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Masuk swim team places 7th in Class M Meet

Mert Baykus, Jack McHugh, Keller Hall, and Brendan Kirberger excelled in the 200 Medley and the Free Relay. Photos by Sam McHugh and Katie Kirberger

MIDDLETOWN, CT — Masuk High’s boys swim team had a nice showing in the Class M State Championships at Wesleyan University on March 11, highlighted by Brendan Kirberger’s two first-place finishes and a pair of school record-setting efforts.

Several of the Panthers are heading to the State Open at Yale University this Saturday. Masuk came in seventh in the Class M meet with 280 points.

Jack McHugh, Brendan Kirberger, Keller Hall, Mert Baykus, Mason Eannotti, Jon Ganino, Akshaj Yerragudi and Will Hardy all represented the team at the state Class M trials in Cheshire on March 9 and the Panthers had strong representation at the Class M finals two days later.

The following Panthers are headed to the State Open:

  • 200 Medley Relay – (McHugh, Kirberger, Hall, Baykus)
  • 200 Free – Kirberger 100 Butterfly – Keller Hall as an alternate.
  • 500 Free – Kirberger
  • 200 Free Relay – (Kirberger, McHugh, Hall, Baykus)
  • 100 Backstroke – McHugh

Class M highlights:

Brendan Kirberger got a best time in his 500 Free at Trials, then not only improved his time in the Finals but won first place, earned All State recognition, and broke Joey Nizzardo’s previous Masuk record (4:42.62) with a 4:41.22.

Kirberger had a best time in his 200 Free at Trials. He re-broke his own previous Masuk record (1:46.83) with a time of 1:44.71. Then he placed first and earned All State recognition at the Finals where he recorded a 1:44.84.

200 Medley Relay (McHugh, Kirberger, Hall, Baykus) had a best time at Trials, then did it again in the Finals placing third in 1:40.50.

Eannotti got a best time in his 200 IM at Trials. He placed 14th at Finals.

Baykus got a best time in his 50 Free at Trials.

McHugh earned a best time in his 50 Free at Trials. McHugh did it again at Finals where he placed 21st.

Hall placed 8th in his 100 Butterfly at Finals in 54.18.

Ganino got a best time in his 100 Fly at Trials.

Baykus got a best time in his 100 Free at Trials.

Yerragudi got a best time in his 500 Free at Trials and did it again and got a best time at Finals and placed 21st.

200 Free Relay (Kirberger, McHugh, Hall, Baykus) got a best time at Trials and followed that up with a best time at Finals and placed 7th in 1:31.70.

McHugh got a best time in his 100 Back at Trials and did it again and got a best time at Finals where he placed 4th in 55.52.

Hall got a best time in his 100 Backstroke at Finals and placed 9th in 56.98.

Hardy got a best time in his 100 Back at Finals and finished 22nd.

Mason Eannotti got a best time in his 100 Back at Trials and finished 17th at Finals.

Jon Ganino got a best time in his 100 Breaststroke at Trials.

400 Free Relay (Eannotti, Yerragudi, Hardy, Ganino) got a best time at Trials.

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