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Deierlein Resets Pool Record As Nighthawk Swim And Dive Team Cruises Past Bunnell Bulldogs



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Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team defeated visiting Bunnell of Stratford 96-77 on October 8. Brianna Deierlein broke the pool record in the 100-yard freestyle race, beating a mark she set earlier this fall, by clocking in with a time of 53.50 seconds. For comparison sake, the next fastest time in the meet was nine seconds behind.

The Nighthawks dominated with first-place outcomes in all but one event and exhibitioned the final four races after securing the team victory.

Things began with the 200-yard medley relay team of Shayna Millard, Deierlein, Cate Fischer, and Norah Kolb winning in a time of 1:59.53. Teammates Ella Seaver, Grace Fischer, Alexa Kwarcinski, and Diellza Limani came in second in 2:02.16.

In the 200 freestyle race, NHS produced another one-two finish as Lauren Smiley won the event in 2:15.54 and Maura Daly clocked in at 2:17.48.

Grace Fischer edged out Limani in the 200 individual medley race, finishing in 2:25.82 to 2:26.54 for another one-two Nighthawk outcome.

In another close finish at the top, Kolb won the 50 free in 26.46 and Millard came in runner-up in 26.58.

Newtown’s divers claimed the top three spots as Ella Hall won with a score of 188.90, Kaitlin Yeaton had a score of 175.65, and Julia Calabrese scored 154.10.

Out of the break, Cate Fischer had Newtown’s fastest time in the 100 butterfly event, finishing second in 1:08.84.

In the 100 free, in addition to Deierlein winning in record-setting time, Anna Shew took second in 1:02.17.

Kwarcinski won the 500 free, making her final touch in 5:46.47. Seaver was second in 6:05.30.

The 200 free relay contingent of Millard, Limani, Cate Fischer, and Deierlein was first in 1:46.03.

Grace Fischer won the 100 backstroke event in 1:07.76, and Shew was second in 1:12.44.

Cate Fischer took the top spot in the 100 breaststroke race with a time of 1:13.54.

In the 400 relay, Kolb, Limani, Millard, and Deierlein claimed the top spot in 3:51.52. Grace Fischer, Seaver, Smiley, and Kwarcinski followed in 4:11.19.

Newtown went on the road and defeated Stratford 94-64 on October 12.

Sports Editor Andy Hutchison can be reached at andyh@thebee.com

Alexa Kwarcinski races in the 500 freestyle event against Bunnell on October 8. —Bee Photos, Hutchison
Brianna Deierlein sets the NHS pool record in the 100 freestyle race.
Grace Fischer races in the backstroke event.
Diellza Limani competes for the Hawks.
Cate Fischer competes in the 100 breaststroke event.
Shayna Millard helps Newtown to victory.
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