By Alison Karam, Girls Swim Head Coach
(October 24, 2022) — The Haddam-Killingworth High School Girls Swim team moved its season record to 5-1 after losing to the Class L Co-op team of Fitch/New London/ Stonington/Wheeler (90-69) on October 11, 2022 and then defeating Rocky Hill (99-77) in an away meet on October 17th. The H-K Cougar girls won 10 of 11 swimming events against Rocky Hill, starting with first and third in the opening 200-yard medley relay. Senior co-captain Erin Marica qualified for State Championships in the 100-yard breaststroke, swimming 1:21.57, and improved her State qualifying time in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:56.26. It was a fast meet for the Cougar girls, as every H-K swimmer who competed that day posted at least one personal best or season best time. Eleven swimmers scored the winning points for H-K: Aleysha Brawley (SR), Emma Sajus (JR), Erin Marica (SR, co-captain), Johanna “Jo” Houska (SR, co-captain), Kristen Thebeau (SR, captain), Layla Hayward (JR), Olivia Campo (SO), Olivia “Liv” Macaluso (SO), Peyton Tyler (JR), Sofia Campo (SO), and Veronica “VV” Pypa (SO).
Top 3 finishes for H-K: 200-yard Medley Relay: 1st: H-K (Thebeau, Marica, Sajus, Hayward), 3rd: H-K (Tyler, Brawley, S. Campo, O. Campo). 200-yard Freestyle: 1st: Houska. 200-yard Individual Medley: 1st: Macaluso, 3rd: Thebeau. 50-yard Freestyle: 1st: Hayward. 100-yard Butterfly: 1st: Sajus, 2nd: Houska. 100-yard Freestyle: 1st: Macaluso, 2nd: Tyler. 500-yard Freestyle: 1st: Marica*, 3rd: Sajus. 200-yard Freestyle Relay: 1st: H-K (Houska, Hayward, Tyler, Macaluso), 3rd: H-K (Pypa, O. Campo, Brawley, S. Campo). 100-yard Backstroke: 2nd: Thebeau. 100-yard Breaststroke: 1st: Marica*, 3rd: O. Campo. 400-yard Freestyle Relay: 1st: H-K (Houska, Hayward, Macaluso, Marica), 3rd: (Tyler, S. Campo, Thebeau, Sajus).
Photos by Robin Thebeau
* Time qualifies for State Championships