Shepaug swimming leaves its mark
The Spartans placed second at the Berkshire League championships behind Northwestern.
Colin Decker won the Berkshire League MVP award for the fourth consecutive year.
Decker also won the 50 freestyle and set a Shepaug record with a time of 22.15 seconds. In addition, he won the 100 freestyle and set a Berkshire League record with a time of 48.45.
Wolfe was also named a Berkshire League all-star with wins in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle.
O'Malley was named a Berkshire League all-star with wins in the 100 backstroke and a Berkshire League record in 100 freestyle with a time of 55.16.
At the Class S state championship meet, Shepaug placed sixth overall out of 30 teams. Decker placed third in the 50 freestyle and second in the 100 freestyle to earn all-state honors in both events.
“This past season, the team preformed high above the expectations we had going into the season,” Shepaug coach Chris Papsin said.
“Records were broken and personal best times were hit every time a student-athlete hit the water.”
Papsin said that a strong senior class helped set the tone for the team and led it to a standout season.
“We couldn't have asked for a better senior class,” Papsin said. “Each and every one of our seniors left a mark on the Shepaug swimming and diving program.
“The best moments this season that stand out would probably be at the Berkshire League championship meet. Shepaug swam its best meet with over 60 personal-best times at the meet.”
Among the highlights at the Berkshire League championships were Decker breaking the Shepaug school record in the 50 freestyle and capturing the 100 freestyle with a Berkshire League record time, and O’Malley capturing the girls 100 freestyle and setting a Berkshire League record in the process and also winning the 100 backstroke.
Papsin said watching the reaction of the girls relay team after it broke the school record in the 200 medley relay at the Berkshire League championships was another high point of the season.