Weston captures seventh consecutive title

Newtown’s Brianna Deierlein was named the SWC Most Outstanding Swimmer.

Newtown’s Brianna Deierlein was named the SWC Most Outstanding Swimmer.

Bill Bloxsom / Hearst Connecticut Media

MONROE — Weston girls have ruled the pool in the South-West Conference. Winners of six consecutive league titles coming into the championship meet at Masuk High, the Trojans maintained their position Saturday.

Weston scored 530.5 points to turn back challenges from Pomperaug with 545 and Newtown with 423.

“Over the years our teams have been built with top-end talent,” coach Brandon Barone said. “This season it’s been our depth, our ability to score points 2 through 8 that has pulled us through.”

Newtown’s Brianna Deierlein was named the SWC Most Outstanding Swimmer. A sophomore, Deierlein won the 100 freestyle in 51.97.

Weston won 200 medley relay to open the meet. Newtown was second and Pomperaug third in the event.

Pomperaug went on top 94-89 with four-point winners in the 200-freestyle, including champion Margaret Rutledge, after two events.

Weston, with Ally Bradley and Zofia Chmiel placed two-three, took the team lead in the 200 IM. It was Weston 186, Pomperaug 152 and the chase was on.

“I loved the way that Katie Franco and Ally Bradley led us today,” Barone said of his senior tandem. “Katie won the 50 freestyle and was second in the 100. Allie was second in the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM. And of course they were there for us at the end.”

Barone was refering to the meet’s final event, the 400 freestyle relay. Weston had secured the victory prior to the swim. That didn’t stop the foursome of Adele Kopis, Olivia Huewe, Bradley and Franco from closing out the championship with a winning time of 3:36.78. The SCC meet record is 2:36.51 set by Weston in 2015.

“The girls are right where or near we want them to be going into states,” Barone said.

Pomperaug, the 2014 champion and four time runners-up, and three-time second place finisher Newtown have challenged Weston during its run. Newtown was league runner-up in 2020.

Immaculate/Bethel’s Olivia Hebert was first in the 200IM and the 100 breaststroke.

Other individual winners were Pomperaug’s Margaret Rutledge (200 freestyle), Brookfield’s Ava Gravgaard (diving), Barlow’s Audrey Gil (100 butterfly), and Immaculate/Bethel’s Cate Carboni (500 freestyle).

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Team scores: 1. Weston 530.5; 2. Pomperaug 454; 3. Newtown 423; 4. Immaculate/Bethel 303.5; 5. Joel Barlow 210; 6. Brookfield 182; 7. New Milford 177; 8. Masuk 145; 9. New Fairfield 124; 10. Bunnell 69; 11. Stratford 62.

Individual Results: 200-yard medley relay: 1. Weston (Millie Bailey, Ally Bradley, Kelly Leahy, Olivia Huewe) 1:51.30; 2. Newtown (Brianna Deierlein, Cate Fischer, Grace Fischer, Alexa Kwarcinski) 1:52.39; 3. Pomperaug (Madelyn Kelly, Vanessa Fry, Chelsea James, Samantha Evans) 1:53.26; 200-yard freestyle: 1. Margaret Rutledge (Pomperaug), 200:34; 2. Sarah Falder (New Milford), 200.71; 3. Paige DeFelice (Weston), 2:02.46; 200-yard individual medley: 1. Olivia Hebert (Immaculate/Bethel), 50; Ally Bradley (Weston), 2:08.96; 3. Zofia Chmiel (Weston), 2:14.91; 50-yard freestyle: 1. Katie Franco (Weston), 24.92; 2. Adele Kopis (Weston), 25.46; 3. Chelsea James (Pomperaug), 25.57; Diving: 1. Ava Gravgaard (Brookfield), 366.95; 2. Cali Mandell (Weston), 361.00; 3. Kate Wiitenauer (Masuk), 351.75; 100-yard butterfly: 1. Audrey Gil (Barlow), 59.23; 2. Olivia Huewe (Weston), 59.70; 3. Millie Bailey (Weston), 59.91; 100-yard freestyle: 1. Brianna Deierlein (Newtown), 51.97; 2. Katie Franco (Weston), 53.89); 3. Norah Kolb (Newtown), 55.57; 500-yard freestyle: 1. Cate Carboni (Immaculate/Bethel), 5:10.91; 2. Paige DeFelice (Weston), 5:25.63; 3. Maddie Winslow (Weston) 5:34.25; 200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Newtown (Shayna Millard, Diellza Limani, Alexa Kwarcinski, Norah Kolb), 1:41.13; 2. Weston (Adele Kopis, Millie Bailey, Skylar Shapiro, Katie Franco), 1:41.28; 3. Pomperaug (Margaret Rutledge, Katherine Vongsouvanh, Theresa Funderburk, Chelsea James), 1:43.27; 100-yard breaststroke: 1. Olivia Hebert (Immaculate/Bethel), 1:07.46; 2. Ally Bradley (Weston), 1:08.88; 3. Grace Fischer (Newtown), 1:08.93; 400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Weston (Adele Kopis, Olivia Huewe, Ally Bradley, Katie Franco), 3:36.78; 2. Newtown (Diellza Limani, Norah Kolb, Shayna Millard, Brianna Deierlen), 3:38.21; 3. Immaculate/Bethel (Carolyn Jandura, Julia Herbert, Cate Carboni, Olivia Herbert), 3:41.77.