Howard Alkoff and Christine Matarese captured multiple 1st place finishes in the New England Short Course Yards Championships at Harvard, leading team CONN to an 11th place finish among 73 teams competing in the championships. CONN improved upon its 15th place finish in 2015.
Alkoff won the 500, 200 and 50 Freestyle in the Men’s 80-84 division, while Matarese won the Women’s 40-44 division 200, 100 and 50 Breaststroke titles. Other CONN members with top 3 finishes include Robyn Demarco, Kate Powers, Ally Sega, Ben Wycoff, Douglas Gugino, Steve Akers, and Alexei Bachuretz.
Wyckoff, Bachuretz, and Akers teamed with Rob Duguay to win the Men’s 25+ 800 Freestyle Relay in a blazing 8:22.85 that will likely earn a national top ten. Connecticut Masters also captured a first place in the Mixed 18+ 800 Freestyle relay thanks to awesome swims by Gugino, Sega, Kimberly Martin and Tomas Buitrago. Nicole Guglielmo, Julia Golden, and Kathrine Damato teamed with Matarese in the Women’s 18+ 200 Free Relay for a 3rd place finish.
Connecticut scored 1064 points, with the women’s team outpointing the men 565-461. In 2015, CONN finished with 871 points.
Ally Sega was the top women’s point-getter for Connecticut with 112 points followed by Demarco with 89, and Matarese with 87.
Ben Wycoff was the top men’s point getter with 96 points, followed by Duguay with 68 and Gugino with 63.
Other CONN swimmers making us proud were Laura Campbell, Peter Canning, Carolyn Daniels, Elaine Guardino, Morgan Guardino, and Peter Sheldrick.
If you have never been to the Harvard championships, think about representing us next year. It is a fantastically well-run meet in a very fast and spectacular pool. This year’s meet featured 742 swimmers from 73 teams. The meet is held over four days in March with the distance day held on a Saturday, and the main meet held the following Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Come for one day or come for all. See you next year!
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