Now onto the fourth segment of CIACsports.com’s look at the best championship moments from the CIAC Network in the past year. Parts 1 & 2 tackled the fall season, and part 3 opened the look at the winter. Here is the remainder of the championships available in the winter, including one moment that was likely one of the first that came to mind for fans when this project was announced.
For fans that closely monitor CIAC championships, the announcement of this project to highlight the best championship moments likely brought one game to mind. The class LL girls basketball final at Mohegan Sun was an all-time classic, and featured one of the wildest endings imaginable. In reality, it was two great and stunning moments, with the second coming right on the heels of the first. Without much further comment, here are the two plays in question, only to add that these plays and atmosphere, and sportsmanship shown by both teams is about as good as high school sports get.
BOYS SWIMMING & DIVING:
Like the girls swimming and diving open with so many events it can be a challenge to pick just one. In this case, among the many great individual performances was the standout effort of Berlin senior Dan Klotz who came away with a pair of event wins. And just in case winning a pair of events wasn’t good enough, his second victory provided fans with a record-breaking performance.
Not to be outdone, the relay teams from meet champions Greenwich and runners-up Fairfield Prep decided that having one team break a record was kind of boring. So the teams staged a thrilling duel that ended with a remarkable finish in the 200 freestyle relay.
The gymnastics State Open provided plenty of drama, particularly in the individual all-around competition. Woodstock comfortably claimed the team title at the meet, but the individual all-around was neck-and-neck throughout the day, ultimately ending with Erin Malone of Southington and Samantha Lemire of HHOS Coop tying for the gold medal, with Megan McNeil of Stonington finishing just .20 behind them. The gold-medal duo had the top individual event scores of the competition and while the CIAC Network footage does not include all of the footage from the day, it does have the top two finishers providing some of their strong moments from the day.