NEW HAVEN, March 18 – Avon High senior Kyle Emery closed out his high school swimming career by finishing sixth in the 100-yard backstroke at the CIAC State Open championships at Kiphuth Pool on the campus of Yale University on Saturday afternoon.
Emery helped Avon finish 23rd in the field of 47 teams with 77 points.
It was the fourth year that Emery had qualified to swim the backstroke for the Falcons at the State Open. He progressed every year. He was 19th as a freshman, 11th as a sophomore, ninth last year and sixth this year with a time of 53.53 seconds – his best time at the Open.
Emery also finished 14th in the 100 freestyle with a time of 48.92, just a hair slower than his time of 48.82 that earned him second place at the Class M championship meet just two days earlier.
Freshman Adam Zapatka finished 17th in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:52.74 and Avon’s 200-yard freestyle relay team (Max Jaremko, Zaire Griffin, Justin Arroyo and Andre Richard) was 17th with a time of 1:31.72, which lowered their own school record by 0.06 of a second. The foursome swam a time of 1:31.78 which was good enough for third place at the Class M championship meet.
Junior diver Brendan Downey finished 19th with a score of 350.95 points while Richard was 20th in the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.55, just 0.01 off his school record time of 22.54 that he set at Thursday’s Class M championship meet.
Jaremko finished 21st in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:48.95.
Avon’s 200-yard medley relay team, which took second at the Class M championships with a school record time of 1:40.97, also swam at the Open but they were disqualified when one swimmer was judged to have left too early. The relay team (Emery, Alex Traktovenko, Laura Pringle, Richard) had the first girl from Avon that qualified to swim at the State Open.