WATERTOWN - After a 4-4 finish to their regular season schedule, the Watertown High School girls’ swimming and diving team moved on to the post-season NVL and state meets.

“We had some great swims at NVLs and personal bests,” said WHS head coach Holly Hanecak, who replaced the retired Garry Smith in 2020 and had her first season wrecked by the COVID pandemic.

“It sure feels great to have my first ‘normal season’ under my belt,” she said with a smile.

NVL FINALS 

200 Medley Relay

6. Gabrielle Malenda, Nadia Andarowski, Emily Kiernan, Jasmine Pham - 2:10.73 

200 Free

16. Mikaela Andarowski - 2:27.36

200 IM

6. Emily Kiernan - 2:33.74

50 Free

11. Gabrielle Malenda - 28.06; 13. Jasmine Pham - 28.14; 15. Emma Conard - 28.59; 16. Nadia Andarowski - 28.70

1-Meter Diving

4. Emma Conard - 313.70 pts.; 8. Marissa Saverino - 281.45; 9. Sophia Coco - 275.90

100 Fly

6. Emily Kiernan - 1:07.29

100 Free

10. Nadia Andarowski - 1:03.38

200 Free Relay

3. Emma Conard, Emily Kiernan, Nadia Andarowski, Gabrielle Malenda - 1:52.07

100 Back

5. Gabrielle Malenda - 1:10.29; 15. Klea Omeri - 1:19.86

400 free Relay

6. Lucy Kite, Emma Conard, Janelle Rosario. Mikaela Andarowski - 4:33.59

Overall, WHS finished in fitth place with 504 total points.

Senior Mikaela Andarowski won the Megan Martin Award for Sportsmanship.

“She is definitely everyone’s biggest fan,” said coach Hanecak. “Mikaela is supportive and definitely deserving. She will definitely be missed next year.” 

STATE MEET

 After the CIAC Class ‘S’ state trials on November 13 in Cheshire, numerous WHS competitors qualifed for the Finals at the Cornerstone Aquatics Center in West Hartford on November 17. 

200 IM 

19. Kiernan - 2:31.07

50 Free

24. Malenda - 27.91

100 fly

16. Kiernan - 1:06.38

200 Free relay

7. Conard, N. Andarowski, Kiernan, Malenda - 1:51.52

200 Medley Relay

12. Malenda, N Andarowski, Kiernan, Pham - 2:10. 31

400 Free Relay

15. Rosario, Omeri, M. Andarowski, Conard - 4:24.03.

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