Girls swimming and diving: Trumbull places fifth in LL

Trumbull High's Sophia Bragg competes in the 50 freestyle at the FCIAC championships. — Dave Stewart photo
Trumbull High's Sophia Bragg competes in the 50 freestyle at the FCIAC championships. — Dave Stewart photo

The Trumbull High girls swim team placed fifth at the Class LL Championships on Nov. 14.

"We swam and dove extremely well at FCIAC Championships, but the girls knew going to states we were going to have to swim faster,” Trumbull head coach Bill Strickland said.

“Seeing our 200 free relay record get broken at FCIACS, and then again at states by Sophia Bragg, Ashleigh Piro, Regan Ryan, Mia Zajac was great.

“Also to have Katelyn Cerulli break the school diving record just added to our great season.  A big congratulations are in order for our girls."

Bragg was third in the 100 butterfly with a time of 58.04 to earn All-State honors.

The 200 medley relay team of  Zajac, Julie Nevins, Bragg and Ryan was fifth in 1:51.46.

The record-setting 200 free relay team of Bragg, Piro, Ryan and Zajac placed seventh in 1:40.93.

Nancie Ziegler was seventh in the 200 freestyle (1:57.52) and seventh in the 500 freestyle (5:14.99).

Ryan was seventh in the 200 individual medley (2:13.41).

Zajac was eighth in the 100 freestyle (54.99).

The 400 freestyle relay team of Ziegler, Karina Walsh, Nevins and Piro placed 10th.

"Coming into this season we had a team goal of breaking the top five (at states), and our girls did it,” Strickland said.

“With the help of our divers we achieved something we had worked for since the beginning of the season. I couldn't be more proud of their hard work over the whole season to swim as they did at finals."

Cerulli placed eighth in the one-meter dive with a score of 353.60 at states.

Natalie Smerling finished 10th at 3341.00. Olivia Grecco was 13th (304.2)

"I could not be any prouder of our divers, who did a tremendous job at LL's competing against some of the best divers in the state,” said diving coach Rob Devine  

“All three divers are in just their second year, yet all finished in the top 16.”

Other placers for the Eagles were Walsh (19th in 200 free), Piro (18th in 200 IM, 14th in butterfly), Bragg (22nd in 50 free), Ryan (13th in butterfly), Jackie Dale (21st in butterfly), Nevins (22nd in 100 free, 20th in 100 breastroke), Haydostian (23rd in 500 free, 20th 100 backstroke) and Elisabeth Stankevitz (19th in 100 breaststroke).

State Open: Trumbull placed 21st at the State Open. Mia Zajac, Julia Nevins, Sophia Bragg and Regan Ryan were 16th in the 200 medley relay. Nancie Ziegler was 21st in the 200 freestyle and was 17th in the 500 freestyle, Ryan was 23rd in the 200 IM, Cerulli was 19th in diving, Bragg was 18th in the 100 butterfly, and the 200 free relay team of Bragg, Ashleigh Piro, Ryan and Mia Zajac placed 14th.