PLAINVILLE - For the Plainville boys swimming and diving team, it all came down to the last event Tuesday afternoon during its meet against East Catholic.
The score was 81-80 in Plainville’s before the start of the 400 yard freestyle relay.
The relay team of Marcos Gutierrez, Nathan Lyman, Brandon Paznokas and Graham Eyrei finished in first with a time of 4:03.21 sealing the 89-86 win over the Eagles.
It was the Blue Devils first win of the season.
“I was really proud of our relays,” Plainville head coach Chris Zagorski said. “I think we had tremendous relays today and I think it really showed what the potential could be with a few more weeks of preparation.”
The entire meet was neck and neck between the Blue Devils and East Catholic. Both teams took first in six events.
Plainville started off strong, taking the 200 medley relay behind the team of Paznokas, Eyrei, Joe Michalic and Taegan Brochu.
The Blue Devils were trailing behind the Eagles but Michalic was able to catch up during the butterfly portion while Brochu took the lead, touching out his opponents with a time of 1:54.46 to 1:54.83.
Eyrei went on to take first in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 2:09.49, while Paznokas took third with a time of 2:18.38.
Plainville then would have taken first in the 200 I.M., but Brochu was disqualified, giving first place to East Catholic’s Nathan Melia with a time of 2:34.81. Chris St. Lawrence finished third for the Blue Devils with a time of 2:38.49 and Andrew Kane placed fifth with a time of 2:49.38.
The Eagles’ Benjamin Ockert placed first in the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 25.59, while Plainville placed second and third. Gutierrez took second with a time of 26.47 and Tyler St. Onge finished third with a time of 26.56.
Plainville’s Bryan Buckley was the sole diver of the afternoon. Buckley placed first with a score of 169.40, qualifying him for the Class S State meet at the end of the season.
“I thought honestly this was one of the best meets I have ever had,” Buckley said. “I did not expect to perform the way that I did and overall, I was just kind of surprised. If I have this kind of tone, I’ll probably do a lot better at states this year than I did last year.”
Michalic also qualified for states after winning the 100 yard butterfly event with a time of .59. Brochu added to Plainville’s total of swimmers qualifying for the state meet.
The senior placed second in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 54.35, just falling short of East Catholic’s Jacob Melia’s time of 54.23.
The Blue Devils took second and third in the 500 yard freestyle. Lyman finished with a time of 6:03.48 while Gutierrez finished with a time of 6:08.60.
Plainville’s 200 yard freestyle relay team of Michalic, Gutierrez, Lyman and Brochu added another win for the team after placing first with a time of 1:46.33.
East Catholic took first in the 100 yard backstroke as Melia finished with a time of 1:03.24. Plainville was not far behind, Paznokas placed second with a time of 1:09.97.
Cody Terra placed first in the 100 yard breaststroke for the Eagles with a time of 1:12.67, but Plainville’s Eyrei took second with a time of 1:13.60.
“We’re looking at coming out [of the regular season] with a winning record,” Zagorski said. “We have a strong freshman class this year and I think they'll help contribute to us being more successful. We finished fifth [in our division] last year and we’re looking to take maybe top two this year, who knows.”
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