Foran High swimmers break seven school records

The Foran High girls swim team set goals, broke records, and took home a state championship relay medal on its way to the most successful season in more than 20 years for head coach Kristin Skuches.

The 7-5 Lions led by senior captains Hannah Buckley, Erica Hansen and Alexa Newall, along with classmates Caitlin O’Halloran and Jessica Lavallee, made some noise at the SCC championship meet finishing 12th out of 18 teams and taking home two first-place medals.

Junior Sarah Fitzgerald was the SCC champion in the 100 breaststroke at 1:07.94 and sophomore Emma Longley was the SCC champion in diving with a score of 378.55.

“I didn’t really put a lot of focus on trying to get by Cheshire (who won the SCC for the 21st time in 22 years),” said Skuches. “I was more concerned with trying to get as many girls as possible qualified for the Class S state meet.”

It was at that state meet, where the records came tumbling down, some were over 30 years old. The Lions had already seen records set during the dual meet season, with Longley setting the school record in the six-dive competition posting a score of 272.10 against Shelton.

Foran went on to finish sixth in Class S meet with a team score of 296 (best in 20-plus seasons). The highlight of the meet was the Lions’ 200 freestyle relay team winning the state championship as Hansen, Buckley, Fitzgerald and sophomore Ava Corsi set a school record at 1:45.13.

“We had five girls make All-State, the first All-State swimmers since 2002,” said Skuches. “We had a state champion relay team and broke seven school records out of 12 possible events. I’m elated, this is beyond my wildest dreams to finish up a season like this. The girls are on cloud nine or maybe cloud 4,000. Everyone came into the Class S meet expecting Weston to sweep all three relays and then we go out and set a new school record.”

Weston went on to win the Class S team title and captured two of the relays, but were not fast enough and had to settle for a second place finish at 1:45.39.

Fitzgerald earned All-State status as a member of the state champion relay team and also went on to break school records after finishing second in the 100 breaststroke (breaking her own mark at 1:06.58) and having a fourth-place showing in the 200 IM at 2:12.90 (breaking a mark set by Lauren McCann in 1983).

Corsi set school records in the 50 freestyle, finishing fifth at 25.43 breaking the mark set by Ariel Zona in 2006, and in the 100 freestyle, finishing sixth at 55.92 breaking the mark set by McCann in 1983.

Longley placed third in the Class S diving competition, scoring a 371.05 for her 11 dives to better her seventh-place performance as a freshman when she put up a score of 348.20.

Trinity Catholic diver Shannon Daine won the Class S diving title scoring a 411.10 with Watertown diver Kelsey DeJesus taking second with a score of 408.10.

The 200 medley relay team of sophomore Emily Sportini, Hansen, Fitzgerald and Corsi finished seventh at 1:58.41, also setting a school record.

The 400 freestyle relay squad of junior Nicole Eschweiler, O’Halloran, Buckley and Sportini finished 10th at 4:05.23.

Longley, Fitzgerald, Corsi, Buckley and Hansen earned All-State honors and competed in the State Open on Nov. 21, where Foran scored 28 team points to finish 33rd among the 48 teams represented.

Fitzgerald had a 10th-place finish in the 100 breaststroke at 1:07.06. Longley finished 19th in diving with a score of 364.65. The 200 freestyle relay team of Hansen, Buckley, Fitzgerald and Corsi placed 24th at 1:46.58.