Girls swimming: Barlow is sixth in league

In one way the South-West Conference championship was a reflection of the regular season for the Joel Barlow High girls swim team.

The Falcons, who posted a 6-5 record in dual meets this year, were near the middle of the field of teams last Tuesday, Nov. 6. Finishing ahead of those they defeated during the regular season, they placed sixth out of 12 with 221 points at the Pomperaug High pool.

It was Barlow’s best finish at the meet in more than six years.

Brookfield was the winner with 439, dethroning four-time defending champ Pomperaug. Lauralton Hall was runner-up with 424 and Newtown took third with 376.

Barlow was represented in all of the events, scoring in each as well. It captured 28 points in the 200-yard  medley relay at the start of the meet as Caroline Warren, Carson Gurley, Emily Cheung and Paige Collins finished in two minutes, 5.59 seconds to take seventh overall.

It had two top 10 finishers in the 200 free, which featured Cameron Gurley taking fifth in 2:05.22. Rebecca McCain was eighth in 2:06.78, less than half a second after Pomperaug’s Carrie Zabarsky.

Warren, one of several Barlow swimmers to score in multiple events, picked up points in the 200 individual medley in 2:27.47, taking 11th. Also scoring for the Falcons, Carson Gurley was 16th in 2:33.69.

It was a fast field in the 50 free. Barlow had four entrants but only one would score as Collins swam a 26.80 to take eighth.

The Falcons actually earned their first points a day earlier at the diving finals at Masuk High. Bridget Zaleski was her team’s lone representative, taking fifth with a score of 289.10.

Cheung’s 1:07.26 in the 100 butterfly was good for eighth. Two scored for the Falcons in the 100 free, which featured Cameron Gurley in 11th in 58.17 and Collins one place and 0.27 second behind her.

McCain had her team’s highest individual finish at the meet, taking fourth in the 500 in 5:37.06. Its best group performance was in the 200 free relay with Collins, Shannon Burghardt, McCain and Cameron Gurley taking fifth in 1:50.33.

Two scored for the Falcons in the 100 backstroke. Cheung led her team with a 1:05.98, good for eighth. Warren also scored, getting 14th in 1:08.66.

Carson Gurley was her team’s lone scorer in the 100 breaststroke, which featured a time of 1:20.81, good for 16th. The Falcons ended the meet in the 400 free relay as Stephanie Gerschwer, Cheung, McCain and Cameron Gurley combined for a 4:06.93, good for eighth.

Barlow will next take part in the state Class M meet this week.

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