Members of the Trumbull-St. Joseph high school co-op boys swim team came out of its 95-66 loss to visiting Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe at Hillcrest Middle School feeling upbeat.

After all, the Eagles had a half-dozen second-place finishes and continue to trim time throughout the events as they work hard to try to pick up their first team victory, as well as earning individual placements in postseason meets.

Trumbull coach Bill Strickland also senses the taste of victory being not far off.

“We’re making great progress. Now we’re starting to go against teams that are more our caliber,” Strickland said. “It’s been great watching the progress these kids are making because a lot of them don’t swim year-round like the opposing kids they’re facing.”

“Today’s meet was really good. It was our closest meet by far,” said captain Ryan Akhundzadeh, adding that the Eagles are closing the gap on opponents as they improve times.

“As the meets and practices go by I can feel myself getting better and better from the hard work in practice we put in.”

What’s more, the swimmers are motivated to improve their times and get better meet by meet, regardless of how they fare against the opposition. “You’re still competing against yourself,” Akhundzadeh said.

Trumbull’s 200 yard medley relay team of Harshpreet Singh, Nathan Shaw, Bowen Redgate and Jared Stickle placed second in a time of 1:56.53.

“The times are falling. Like Ryan said, we’re getting closer to our opponents,” captain Jared Stickle said. “We haven’t beaten them yet, but I feel that soon enough we’ll be victorious.”

Luke Montanaro came in third in the 200 freestyle, making his final touch in a time of 2:05.74.

The Eagles had a two-three finish in the 200 individual medley relay as Tamarkin and Alexander Jozwa finished in 2:21.92 and 2:22.71, respectively.

Redgate had Trumbull’s best time in the 50 free, completing the race in 25.38 for a third-place outcome.

Stickle was just behind him and placed fourth in 25.71.

Tamarkin edged teammate Joseph Burt for third place in the 100 butterfly event, finishing in 1:08.03; Burt finished in 1:09.82.

Singh was third in the 100 free, making his final touch in 56.11.

Montanaro was runner-up in the 500 freestyle event, clocking in with a time of 5:45.08.

The 200 free relay team of Singh, Montanaro, Tamarkin and Stickle was second in 1:43.98.

Burt raced to third in the 100 backstroke event, finishing in 1:08.40.

Shaw was second in the 100 breaststroke race in 1:11.44.

Trumbull’s 400 free relay squad of Montanaro, Tamarkin, Jozwa and Redgate was second in 3:55.90.

The Eagles have 14 swimmers and five divers, and face teams that have as many as 25 to 30 swimmers on a regular basis

“We’re kind of low on numbers, but the kids are having fun and that’s what it’s all about,” Strickland said. “These kids are going to remember this forever, so they may as well enjoy it.”