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Avon’s 200 freestyle relay finishes tenth at State Open with new school record

Five Avon High swimmers earned state championship medals at Monday’s Class M championship meet. Standing: Andre Richard, right, and Maksymilian Jaremko.
Sitting: Chris Chute, Rahul Kumar, Justin Arroyo

NEW HAVEN, March 15 – Earlier this week, Avon’s 200-yard freestyle relay team became the first Falcon boys swimming relay team to win a state championship. Senior Andre Richard passed two swimmers in the last 50 yards to lift the Falcons to a Class M title with a school-record time of 1:30.34.

On Thursday night, Avon’s 200 freestyle relay team shaved a little more time of the school record and finished tenth at the State Open boys swimming championships at Yale University’s historic Kiphuth Exhibition Pool.

The team of Justin Arroyo, Chris Chute, Rahul Kamar and Andre Richard cut 0.84 of a second off the school record with a time of 1:29.50. Richard, who swam a time of 21.27 seconds with his anchor leg swim at the Class M meet, swam a time of 21.24 seconds. Kamar had a split time of 22.04 seconds while Arroyo swimming his leg in 23.21 and Chute posting a split of 23.01 seconds.

It’s the best finish for an Avon relay team at the State Open.

Avon’s 400-yard freestyle relay (Richard, Chute, Kamar, Maksymilian Jaremko) finished 15th with a time of 3:19.61, just missing the school record they set at the Class M championship meet by 0.05 of a second.

The best previous finish for an Avon relay team at the State Open was 16th by the 400 freestyle relay in 2015 and 2016 and the 200 freestyle relay a year ago.

Jaremko swam two individual events at the State Open. He finished 18th in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:47.90 and was 24th in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:48.73.

Avon was 23rd out of 48 teams with 68 points.

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