Holy Cross boys swimming and diving again took aim at a an elusive Class S state championship on Wednesday at the Cornerstone Aquatic Center in West Hartford.
For the fourth straight season, the Crusaders came in second place. It was the second year in a row that Holy Cross was second to Brookfield. In the previous two years, it was Weston who claimed the top spot in Class S.
Holy Cross took runner-up with 575 team points. Brookfield had 630, and Sacred Heart was sixth overall with 236.
The Crusaders got off to a great start, winning the 200-yard medley relay behind the team of senior Lucas Racevicius and juniors Ben Bowler, John Tucker and Sam Mason. Racevicius had another win in the 200 IM, and senior teammate Chris Fryer was second. Mason won the 50 freestyle and Tucker captured the top spot in the 100 freestyle. Holy Cross also won the 200 freestyle relay behind the team of Fryer, Bowler, junior Alex Ford and junior Chris Ford.
The Crusaders finished the night with a win in the 400 freestyle relay. The swimmers in that race were Racevicius, Mason, Tucker and Fryer.
Brookfield didn't win an event, but picked up enough points throughout the meet to overtake Holy Cross.
Sacred Heart senior Dan Walsh closed out his time competing in Class S with a third straight championship in the 200 freestyle. Walsh finished third in the 500 freestyle.
Fryer was second in the 200 IM and Lucas Racevicius took second in the 100 backstroke. Marcas Racevicius was third in diving earlier in the week, and Mason took third in the 100 freestyle.
In Class M, Kaynor Tech junior Matheus Silva was fourth in diving. Kennedy had two relays add up to 22 team points in Class L. The Bristol Co-op and Crosby/WCA both competed in Class LL.
Holy Cross has the most top qualifiers among area teams. Mason and Lucas Racevicius are No. 5 seeds in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke. The 400 freestyle relay of Lucas Racevicius, Mason, Tucker and Fryer is seeded fifth. Tucker is seeded eighth in the 100 butterfly.