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Amber Rocheleau takes 5th place in the 200 IM and 12th in the 100 fly at the State Open.
Amber Rocheleau established herself as a top swimmer in the state taking 5th and 12th in the 200 IM and 100 Butterfly at the State Open. The freshman competed against all state teams and moved up from the 9th seed in the IM to capture 5th place. The State Open showcases the top high school swimmers in the state and Rocheleau did not disappoint finishing a stellar season with 2 more impressive swims. Amber's 2 swims were responsible for Newington placing 29th out of 50 teams at the meet.  A well deserved congratulations to Amber who was an inspiration in the pool leading the Indians as the MVP this season.

Newington finishes 15th at Class L
Amber Rocheleau captures All State honors in the 200 IM and qualifies for State Open in the 200 IM and 100 Butterfly
Newington finished Class L competition tied for 15 out of 21 teams. The Indians swam fast with season best times in the 200 and 400 free relays.
Amber Rocheleau had lifetime best in both the 200 IM (3rd) and 100 Butterfly (5th) in breaking the team records she had set earlier in the season. Rocheleau moves on the the State Open on Saturday.

Amber Rocheleau sets conference record in 200IM. Lindsey Mangiafico gets auto cut in 200IM.
Newington had several best times as Amber Rocheleau set a new school and conference mark in the 200IMwith a time of 2:10.62 and Sr Captain Lindsey Mangiafico qualified for states in the 200IM with a lifetime best 2:29.65. Victoria Savluk had a great night dropping 7 seconds in the 200IM and also dropped over 2 seconds in the 100fly. Charlotte Shepard had a season best in the 50 free. Julia Mazur continued to drop time with very impressive swims for lifetime bests in the 100 fly (-2.8) and then, on short rest, dropped over 6 seconds in the 500 free. Talitha Featerstone-Alston also dropped 4 seconds in the 500 free and Jillian McCormick also dropped 7 seconds in the 500 free. Sophia Maselli dropped over a second in the 100 back whileMadeline Jordan dropped nearly a second for a best time in the 100 breast. Gabby Aquino had a lifetime best in the 100 free dropping nearly 2 seconds. Dami Killinan dropped a fraction od a second in the 100 free while Tori Wyble dropped nearly 3 seconds in the same event.

Newington ends dual meet season in a hard fought loss to Farmington 94-87.
Farmington's depth proved too much to handle in a tough loss. Newington kept the meet close but couldn't quite match up with the tribe from Farmington.
Arayana Bracken swam an inspired 200 free dropping 3.84 seconds off her best time. Amber Rocheleau won the event as Newington took the lead after 2 events at 16-14. Sarah Zogu dropped nearly 10 seconds in the 200 IM for a lifetime best. Lindsey Mangiafico took first in the 200 IM to extend the lead to 26-20 after 3 events but Farmington then countered with a 1-2-5 finish in the 50 free to tie the meet at 31 going into diving. Abrial Murray then had the best performance of her life on the 1 meter board as she captured 3rd place with a 32.40 point improvement. Newington was behind by 7 after diving and was unable to regain the lead the rest of the meet although the team battled and did close the gap slightly. Rocheleau took 1st in the 100 fly and Victoria Savluk clocked a best time in the event dropping 1.65 seconds. Julia Holland place 2nd in the 100 free and the Indians fell behind 59-48. Realizing the importance of the next event Newington went 1-2-5 in the 500 free with Julia Mazur taking 1st place with a best time of 6:16.71 while dropping 4.35 seconds. Talitha Featherstone-Alston took second dropping 11.94 seconds and Lindsay Weaver battled for 4th place but was touched out by less than a second while swimming a best time and dropping 4.46 seconds. Leah Sanderson had the best improvement of the event dropping an astonishing 24.99 seconds in recording a lifetime best. Newington had narrowed the lead to 64-59 but a 1-3 finish by Farmington in the 200 free relay increased the lead back to 11 going in the final three events. Mangiafico led a 2-3-4 finish in the backstroke and narrowed the lead to 9. Farmington had a very strong breaststroke entry and went swept the event to put the meet out of reach. Newington finishes the dual meet season with a winning 6-5 record and prepares for CCC Conference championships next week.

Senior Night celebration culminates with a 92-87 victory over Bristol Eastern.
The Newington underclassmen decorated the pool, prepared the senior gifts then got down to the business of swimming in a come from behind victory over Bristol Eastern. Freshman Amber Rocheleau provided the only 2 individual first place finishes in the 50 free and 100 fly while the rest of the team stepped up with 2-3-4 finishes in 7 events. Captain Lindsey Mangiafico led the senior group with 2nd place finishes in the 200 IM and 100 back. Senior Abrial Murray picked up 2 key points in diving while fellow senior Lauren Brooks had another solid night with a 3rd place finish in the 100 back and a 4th in the 200 free. Charlotte Shepard added key 4th place finishes in the 100 free and 100 back. The seniors teamed up with the underclassmen for 1-2 finish in the 200 free relay to build the lead to 11 late in the meet. The A relay of seniors Mangiafico and Brooks set the stage for freshman Talitha Featherstone-Alston and sophmore Jillian McCormick to place 1st while seniors Murray and Abigail Cabral did the same in the B relay for sophmore Victoria Savluk and freshman Lindsay Weaver to complete the 1-2 sweep. Sophmores Sophia Masellia (2nd 100 free and 3rd 50 free), Julia Holland (2nd 500 free and 3rd 200 free), Julia Mazur (3rd 500 free and 5th 200 IM) and McCormick (5th 100 fly) earned critical points. The freshman continued to provide solid finishes led by Rocheleau (1st 50 free and 1st 100 fly), Featherstone-Alston (2nd 200 free and 3rd 100 free), Holland (2nd 500 free and 3rd 200 free), Madeline Jordan (2nd 100 breast and 4th 50 free), Gabby Aquino (3rd 100 breast and 4th 200 IM), Tori Wyble (4th 100 breast) and making her 500 free debut in 6:59.70 was Lindsay Weaver with a strong 4th place finish. The final event of the evening was again a combination of seniors Mangiafico and Shepard teaming with Mazur and Rocheleau for second place in the 400 free relay while Brooks teamed with Maselli, Featherstone-Alston and Jordan for 3rd. Seniors making their final home meet swims were Captain Arayanna Bracken (100 free), Katie Cronin (100 free, 200 free relay) and Natalie Remiszewski (200 free relay).  
Newington has Farmington next in the final dual meet of the season in what should be another very close, competitive meet.

Southington swims past Newington 85-77.
A strong Southington squad was too much for the Indians to handle as Amber Rocheleau was the only event winner in the 200 free. Amber also placed 2nd in the 100 free. Lindsey Mangiafico placed 2nd in the 200 IM and dropped 7 seconds. The swim was less than 1 second off the auto cut for class L! Lindsey also placed 2nd in the 100 back where a second qualifying cut for states is within reach. Julia Mazur continues to prove that hard work in practice translates to best times at meets as she dropped 3+ seconds in the 500 free capturing a second place finish by out touching a Southington competitor. Talitha Featherstone-Alston had a great 200 IM also dropping 7 seconds off her best time. Sophia Maselli continued with impressive swims with 2 best times in the 100 fly (-3.5 seconds) and 50 free (-.1 seconds).  Madeline Jordan continued her quest for a class L qualifying time dropping 2.5 seconds in the 100 breaststroke.  Other best times were recorded by Victoria Savluk (-2+ seconds) in the 100 fly, Abigail Cabral (-.4) 50 free and Jillian McCormick (-.3) 500 free. The Senior Night meet against Bristol Eastern should be a close and exciting meet.

Conard tops Newington 88-74.
Amber Rocheleau set new school mark in the 100 fly!!!
Newington was overmatched by a strong Conard squad but Amber Rocheleau had a great meet breaking her sister Danielle's 100 fly record by .75 seconds with a time of 58.54. Rocheleau captured first place in the 200 free and 100 fly with personal best times. The squad also registered 16 more best times as Newington focused on swimming against the clock to continue improving their times. Gabby Aquino had 2 best times in the 100 and 200 free with 1 and 2 second drops. Sr Lauren Brooks had best times in both her individual events, the 200 IM and 100 breast (-1.6 seconds). Talitha Featherstone-Alston had a spectaclular meet dropping nearly 5 seconds in the 200 free and nearly 6 seconds in the 500 free. Sr Lindsey Mangiafico had a best time in the 50 free and just under a 2 second drop in the 100 back as she continues to move closer to a Class L qualifying time. Sophia Maselli dropped over .5 seconds in the 50 free and improved in the 100 free by an amazing 3+ seconds. Jillian McCormick continued the parade of best times with 5+ second drop in the 100 fly. Victoria Savluk had a great showing with best times in both the 100 free (-2.3 seconds) and 100 breast (-2 seconds). Damilola Killanin dropped over a second in the 100 free while Nina Giarratana posted a 2+ second drop in the 500 free. Sr Abby Cabral also joined the best time group with a drop of nearly 2 seconds in the 100 back. Newington will be able to focus on training for over a week as the next meet is against a tough Southington team on 10/19 at the Southington Y.

Newington goes to 5-2 with a win over conference foe Berlin 97-84
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Indians Pinktober meet recognized cancer survivors.
The meet started very strong for Newington with a season best time in the 200 medley relay of Lindsey Mangiafico, Madeline Jordan, Amber Rocheleau and Sophia Maselli. Julia Holland and Talitha Featherstone-Alston went 1-2 in the 200 free with both swimming lifetime best times. A 2-3-4 finish in the 200 IM with all swimming best times by Gabby Aquino,Julia Mazur and Jillian McCormick set the tone for the remainder of the meet. The 50 free saw Mangiafico match her lifetime best in winning the event with Maselli taking 2nd with another lifetime best. The Indians had built a 43-19 advantage going into diving. The 100 fly saw Rocheleau taking 1st as Newington continued to build the lead. Mangiafico had a lifetime best in the 100 free taking 2nd place. Berlin won the event by a 9-7 score to trim Newington's lead to 59-48. Holland got the Indians back on track with a win in the 500 free droppimg 3 seconds off her best time with Mazur getting touched out by .2 seconds to take 3rd. Victoria Savluk made her debut in the 500 free picking a point by placing 5th. Berlin came back with win in the 200 free relay to make it 75-62 but would get no closer as Newington dominated the final 2 individual events. Rocheleau, Lauren Brooks and Charlotte Shepard led the final charge with a 1-3-4 finish in the 100 back with best times by Rocheleau and Shepard. Jordan touched out the Berlin swimmer to capture 1st in the 100 breast with a personal best and Aquino had a best time taking third. Newington built a 97-72 lead going in the final event and could not be caught. The Indians had the fastest 400 free relay team of Mangiafico, Holland, Maselli and Rocheleau.
A very strong Conard squad is next on Friday

Newington wins 96-87 against EO Smith

The strongest performance of the season lifted Newington past EO Smith at home. Amber Rocheleau led the way with wins in the 200 IM and 100 free and was part of the winning 200 free relay with Charlotte Shepard, Lindsey Mangiafico and Sophia Maselli. Rocheleau team up with Talitha Featherstone-Alston, Julia Holland and Mangiafico to post the fastest time in to 400 relay. Lindsey Mangiafico took first in the 100 back with a lifetime best of 1:14.76 and finshed second behind teammate Julia Holland in the 200 free who also finished third 100 free with a lifetime best. Madeline Jordan finished with 2 lifetime best times in the 50 free and 100 breast while Jillian McCormick had a best time in the 200 IM. Victoria Savluk dropped an amazing 10+ seconds in the 200 free while Lindsay Weaver continued recording personal best times with a .3 second drop in the 50 free. Sarah Zogu continued her improvement with best times in the 50 and 100 free. Diver Abrial Murray had a very good day on the 1 meter board with a personal best of 117.20 points. The turning point of the meet came when Newington swept the 500 free. Gabby Aquino led the charge dropping nearly 17 seconds while McCormick took second and senior Lauren Brooks finished the sweep dropping over 6 seconds to break the 7 minute mark with a 6:59.58. Newington returns to action on Wednesday against Berlin.

Newington improves to 3-2 with 82-67 win over Bulkeley/HMTCA

Newington had a strong performance against an overmatched Bulkeley squad at home. The medley relay of Charlotte Shepard, Madeline Jordan, Julia Mazur and Sophia Maselli took 1st as Newinton swept the event. The Indians then went 1-2 in the 200 freestyle with Amber Rocheleau taking first and Gabby Aquino placing second. Unchallenged in the 200 IM allowed a sweep by Jillian McCormick (best time), Lauren Brooks and Victoria Savluk. Lindsey Mangiafico and Julia Mazur went 1-2 respectively in the 50 free. Lindsay Weaver dropped 1.5 seconds and Madeline Jordan dropped .2 for best times in the 50 free.  Victoria Savluk (-1.5 secs), Sophia Maselli (-1 sec) and Julia Holland (-2 secs) all had best times for a sweep in the 100 fly. Rocheleau and Shepard continued the pressure on the bulldogs by going 1-2 in the 100 free. Anna Saunders also had a good showing in dropping 6 seconds off her time in the 100 free while Abrial Murray bested her time by over 3 seconds in the same event.  Julia Mazur electrified the team with an amazing 6:24.16 in winning the 500 free in her first ever swim in the event. Gabby Aquino, Talitha Featherstone-Alston, Julia Holland and Rocheleau round out the official scoring leading the sweep in the 200 free relay. Lindsey Mangiafico had a very strong swim in the 100 back with a best time of 1:15.18. Madeline Jordan posted the fastest time in the 100 breast edging out Aquino and Tori Wyble. Aquino dropped .01 seconds in the breastroke for a lifetime best. The final event of the day had the senior relay of Lauren Brooks, Arayanna Bracken, Charlotte Shepard and Lindsey Mangiafico come back to out touch the relay of Mazur, Featherstone-Alston, Abigail Cabral and Maselli to claim the fastest time of the day.
Newington will face E.O. Smith on Friday in what looks like will be a close meet. 

Newington has strong showing against Bristol Central in 94-89 win

Newington was in an early hole after the first event but came back strong the rest of the meet to go to 2-2 on the season. Diver Abrial Murray made her diving debut  and took 3rd place with an impressive showing. Amber Rocheleau led the swimmers with 1st place finishes in the 200 IM and 100 fly and teamed up with Charlotte Shepard, Sophia Maselli and Lindsey Mangiofico to take 1st in the 200 free relay and then joined up with Mangiafico, Maselli and Gabby Aquino to capture the final 1st of the meet in the 400 free relay. Mangiafico also had a great day with a 1st pace in the 100 free and a 2nd in the 200 free. Senior Lauren Brooks provided key points with 2nd place finishes in the 50 free and 100 back. Tori Wyble picked up the final individual 1st place finish with a strong showing in the 100 breast. Other notable performances were Jillian McCormick 2nd in the 200 IM, Talitha Featherstone-Alston 2nd in the 500 free. Newington takes on Bulkeley next.

Newington falls short against Middletown 95.5 - 87.5.

Newington jumped out to a 15 point lead after the first 4 events but was outscored 13-0 in diving to hold a slim lead going into the second half of the meet. Middletown made a late surge in the last three events to capture the 8 point victory. The 200 medley team of Sophia Maselli, Madeline Jordan, Amber Rocheleau and Charlotte Shepard took 1st place while Gabby Aquino, Tori Wyble, Julia Mazur and Talitha Featherstone-Alston jump started the team with a 1-2 sweep. Amber Rocheleau was a double winner capturing the 50 and 100 free.  Lindsey Mangiafico took second in the 100 and 200 free. Julia Holland had another great day finishing .2 sec behind Mangiafico in the 200 free while posting a best time and dropped 10 1/2 seconds in recording a second place finish behind Rocheleau. Sophia Maselli also had a great day with 2 best time finishes in the 100 fly and 50 free taking 3rd in both events. Julia Mazur had a very good day with 2 best times taking 2nd in the 100 fly and dropping time in the 100 back. Lauren Brooks had a very impressive 2 second drop in the 100 back capturing 2nd place. Jillian McCormick had 2 best times in the 200 IM and 100 free. Talitha Featherstone-Alston also posted a best time in the 100 back. Swimmers continued to improve in exhibition events. The free best times were Damilola Killanin in both the 50 and 100 dropping a full 7 seconds in the 100 and Arayana Bracken with a personal best in the 50. 

Newington tops Manchester by winning the final relay!

Newington trailed or was tied with Manchester until winning the final event and the meet 88-82. Mamchester jumped out to a 36-26 lead after the 50 free but a total team effort from the Indians kept the meet close until breaking on top at the end.
Led by Amber Rocheleau ( 1st in 100 fly and 100 breast ) and  captain Lindsey Mangiafico (1st 200 IM ,best time, and 2nd 100 free ) the rest of the team swam incredibly well. Freshman Talitha Featherstone-Alston had 2 2nd place finishes in the 200 and 500 free with best times in both events. Sophmore Julia Mazur was part of the 100 fly sweep taking 2nd place and added a best time 3rd place finish in the 50 free. Sophmore Julia Holland had another strong showing taking 2nd in the 100 back with a best time and 3rd in the in the 100 free. Sophmore Sophia Mazelli was part of the 100 fly sweep taking 3rd place and also finishing in 3rd in the 100 back dropping nearly 2 seconds off her previous best time. Freshman Victoria Wyble had a key 3rd place finish in the 100 breast. Sophmore  Victoria Savluk dropped nearly 3 seconds for a best time in the 50 free.
The 200 medley relay of Holland, Rocheleau,Mazur And Mazelli was touched out by a half second and  took 2nd place. The 200 free relay also took 2nd place with Charlotte Shepard, Featherstone-Alston, Mangiafico and Lauren Brooks picking up key points. The final relay of the meet, 400 free, was Mangiafico, Shepard, Holland and Rocheleau.
The team made significant progress from the first meet and has Middletown next on Friday

Newington drops first meet of the season to Hall 95-72.
Freshman Amber Rocheleau sets new school record in 200 IM with a time of 2:10.97. Amber also took 1st place in 100 free.
Also swimming well were Victoria Savluk 100 fly, Julia Mazur 100 fly and 100 back, Madeline Jordan 50 free, Sophia Maselli 500 free, Julia Holland (2nd overall} 100 back and 200 free, Senior captain Lindsey Mangiafico 100 breast and Leah Sanderson 100 free.

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