SHS boys’ swimming and diving team shatters records

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Suffield - posted Thu., Mar. 29, 2012
Mark Murphy - 100 breast. Photos courtesy of Will Morris. - Contributed Photo

In 2011, the Suffield High School boys’ swimming and diving team finished ninth of 26 in the Class S championships. As one of the smallest teams entering this year’s competition at Wesleyan on March 13, the Cats shocked spectators, finishing sixth overall with a score of 289.

“I had six kids make the state preliminaries in individual events, with five moving on to the finals,” coach Jaymeson Horanzy said. “Including swimming relays, we had seven in total going to the state finals: Greg Cristina (C), 100 free, 100 backstroke; Kyle Eheander placed, 200 free, 500 free; Nick Karangekis 200 I, 500 free; Craig Kost 100 fly; Kyle Eheander 200 free.”

Captain Marc Murphy, Suffield’s first diving champion, entered the competition as the defending Class S title-holder. “Marc set a new school record for 11 dives with a score of 364.05,” Horanzy said. “He also finished 12th in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.53).”

Additional results for states: Karangekis, 15th in 200 I.M. (2:11.93), eighth in the 500 free (5:14.16); Kost, 21st in the 100 fly (1:02.59); 200 medley relay of Cristina, Murphy, Kost, and Paul Trzcinski, seventh (1:50.19), 200 free relay of Trzcinski, Kost, Will Morris, and Eheander, ninth (1:39.29); 400 free relay of Eheander, Morris, Karangekis and Cristina seventh – capturing a new school record of 3:29.46.

At the open, Suffield’s record-breaking streak continued with Cristina finishing second in the 100 free, setting a new school record of 48.90 and fifth in 100 backstroke, also a new school record of 57.88. Eheander finished second in the 200 free (1:16.03) and 500 free (4:52.30). Eheander (200 free), Murphy (diving) and Cristina (100 free) were named All-State.

“The State Opens is where the top 24 swimmers and divers in the state of Connecticut compete,” Horanzy explained. “At the opens Marc finished 21st, Kyle 18th, and Greg 22nd. This is the first year that Suffield boys’ swimming has had a state champion. This is also a new record for boys swimming with three swimmers/divers making it to the opens and becoming All-State.”

A full recap of Suffield swimming and diving season can be found at

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