NEWINGTON-Crystal Connery collected her first win as the Newington boys head coach on Tuesday.
The Indians defeated Manchester 94-69, unofficial.
Although this is Connery’s first year with the Newington boys, she has known many of them since they were young.
“I’ve known a lot of them for years since they were 11 or 12-years-old,” Connery said. “I coached with Newington Swim Club, which is our town swim club, so I’ve known a lot of them for a really long time and I’m excited to be the head coach of the boys team this season.”
Connery completed her very first season as a head swim coach for the high school level this fall. Connery coached the Newington girls swimming and diving team and she was even able to bring a handful of swimmers to the girls Class L state trials meet, where they finished 16th in the medley relay with a time of 2:13.81.
The Indians took first in nearly every event on Tuesday, collecting best times and even one qualifying score.
“I think we’re off to a really good start,” Newington’s Crystal Connery said after her first win as head coach. “We had some good times. We had some best times today which is awesome because that’s something you don’t really expect in the first meet of the season.”
The team believes the Connery will lead them to a successful season.
“She’s awesome,” senior swimmer Robert Nagy said. “She’s a really good coach, nothing but positive things to say about her.”
During the meet Nagy took first in both the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle with times of 23.7 and 54.48.
“This season I’m aiming for the 50 freestyle record and the 100 freestyle record,” Nagy said. “22.06 is the record for the 50 freestyle. I want to go at least a 21, maybe a little less than 22.06, and for the 100 freestyle I want to go at least a 48 low, or 47 high.”
Newington claimed first, second and third in one meter diving. John Famiglietti took first with a score 161.10, qualifying him for the Class M states meet. Abrams took second with a score of 144.80 and Nick Goegel took third with a score of 109.50.
“As a team in general I think we’re going to be great,” Nagy said. “My plan right now, in hopes to go positive is we’re going to have more wins than losses, that’s my goal. Another goal is that we’re all going to get best times and were all going to grow as a team.”
Connery hopes to see more from the Indians as they grow throughout the season.
“I know that there are a couple records the boys would like to take down,” Connery said. “And our divers also have a goal of getting to states this year, all three of them, so that’s a few things we’re looking forward to this season.”
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