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Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team continues to perform at a high level and break records. The Nighthawks set two pool records in relay events in a September 19 win over Weston, and diver Kari Djonne broke both her own team record and the pool mark during a 96-82 win over visiting New Fairfield on September 30.

Djonne’s dive during the win over New Fairfield scored 279.45 points as part of Newtown’s one-two-three outcome on the diving board. Last week, in the big 97-89 victory over defending Class S state and South-West Conference champion Weston, the 200 yard freestyle relay team of Mary Hufziger, Eliza Eggleston, Mandy Mele, and Amy Martinelli set a new pool standard by finishing in a time of 1:43.25. The 400 relay contingent of Hufziger, Bridget Duero, Martinelli, and Megan McDonald had a time of 3:46.69 to set another standard.

Results from Newtown’s win over New Fairfield are as follows:

200 medley relay: 1. Megan McDonald, Annika Fagerholm, Eliza Eggleston, Mandy Mele 2:01.73; 3. Casey Klein, Emma Brantl, Julia DiMartino, Bridget Duero 2:07.34.

200 freestyle: 2. 2:07.12 Eliza Eggleston; 3. 2:07.26 Emily Payne.

200 individual medley: 1. Annika Fagerholm 2:25.33; 3. Bridget Duero 2:32.12.

50 free: 1. Amy Martinelli 25.56; 3. Mandy Mele 25.94.

Diving: 1. Kari Djonne 279.45; 2. Gillian Eckwall 213.75; 3. Sarah MacMullen 161.00.

100 butterfly: 1. Megan McDonald 1:04.64; 2. Eliza Eggleston 1:07.50.

100 free: 1. Amy Martinelli 58.21; 2. Mandy Mele 58.55; 3. Mary Hufziger 58.72.

500 free 1. Megan McDonald 5:36.04; 3. Cecilia Schoeni 6:10.19.

200 free relay: 1. Mary Hufziger, Eliza Eggleston, Mandy Mele, Amy Martinelli 1:43.84.

100 backstroke: 1. Emily Payne 1:05.39; 2. Casey Klein 1:09.29.

100 breaststroke: 1. Annika Fagerholm 1:16.07; 3. Emma Brantl 1:21.07.

400 free relay: 1. Mary Hufziger, Emily Payne, Megan McDonald, Amy Martinelli 3:56.26.

“I thought the meet went well, we had several new SWC qualifiers today, which is a great sign of things to come. I’m looking forward to the next challenge we have this week versus an excellent Pomeraug team that won the Class M state championships last year,” Newtown Coach Zach Gauvin said.

The Nighthawks were scheduled to visit Pomperaug of Southbury, for a battle of unbeaten squads, on October 2. Newtown won its first six meets, and the Panthers started 5-0. The swimmers and divers return to NHS to host Stratford at 4 pm on Tuesday, October 7.

Meg McDonald, one of Newtown's record-setting swimmers, races during competition this season. The Nighthawks placed fifth in the Class LL state championships.
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