Published November 12. 2012 4:00AM Updated November 13. 2012 12:25PM
Photo courtesy of Susan Waide
Drew Donlan (Haddam), Brooke Perrotta (Killingworth), Caitlin McNary (Westbrook), Meredith Hird (Watertown), James Whaley (Deep River), and Mason Revis (Higganum) make up a group of CAT swimmers that recently placed at the annual SONOCO Pentathlon last month.
Six Cougar Aquatic Team (CAT) swimmers won trophies at the annual SONOCO Pentathlon swim meet held at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain on Oct. 21. Thirty-eight CAT swimmers competed in five events with their overall scores determining the award winners.
CAT's first-place winners were Killingworth's Brooke Perrotta for the 13/14 girls' age group and Meredith Hird (Watertown) for the 15/18 girls' age group. Second-place winners were James Whaley (Deep River) for the 13/14-year-old boys, Caitlin McNary (Westbrook) for the 13/14-year-old girls, and Drew Donlan (Haddam) for the 10-U age group. Mason Revis (Higganum) placed third in the 15/18-year-old age group.
"The team performed well at its first competition this season," said Head Coach Mike Krajewski. "We had some great swims from the veterans and some surprises from the rookies. Many of the kids have set tough goals this season and this meet was a good indicator of their dedication to be successful in achieving those goals."
The Cougar Aquatic Team (CAT), founded in 1985, is a recognized USA swim team that practices at the Haddam-Killingworth High School pool. CAT competes at several locations and colleges around Connecticut and New England. Under the sponsorship of the Haddam-Killingworth Recreation Department, CAT provides competitive training programs where individual needs and goals are given careful consideration. Swimmers are grouped based on ability, age, and objectives. Practices are available seven days a week with incorporated dry land training (strength training and exercises outside of the water), as well as periodic specialized clinics. CAT is open to swimmers with the desire and determination to succeed in a sport strongly dominated by outstanding student athletes. For more information go to www.catswim.com. Information courtesy of Susan Waide