By PHIL BRODSKY
Orange Live Sports Writer
For the second year in a row the Amity girls swim teams has knocked off Cheshire to finish its season at 11-0. The Lady Spartans dunked the Rams 96-88 in a key Southern Connecticut Conference meet Tuesday night at the O range Community Center Pool. With that victory, Amity extended its consecutive meet winning streak to 23 in a row. The Lady Spartans’ last loss was to Cheshire in October, 2010. Prior to last year win, Amity had not defeated Cheshire since 1979.
According to Coach Todd Rainey, “It was big for us to finish another 11-0 season. Everybody feels great winning and again going undefeated. The girls are working hard and very excited about the upcoming SCC and state meets.”
The meet began with Shannon Early, Natalie Ambrosey, Dana Grindall, and Anna Lu winning the 200-yard medley relay in 1 minute, 53.96 seconds. Dana Chung followed that with a victorious 1:59.17 in the 200 freestyle. Madeline Snow was second at 1:59.40 and Jess Kochiss placed third with her 2:03.92. Cheshire claimed the next two events—the 200 individual medley and the 50 free to deadlock the meet as it headed into the diving competition.
After Amanda Craig (221.20), Carly Young (168.50), and Gabrielle Syrop (161.10) swept the diving competition, the Lady Spartans never looked back or lost their lead.
Grindall followed with a winning time of 57.09 in the 100 butterfly. Chung added a winning 55.46 in the 100 free and Lu was right behind with a second place 56.43. After Snow posted a first place 5:20.35 in the 500 free, Chung, Kochiss, Snow, and Lu won the 200 free relay with a time of 1:44.93. Grindall not only won the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.75, she also broke the existing school record of 1:07.07 that Kristina Gulia had set in 2009.
Now that the dual meet portion of its season has ended and Amity has clinched both a second successive regular season SCC title and its second undefeated season in a row, attention is turned to the SCC Championship Meet. The Qualifying Meet will be held on Monday at 4 p.m. in the Cheshire Pool. The diving competition takes place the following night in the Hamden Pool, starting at 5. The SCC Championship Meet will be held on Thursday, November 1 at Southern Connecticut State University’s Dr. James Moore Fieldhouse Pool, starting at 6 p.m.