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Kwarcinski Breaks Her Own Record As Hawk Swimmers And Divers Compete In States



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Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team competed in the Class L State Championships, November 8, 11, and 14, and took home a sixth-place team finish and a school record with Alexa Kwarcinski breaking her own NHS mark in the 100 breaststroke event with a time of 1:07.58; she placed fourth in the event.

The diving competition was held in Middletown on November 8 and the swim qualifying and championship races at Cornerstone Aquatics Center in West Hartford November 11 and 14. Darien won the team title with 620 points. Newtown had 329; there were 21 Class L schools to place in the competition.

In diving, Ella Hall placed fifth with a score of 371.10, Nicole Gutrie was 13th with a 259.90, and Shannon O’Connell 17th with a score of 247.20.

In the 200 yard medley relay race, Newtown’s Ella Seaver, Grace Fischer, Zoe Petertonjes, and Kwarcinski placed third in a time of 1:51.76.

Petertonjes took home third in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:56.40, earning All State accolades in the process.

Lilian Accettella was 21st in the 200 individual medley race in 2:22.43. In the 50 freestyle, Diellza Limani was 15th in 26.18 and Seaver 23rd in 26.67. Petertonjes earned ninth in the 100 butterfly, making her final touch in 59.92.

In the 100 free, Limani took 14th in 57.05 and Lauren Smiley was 22nd in a time of 58.55. Anna Shew placed 18th in the 500, making her final touch in 5:36.44.

The 200 free relay contingent of Limani, Seaver, Petertonjes, and Kwarcinski placed fourth in 1:41.58.

In addition to Kwarcinski’s fourth-place breaststroke outcome, the Hawks had Fisher in sixth in 1:08.42 and Shew 13th in a time of 1:12.15.

The 400 yard relay comprising Smiley, Shew, Accettella, and Limani came in 11th in 3:47.78.

Newtown’s State Open qualifiers continue their season. Diving was scheduled for Thursday, November 16 in Middletown, with swim events to be held Sunday, November 19, at Yale University.

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

Lauren Smiley races for Newtown during the South-West Conference Championships. Smiley helped Newtown earn sixth place as a team in the Class L State Championships. —Bee Photos, Hutchison
Grace Fischer and the Hawks have had a strong postseason.
Alexa Kwarcinski broke her own record in the 100 breaststroke race.
Zoe Petertonjes was among the top 100 butterfly swimmers.
Newtown High swimmers at the Class L State trials. Pictured are, from left: Grace Fischer, Alexa Kwarcinski, Sierra Marx, Anna Shew, Ella Seaver, Angela Wennerholm, Maddie Marcisz, Maddy Watson, Zoe Petertonjes, Lauren Smiley, Lilian Accettella, and Diellza Limani. —photo courtesy Lisa Irving
NHS divers who competed in the state championships are, from left: Nicole Gutrie, Ella Hall, and Shannon O’Donnell. —photo courtesy Lisa Irving
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