Mahoney was ninth and also broke the school mark with a time of 1:52.66.
Renkert came in 12th in the 200 individual medley race in a time of 2:14.99.
Newtown’s 200 free relay contingent of Payton Bradley, Amanda Berry, Lianna Perazzo, and Carter, was 14th in 1:49.31.
In the 100 breaststroke event, Carter was 15th, clocking in at 1:11.50.
The 400 free relay team of Mahoney, Emma Riebe, Renkert, and Hufziger, placed 11th in 3:46.85.
In the diving competition, Kiera Sughrue was ninth with a score of 353.50, and Hannah Weatherby came in 11th with a score of 327.90.
Carter came in 20th in the 100 butterfly, making her final touch in 1:01.60.
Newtown’s top swimmers and divers advance to the State Open — the diving events November 16 in Middletown, and the swim competition two days later, at Yale University in New Haven.
This marks the end of the high school careers of seniors Rose Wheway, Laura Carson, Katherine Donnelly, Kelly Garcia, Kira Kelly, Melissa Nowak, Hufziger, and Berry.
“I am very sad to see the seniors go this year. This group has been a force not only in the pool, but also out of it. They all worked together to rally the team this season and it will be hard to fill the space they will leave behind as they all continue on next year,” Newtown Coach Becky Osborne said.