GHS swim team gets historic win

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., Oct. 7, 2011
GHS senior Emily Kasper slices down lane 6 in her leg of the 200-yard relay in the meet vs. Cheshire on Oct. 6. Photos by Steve Smith.
GHS senior Emily Kasper slices down lane 6 in her leg of the 200-yard relay in the meet vs. Cheshire on Oct. 6. Photos by Steve Smith.

It was a football playoff type of atmosphere – complete with fans painted in the team colors, and mascots rousing up the crowd – in the Glastonbury High School Pool, as the GHS girls’ swim team (4-1) took on undefeated Cheshire on Oct. 6.

Taking first place in nine of the 12 events, Glastonbury toppled Cheshire’s 281-dual-meet unbeaten streak (a national record) that stretches back to 1986, with a final score of 100-86.

GHS coach Suzie Hoyt said she was expecting a very good meet, and nearly predicted how it would play out.

“Both teams are pretty well-rounded,” Hoyt said before the match. “If I’m correct in my assumption, the score will probably go back and forth. At some point, we may be tied. It’s very exciting when you have a meet like this.”

The score was indeed neck-and-neck, and hinged on the last race - the 400-yard freestyle relay. Glastonbury needed to prevent Cheshire from coming in both first and second. The Tomahawks finished first, cementing the win.

Hoyt was naturally delighted, and said she knew her team had the capability. With 41 swimmers, Hoyt said she expects the Tomahawks to remain competitive this season, but was diplomatic when it comes to commenting on their future. “I have no idea,” she said, “Each meet is different, and I expect we’ll do pretty well. We’ve already lost to Hall [on Sept. 30], so we got that out of the way.”

Her team, Hoyt said, carries a fairly equal number from each class, and is strong across each category. “We’ve got a lot of good numbers, and that’s been very good to work with,” she said. “All the kids are great. They’re fun to be with, they’re hard-working and they all have the same goals in mind.”   

Glastonbury hosts Amity on Oct. 11 and East Hartford on Oct. 14.

For a complete schedule, visit www.casciac.org.


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