Swimmers pile up best times in meet with Prep 

Roan Riordan competes in a swim meet against Newtown for the Masuk Panthers.

MONROE, CT — Pushed by a fast Fairfield Prep squad in an out-of-conference clash on Friday, the host Masuk High boys swim team overshadowed a 95-80 loss with numerous best times and conference postseason qualifications. 

The Panthers recorded 22 best times for repeat event swimmers, and a dozen others swam events for the first time, taking on 12 more to that tally. The Panthers had 10 swimmers qualify for the South-West Conference championships and/or state championships.

“We knew going into this meet that it was going to be a tough one. Prep is a powerhouse and they are fast. Fortunately for us, they are out of our league,” Masuk Coach Emily DeMace said.

Masuk swimmer Owen Smith performs in a meet against Newtown.

“But it was a great opportunity to swim a new team and have another chance to swim for times. The boys did not go into tonight’s meet with a sour attitude,” DeMace added. “Prep swam fast, but sometimes that’s the extra boost you need to get moving. Everyone killed their times tonight. Sometimes places and points don’t matter. They have been working hard at practice and it paid off tonight.”

Masuk has two competitions remaining, as the Panthers will take on Brookfield and New Fairfield before the start of the postseason. Heading into the final two meets, the Panthers have 16 SWC qualifiers and six state trials qualifiers. Masuk has 15 other swimmers in at least one event one event that are close to postseason qualification as the season reaches the stretch run.

For the times, click here. Highlights from the Prep meet are as follows:

Alex Malecki – 200 free best time and SWC cut
Enzo Maia – 200 free best time
Roan Riordan – 200 IM best time and SWC cut
Tomas Micu – 200 IM best time and SWC cut
Kenny Clark – 50 free best time
Ryan Youngcourt – 50 free best time
Sam McHugh – 50 free best time and SWC cut
Owen Smith – 50 free best time
Nick Carvajal – 50 free best time
Joshua Ofori-Nkansah- 50 free best time
Michael Reilly – 50 free best time
Jack Cross- 50 free best time
Gavin Dowling – 50 free best time
Anish Sharma – 50 free best time
Sam McHugh – 100 fly best time
Roan Riordan – 100 fly best time and State cut
Brendan Kirberger – 100 free best time and State cut
Tomas Micu – 100 free best time
Jon Ganino – 100 free best time
Gavin Gabriel – 100 free best time
Tony Catalan – 100 free best time
Anish Sharma – 100 free best time
Kenny Clark – 500 free best time
Alex Malecki – 500 free best time and SWC cut
Joshua Ofori-Nkansah – 500 free best time
Owen Smith – 100 back best time and SWC cut

Tomas Micu – 100 back best time
Alex Malecki – 100 back best time
Brendan Kirberger – 100 breast States cut
Ryan Youngcourt – 100 breast best time
Riley Sheppard – 100 breast best time and SWC cut
Owen Smith – 100 breast best time
Jack Cross – 100 breast best time

Jacob Urkowich – 100 breast best time

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