Lauralton Hall reclaims Class M swim title
NEW HAVEN — After a one-year hiatus, the Lauralton Hall swimmers and divers are once again the queens of Class M.
The Crusaders scored 600 points in the championship meet Wednesday at Southern Connecticut State University to claim their fourth state title in six years. North Haven placed second with 464 points, followed by reigning champion Brookfield in third with 445, East Lyme in fourth with 395 and Lyman Hall in fifth with 368.
“We’ve been working toward this since the first day of this season,” Lauralton senior Katherine Begg said. “We wanted to get back the title, and I think every single person put in the effort and put in different little things, and we all worked together. It just happened that we won, and it’s awesome.”
It’s not like Lauralton fell all that far from grace last year, however. The Crusaders finished second while Brookfield captured its first state title in girls swimming and diving. In fact, Lauralton Hall has finished either first or second in the state every year since 2011, including Class M titles in 2014 and 2015 and a Class M crown in 2012.
Still, nothing beats a championship.
“When you take a year or so off, it’s humbling,” Lauralton coach Fran Pfeiffer said. “We have a lot of good swimmers. We’re very fortunate. We get good swimmers in, and it makes it a little easier. We get good kids and they work hard.”
The Crusaders capped the night with an impressive victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team of Rory Woods, Vivian Freitas, Caroline Sargent and Begg trimmed nearly six seconds off their seed time to win in 3:40.61.
“Everyone put in the effort,” Begg said. “I was last, and they gave me a great lead to work with.”
North Haven opened the meet with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay, with the team of Maddie Bergin, Angela Gambardella, Jasmine Nguy and Laura Borrelli finishing in 1:51.43. North Haven also won the 200 freestyle relay, with Gambardella, Borrelli, Riley Joos and Bergin finishing in 1:40.89. Gambardella won the 200 individual medley in 2:06.59, and the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.82. Bergin, a freshman, won the 50 freestyle for in 24.44 seconds, and the 100 freestyle in 53.03 seconds.
Jordan MacDonald of Foran won the 100 butterfly in 57.39, and placed second in the 500 freestyle in 5:10.24.
Foran’s Emma Longley won diving with 458.90 points.