Six Trumbull swimmers compete at state championships

Sriharsha Vangeepuram, Oleksander Kyy, Koji Torikai, Daniel Gomes, Chase Reynolds and Cameron Kosak represented Trumbull at the Class LL Swim Championships.

Sriharsha Vangeepuram, Oleksander Kyy, Koji Torikai, Daniel Gomes, Chase Reynolds and Cameron Kosak represented Trumbull at the Class LL Swim Championships.

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Trumbull swimmers made the most of being a team without a pool.

“We came in with pool issues with Hillcrest pool being down,” coach Bill Strickland said. “We lost some guys because of our practice times and having to travel (8:30 to 10 p.m. practices at Orange Town pool). With the late practice times, the kids did the best that they could. It was a long day for them.

“They pushed each other so that when they were at practice they were working hard. They had a great attitude and made the most out of something they couldn’t control,” he added. “We graduated eight seniors, so we had a very young team. That made us a little light on the top (roster wise) and light overall with only 14 swimmers.”

Trumbull qualified three individuals and three relay teams to the Class LL Championships in West Hartford.

Strickland said. “Cameron Kosak and Raj Padda were team captains. Adam Tomczyk was the only other senior. Raj got sick before states and couldn’t compete.”

Kosak, Chase Reynolds, Daniel Gomes and Sriharsha Vangeepuram were 12th in the 200-medley relay with a time of 1:49.12. That placed them two spots over seed (1:49.80).

Koji Torikai, Oleksander Kyy, Reynolds and Kosak placed 13th in the 400-freestyle relay with a time of 3:43.83. Their seed time was 3:45.42.

Torikai, Gomes, Kyy and Vangeepuram were 14th in the 200-freestyle relay (1:43.20) to match their seed.

Kosak was 19th in the 100-backstroke in 57.85 to place third in his heat.

Vangeepuram’s time of 1:06.66 saw the junior place 21st in the 100-breaststroke, three spots better than seed (1:07.14).

Reynolds, a freshman, swam a 5:16.21 in the 500-freestyle. His 21st-place finish was one spot better than seed (5:18.14).

Strickland said: “We got to see a lot of our younger swimmers follow our senior role models and kind of step up and work hard. It was great to see them perform the way they did. Our boys made the best of it with the COVID and the pool situation. They were able to build great camaraderie.”

FCIAC swim

Trumbull placed 10th at the FCIAC meet.

Raj Padda placed eighth in the 100-backstroke (55.36 seconds) and took 12th in the 200-freestyle (1:48.67).

Cameron Kozak, Chase Reynolds, Padda and Adam Tomczyk were 10th in the 200-medley relay (1:47.47).

Sriharsha Vangeepuram, Koji Torikai, Daniel Gomes and Tomczyk finished 13th in the 200-freestyle relay.

Kosak, Torikai, Reynolds and Padda took 13th in the 400-freestyle relay (3:33.97).

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