MIDDLEBURY-SOUTHBURY — The Pomperaug girls’ swim and dive team are the new Class M state champions. 

The team won the state title going away last week, scoring 707.5 points to second place Guilford’s 564.5 points in New Haven. Wethersfield placed third with 458 points.

The Panthers are the current SWC champions after a very tight championship meet against powerhouse Weston. 

Weston also won a state championship, in Class S, winning by almost 300 points over the next closest school.

The Panthers racked up some big points in the relay events. They placed second in both the 200 free relay and the 400 free relay, and took third place in the 200 medley relay. 

That amounted to 160 points to give them a big edge.

In just one event, the 500 free, the team placed four swimmers in the top 11 finishers to score 89 points. Senior Margaret Rutledge nailed down first place in the event, while Emily Daukas was seventh, Sydney O’Connell was eighth and Caroline Suter was 11th. The depth of the team was the key to victory for the Panthers.

Rutledge also took home a third in the 200 free and swam on both second-place relay teams.

In the team effort, swim members that scored points in the win follow.

200 medley relay, second, Pomperaug (Madelyn Kelly, Vanessa Fry, Chelsea James, Sydney O’Connell), 1:52.43;

200 free, third, Margaret Rutledge, 1:58.11; seventh, Paige Tullo, 2:01.17; 10th, Emily Daukas, 2:04.71;

200 IM, seventh, Katherine Vongsouvanh, 2:17.74; eight, Caroline Suter, 2:20.67; 12th, Fenya Anastasia, 2:22.55; 13th, Theresa Funderburk, 2:23.73;

50 free, 11th, James, 26.4; 14th, Reese Etters, 26.26; 19th, Madelyn Kelly, 26.42;

diving, 16th, Emma Sander, 251.15; 17th, Annie Casanta 245.95;

100 butterfly, seventh, James, 1:03.95; 10th, Anastasia, 1:04.48; 13th, Fry, 1:05.81;

100 free, sixth, Samantha Evans, 55.67; eighth, Etters, 57.35;

500 free, first, Rutledge, 5:11.43; seventh, Emily Daukas, 5:32.38; eighth, O’Connell, 5:32.55; 11th, Caroline Suter, 5:32.04;

200 free relay, second, Pomperaug (Etters, James, Vongsouvanh, Rutledge), 142.72;

100 back, third, Evans, 1:01.11; fourth, O’Connell, 1:03.85; fifth, Tullo, 1:03.88;

100 breast, fifth, Fry, 1:09.81; 10th, Vongsouvanh, 1:09.81; 15th, Cara Thompson, 1:16.33; 18th, Vivian Buntin; 1:16.91

400 free relay, second, Pomperaug (Rutledge, Etters, Tullo, O’Connell), 3:41.18.

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