Trumbull, St. Joseph swimmers net solid times at FCIACs

The Trumbull High School and St. Joseph High School boys swimming and diving teams entered the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference championships Thursday night and took home solid times.

In 50-yard freestyle event, the quickest event on the night, Trumbull High senior Josh Pavel finished fifth overall with a time of 22.69 seconds and was mere inches away from a fourth place spot, but Wilton's Derak Benison finished with a time of 22.49.

Not to be outdone was St. Joseph senior Alex Rigione. Competing in the 200-yard freestyle event, the Cadet touched the wall with a time of 1:47.90 and finished fifth overall. Rigione was able to edge out New Canaan's Charles Adl, who grabbed sixth overall with a time of 1:48.17.

Both Rigione and Pavel battled in the 100-yard freestyle event. Rigione was able to grab a top 10 finish in the event, posting an eighth place time of 49.54. Pavel wasn't far behind, as the THS swimmer grabbed 11th in the event and a time of 49.66.

Trumbull also had three relay teams competing at the FCIAC swim championships. The Eagles started the day in the 200-yard medley relay, as the foursome of juniors Jimmy Donahue and Ben Tamarkin and freshmen Luke Montanaro and Bowen Redgate took 16th on the day with a time of 1:56.98.

Taking part in the 200-yard freestyle relay, the THS team of Donahue, Tamarkin, Pavel and junior Jared Stickle finished 12th overall with a time of 1:37.48.

Rounding out the evening, Trumbull competed in the 400-yard freestyle relay, as Montanaro, Stickle, Pavel and senior Ryan Gorton took home 14th place and a time of 3:45.74.

During the diving portion of the FCIAC championships, held Wednesday night at Westhill High School, the Eagles had three finishers take to the pool.

Leading the way was junior James Donahue, as he grabbed 14th place overall with 298.20 points. Teammate Andres Ruiz, a senior, finished 19th on the day and grabbed 167.90 points, while junior Cameron Hutchins took home 21st overall with 71.60 points.