Amity boys' swimming continues stellar start, beats West Haven

The Amity boys’ swim team continued its impressive start with a 100-64 victory over West Haven last Tuesday at the Orange Community Pool.

With the win, the Spartans remained undefeated with wins over the Blue Devils, Hand and Jonathan Law.

Leading the way for the Spartans against West Haven was the 200-yard medley relay teams. Team ‘A’ consisting of sophomore Jamie Huang, junior Robert Schwartz, sophomore Matthew Cucurello and junior Jonah Lemere finished first with a time of 1:57.94.

The ‘C’ squad consisting of freshman Stephen Cheung, freshman Nathan Powers, freshman A.J. Pite and freshman Arlo Eitzer placed second with a time of 2:07.21. West Haven’s ‘B’ team of Geordann Daguplo, Omar Ortiz, Santiago Perez, Santiago and Eddie Ozanne finished third with a time of 2:08.69.

Spartan coach Todd Rainey has been pleased with the work his team has put in through practice and with victories over three quality Southern Connecticut Conference opponents.

“The kids swam in the morning and came back at night and swam great times,” Rainey said. “It made me happy to see what they accomplished.”

In the 200-yard freestyle, Amity junior Kyle Lemere placed first with a time of 1:51.25; followed by sophomore Brian Liang in second (1:52.79), junior Eric Holden in third (1:54.80) and freshman Charles Pite in fourth (1:54.96).

Amity dominated the 200-yard intermediate with junior Robert Rosner garnering first-place honors with a time of 2:17.16. Junior Antonio Malangone finished second with a time of 2:19.78, followed by junior Shea Middleton in third (2:20.87) and junior Jason Hipona in fourth (2:24.41).

“They’ve done a great job this season,” Rainey said of his team. “The competition is going to get tougher, but so far, we’ve been pretty good. In practice I have them racing against each other. The kids try and outdo each other with times. I encourage them — albeit friendly — to go up against each other.”

The 50-yard freestyle event belonged to Amity with senior Chris Woodington grabbing the top spot with a time of 24.23. Sophomore Jacob Laser finished a close second (24.43) and A.J. Pite was right behind in third with a time of 24.78.

In the 1-meter diving event, junior Zelun Wang and senior David Park were dominant once again, finishing first and second. Zelun scored a 145.25, while Park finished with a score of 106.50.

The Spartans grabbed the top three spots in the 100-yard butterfly with Schwartz placing first with a time of 1:03.30. Huang came in second (1:03.76) Malangone was third with a time of 1:06.66.

Amity sophomore Sam Guerra was tops in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 52.81. Charles Pite finished second in 54.06, followed by Cucurello in third with a time of 55.25.

The top three spots in the 500-yard freestyle belonged to Amity with Rosner taking first place with a time of 5:24.24. Hipona was second in 5:43.63; while junior Michael Cerami came in at third with a time of 5:51.42.

The Spartans will host SCC powerhouse Cheshire on Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m. The schedule looks much tougher as the season rolls on, but the Spartans look ready for the challenge.

“Starting next week we have Cheshire, Branford, Xavier, Fairfield Prep and Glastonbury all on our schedule consecutively,” Rainey said. “All five are elite teams. We definitely have our work cut out for us.”