Masuk swim team gears up for SWC meet

Juliette Eaton competes in Masuk's final meet before the postseason.

MONROE, CT — Masuk High will host the South-West Conference girls’ swimming championship meet for the first time in a couple of years following last season’s coronavirus-altered virtual competition. The meet is set for Saturday, Nov. 6, at 3:30 p.m. The SWC diving competition was scheduled for Wednesday night.

The Panthers concluded the regular season with an Oct. 28 visit to Newtown and fell 100-76. There were some strong results for the Panthers, including a diving event win by Kathryn Whittenauer and Eva Helmke’s triumph in the 100 yard breaststroke race.

Eva Helmke races in the breaststroke event.

In the 200 medley relay race, Helmke, Keara Kirberger, Yara Shaik and Victoria Pallas came in third in 2:16.41.

Helmke was third in the 50 free in 26.62.

Whittenauer won the diving competition with a score of 204.35 Diver Carly Jordan made states with a 169.90.

Juliette Eaton was second in the 100 butterfly event in 1:18.83. Abigail Kirberger was runner-up in the 500 free with a time of 6:24.09.

The 200 free relay of Abigail Kirberger, Claire Valle, Melody Sicherman and Christina Bajorinas was third in 2:17.68.

Shaik came in with the third-fastest time in the 100 backstroke race with a 1:11.40. Helmke was the fastest to the finish in the 100 breaststroke event in 1:23.11.

Masuk Coach Emily DeMace has been impressed with her squad’s improvement throughout the season.

“Every swim the girls have made incredible improvement,” DeMace said. “The girls have had a good season.”

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