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Cheshire High School girls’ swim and dive (1,314 points) unseated Amity on Monday, winning their 18th Southern Connecticut Conference title (meet record) at Southern Connecticut State University! The Spartans, led by senior Dana Grindall (Most Outstanding Swimmer), finished second (1,037.5). Sophomore Sara Barlok (100-yard backstroke, 59.91) and senior Taylor Deubel (100-yard breaststroke, 1:08.2) won their first SCC titles. They joined sophomore Lindsay Smalec and senior Jenna Cannata in also taking the 200-yard medley relay (1:51.16).
Barlok (50-yard freestyle, third, 25.1), Cannata, senior Maegan McGee, and sophomore Ellie Senft teamed up to finish second in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:44.24). Smalec claimed second for the 200-yard individual medley (2:14.7) and 100-yard butterfly (1:00.42). Senior Molly Condron earned third in the 100-yard backstroke (1:01.68).
Saturday's Class LL Trials starts 6 p.m. at East Hartford. Photo of Barlok was taken by Allen Paul/Cheshire Herald.
Field Hockey (16-2; SCC Champion at 10-0)
In the SCC semifinals, Cheshire (top seed) ousted Branford (fourth; 10-3-3-2) 1-0 (4-2 in penalty strokes) at Alumni Field. It was their third win over the Hornets and fourth straight victory overall.
Juniors Emma Farrel and Michelle Federico, along with senior Emily Hague and sophomore Mikayla Crieger, buried consecutive penalty strokes. Junior Maddy Levy, who followed senior Lauren Fountain (five saves), saved two shots in the final frame. CHS led 15-4 in penalty corners.
Cheshire aims to defend their title tonight against Daniel Hand (second; 13-4-1), who beat Guilford (third; 9-6-3) 2-1, at 6 p.m. CHS defeated the Tigers on Sept. 19 (2-0) and Oct. 13 (1-0).
Girls’ Volleyball (19-1; Housatonic Division Champion at 7-1)
Top-seeded CHS beat Sacred Heart Academy (fourth; 15-5) 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-20) in the SCC semifinals. It was their sixth straight victory. Seniors Amanda Palladino (14 kills, five blocks) and Lisa Walle (13 kills, seven digs, four aces), juniors Becca Ligi (eight digs) and Phoebe Carmichael (seven digs), sophomores Maria Buzzelli (12 kills) and Sarah Rodgers (35 assists, three digs), were stat leaders.
Cheshire aims to defend their title and win a record ninth overall on Wednesday (6 p.m.) at North Haven. They meet the winner of tonight's semifinal between Amity (third; 15-4) and host Mercy (second; 16-3) at 5 p.m.