Swimming and diving: Lady Lawmen exceeding expectations

The Jonathan Law girls swimming and diving team has already exceeded expectations, picking up two more victories last week improving to 5-6 on the season.

This is a marked improvement from last year’s 3-10 squad.

Law graduated senior tri-captains Haley Dattilo, Madison Murphy and Margaret Sullivan, along with seniors Maeve Rourke, Samantha Markham, Arielle Eighmy and Alexandra Remy along with Isabela Roldan, Olivia Tramuta and Abigail Williamson.

“We graduated a very large senior class, “said head coach Molly Rosner, who is assisted by Rob Rosner. “With such a young team that includes sixteen freshman we set a realistic goal of four wins.  We have already exceeded that goal and we are looking to qualify more girls for the states. Last season we had six state qualifiers and we should surpass that number this year.”

The Lady Lawmen are led by senior captain Hannah Savoie and junior captains Mary Lonergan and Isabella Carroll, with seniors Nina Safyre and Amelia Trapp adding to the team leadership roles.

Savoie, Carroll and junior diver Christina Gleason qualified for the states last season and finished in the top ten in Class M. Rising juniors Brooke Nabors, Lillian Baldieri and Theresa Rosato all qualified.

Law began the week earning a 102-71 win over West Haven, led by freshman Athena Homorodean with first place finishes in the 200 freestyle in 2:13.37 and the 500 freestyle in 5:57.00.

“It’s been an exciting season for us,” said Rosner. “I knew we had a few freshman coming in that swim year round and that was going to make us more competitive.”

Law got the win against West Haven started by taking first place in the 200 medley relay, with the foursome of Nabors, Savoie, Baldieri and freshman Hennessey Shane posting a winning time of 2:07.75.

They showed their depth and versatility with Baldieri winning the 50 freestyle at 27.27, Savoie winning the 100 butterfly at 1:07.21 and Gleason taking first in diving by scoring a 206.40.

Law wrapped up the specialty swims with freshman Olivia Franzman winning the backstroke at 1:19.38 and Shane taking first in the 100 breaststroke at 1:20.32.

“We were hoping for a competitive season, especially bringing back six girls who qualified for the states last year,” said Rosner. “We have three strong captains and I was excited about them setting a great example for the younger girls.”

Law is deep in diving, led by Gleason who finished eighth in Class M last season.

Junior Cali Jolley, sophomore Natalie Gordon and freshmen Stefanie Feher and Greta Valvo give the Lady Lawmen a strong presence on the diving board.

Sullivan in the 100 and 200 freestyle and Julie Myers 200 IM and the 100 butterfly add experience, along with sophomore Bridget Kinross in the distance swims 200 and 500 freestyle.

Last Friday, Law made it two wins in a row taking a 104-68 victory over Guilford. Once again it was Homorodean leading the way with wins in different swims, taking first in the 200 IM (2:28.83) and the 100 backstroke (1:15.59).

The 200 freestyle relay team of Savoie, Shane, Nabors and freshman Hannah Rascoll swam to victory in 1:55.14.

The 200 medley relay team of Homorodean, Shane, Nabors and Baldieri took first in a time of 2:10.33.

Gleason won the diving competition, posting a score of 206.70, Nabors won the 50 freestyle in 28.54, Savoie the 100 breaststroke in 1:17.84 and Franzman the 500 freestyle in 6:33.46.

Juniors Jocelyn Phung and Emily Rednak, along with sophomores Thea Ryan, Miriam Dupree and Abigail Lonergan, provide depth along with the large freshman class of Katherine Ayala, Catherine Bedell, Bridget Bennett, Samantha Boyle, Sarah Brennan, Stephanie Caron, Sevval Cinar, Rachel Giers and Isabella Torres.

Law go up against a pair of tough teams in Hamden at home on Wednesday and against Branford at home on Thursday. Next Monday, Law will finish up the regular season with a crosstown rivalry showdown at Foran.