The Trumbull Pisces took second place in the Yankee League Championships over perennial challengers West Haven Wizards and Bristol Splash at West Haven High School on Feb. 20.
Prior to this season the highest Trumbull had placed in the Yankee League Championship meet was fourth.
“The competitiveness of the league has improved over the last few years, and is full of great teams,” Trumbull head coach Bill Strickland said. “The championship meet this year was a lot of fun, and for the Pisces our best yet.”
Along with the second-place finish, the Pisces girls squad took first overall for the championships led by the 9-10 girls who won their group by a large margin.
The preparation for Trumbull started back in September. The Pisces took a giant step forward at the Yankee League trials at Plainville High School, where they had a team record 46 of their 61 swimmers finish top 12 in their events and qualified for the championship meet.
“Having that many Pisces swimmers come back for finals was a testament to the hard work the swimmers put in this season,” Strickland said. “Heading into the championships we had a goal of placing in the top three.”
Contributing to the team’s success were many outstanding individual performances.
Trumbull had seven swimmers take first place in their respective events; Lucia Morales (8) 50 freestyle, Hope Ivanovich (10) 100 freestyle, Kristen Racicot(9) 50 butterfly, Anna Haydostian (13) 200 freestyle, Keira Redgate (10) 50 backstroke, Alexander Ivanovich (10) 50 breaststroke and Elizabeth Stoelzel (11) 50 breaststroke.
Trumbull also has a dozen second-place finishers with David Datz (12), Jacqueline Dale (12), Julia Nevins (13), Nicholas Paolella, Lucas Taromina (10), Hope Ivanovich (10), Elizabeth Stoelzel (11), Anisha Kurup (10), Alexander Ivanovich (10) and Victoria Batchelor (16).
Claiming third-place finishes were Chase Reynolds (8), Jacqueline Dale (12), Cameron Kosak (11), Anna Haydostian (13), Jackson Smith (13), Rohit Gunda (12), Blake Asaro (14), Kristen Racicot (9), Nicholas Paolella (12) and Julia Nevins (13).
Out of a total 12 relay events at championships, the Trumbull Pisces claimed 10 medals taking three firsts, a second place and six thirds.
The Pisces 9-10 girls relay teams of Keira Redgate (10), Audrey Kehley (9), Kristen Racicot (9), Hope Ivanovich (10) and Anisha Kurup (10) took first place in both the 200 medley relay and the 200 free relay.
The 11-12 girls team of Elizabeth Stoelzel (11), Supriya Ganti (12), Jacqueline Dale (12) and Claire Kehley (11) took the top spot in the 200 medley relay.
“The energy and the Pisces pride on deck from the swimmers and in the stands from the parents was electric all during finals,” Strickland said. “Once the meet started with our nine-te girls medley relay taking first it was off from there. Finals overall was terrific for us, taking second place overall after finishing fourth the last two years was amazing for our swimmers. We accomplished our goal.”
Now that the Yankee League has concluded the team quickly turns its focus to the USA Swimming Regional Championship and State Age Group Championships in March. This year the Pisces have nine qualified swimmers for the State Age Group Championships and they look to qualify a couple more at the Regionals next weekend.