MONROE, March 14 – A year ago, Avon junior Riley Strassner became the first boys swimmer in school history to win an individual event at a CIAC championship meet when he finished first in the 200-yard freestyle at the Class M championships.
Strassner is in position to possibly bring home some additional championships. Strassner is seeded second in the 200 freestyle and 100 freestyle after qualifying for the Class M boys swimming championships on Saturday at Masuk High in Monroe.
The top 24 swimmers in each event qualify for the finals and can earn points for their team. The Class M finals are Tuesday night at Wesleyan University in Middletown beginning at 6 p.m.
Strassner is seeded second in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:45.73, just behind top seeded Rory Collins of Brookfield with a time of 1:45.43. In the 100 free, Strassner swam a time of 48.67 seconds, just behind top seeded Jack Doherty of Middletown in 48.05.
Strassner is also swimming on two Avon High relay teams that did well in qualifying. The 200 medley relay (Kyle Emery, Sam Johnson, Matthew Bagley, Strassner) is seeded fifth with a time of 1:44.25. The 400 freestyle relay (Bagley, Stephen Pang, Emery, Strassner) is also seeded fifth with a time of 3:26.03.
Emery, who was fourth in Class M a year ago in the 100 backstroke, is seeded fourth in the 100 backstroke with a time of 56.11. Pang is seeded tenth.
Bagley is also seeded ninth the in 200 individual medley and 11th in the 100 butterfly.