Cheshire High School boys’ swim and dive battled to stay unbeaten on Thursday, winning 97-88 over host North Haven/East Haven/North Branford/Guilford Co-Op at Walter J. Gawrych Community Pool. The Rams won three straight events down the stretch and relied on their depth to improve to 4-0 on the season.
After being a close runner-up (4:52.51) to sophomore Finn Henry (4:51.42) in the 500-yard freestyle, junior Justin Finkel returned to swim an anchor leg in the ensuing 200-yard freestyle relay and ended up rallying to earn first place (1:32.38) by .03 over the opposing ‘A’ team. Senior tri-captain Sam Hanke, junior Harrison Hua, and sophomore Vincent Zhu teamed with Finkel on the relay.
To continue the key stretch, sophomore Wesley Johnson captured the 100-yard backstroke (58.36) for the first time and Zhu won the 100-yard breaststroke (1:02.54).
To kick off the meet, Hanke, Zhu, sophomore Anmol Sapru, and Hua were victorious in the 200-yard medley relay (1:44.80). Junior Noah Duncan picked up another first-place finish in the one-meter dive (203.60).
In the 100-yard butterfly, Sapru finished second (55.25) to sophomore Hethon Foster (55.02). Hanke placed runner-up in the 200- (1:48.90) and 100-yard (49.23) freestyles. Zhu took second in the 200-yard individual medley (2:06.82) and Finkel, Johnson, freshman Alex Fang, and junior Hayden Curello earned the same place in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:37.64).
For the home team, senior Aidan Henry, Finn Henry, and Foster combined to win seven races.
On Jan. 14, the Rams return to the Cheshire Community Pool to host Hamden at 7 p.m.