Swimming: Trumbull Pisces repeat success at finals

The Pisces were second at the Connecticut Yankee Swim League finals.
The Pisces were second at the Connecticut Yankee Swim League finals.

The Trumbull Pisces took second place for the second consecutive year at Connecticut Yankee Swim League finals event last weekend.

The championship session at West Haven High kicked off with back-to-back Yankee League record-breaking swims in the girls 9-10 200 yard medley relay and the girls 11-12 200 yard medley relay.

The 9-10 medley of Audrey Kehley (backstroke), Kristen Racicot (breaststroke), Lorelei Dale (butterfly) and Caitlyn Dale (freestyle) got it going by breaking a 27-year old league record.

In the very next race, the 11-12 relay with Claire Kehley (backstroke), Elizabeth Stoelzel (breaststroke), Norah Hampford (butterfly) and Erin Racicot (freestyle) set the league record which was previously set in 2005.

In all, the Pisces dominated the team events taking first place in 8 of the 12 relay races.

Two Pisces also broke individual Yankee League records.

Julia Nevins set the 13-14 100 yard butterfly record and Elizabeth Stoelzel the 11-12 50 yard breaststroke record.

Along with breaking records, the Trumbull squad took home a bunch of hardware by claiming 13 first place, 13 second place and five third place individual event trophies.

The meet came down to only 45.5 points deciding the overall champions, with Watertown at 1213 and Trumbull at 1167.5.

“The Pisces were ready, leading up to finals at practice it was a fun loose atmosphere on deck with the swimmers,” he said. “We kept telling the kids, ‘It’s about the Pisces team and the Pisces Pride.’

“From the start of the meet, with our 9-10 girls and 11-12 girls medley relays breaking the records, the tone was set. This was going to be a fast meet. The whole league's level of competition has stepped up, which is really great to see. I am extremely proud of the Pisces swimmers, every day they worked so hard to earn this."

The team now prepares for the Connecticut State Age Group Championships on March 17 in Stamford.