Published November 15. 2012 4:00AM
Middletown - Jessica Hespeler, a Ledyard High School senior, won the Class M state swimming championship in the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 51.78 seconds and was third in the 100 freestyle in 52.17 on Tuesday night at Wesleyan University.
East Lyme finished fifth with 324 points and Fitch was ninth with 245 points, with each team placing two relays in the top six. Ledyard was 15th with 145.
Fitch finished fourth in the 200 medley relay in 1:57.74, with the team of Sarah Ferguson, Madison Terminesi, Grace Moriarty and Jackie Kokomoor. Ferguson, Moriarty and Kokomoor were joined by Mikaela Dimaapi to place fifth in the 200 free relay in 1:44.01.
East Lyme's Meghan Volberg, Ugne Kirvelevicius, Tori Poole and Emma Magna were sixth in the medley relay in 2:00.15 and Magna, Delia Terry, Rachel Mauthe and Melinda Wei teamed to finish sixth in the 400 free relay in 3:51.91.
For Fitch, Ferguson was fifth in the 100 backstroke in 1:03.28, Moriarty seventh in the 200 free (2:00.61) and seventh in the 100 butterfly (1:01.72) and Kokomoor eighth in the 100 free (56.02).
Kirvelevicius was seventh in the 100 breaststroke in 1:13.19 for East Lyme.
College men's basketball
• Duane Notice scored 20 points as St. Thomas More opened its season with a 79-64 win over Redemption Christian Academy. Gabe Levin scored 18 and Marquise Moore had 10 points for St. Thomas More.
H.S. field hockey
• Stonington, the No. 6 seed, will play No. 4 Haddam-Killingworth in the Class S state championship game at 2 p.m. Saturday at Wethersfield High School, the CIAC announced Wednesday night. Stonington (15-4) is playing for the program's first state championship since 1987. The Bears lost to H-K during the regular season, 1-0 in overtime. They reached the championship game by toppling No. 2 Immaculate of Danbury in Tuesday night's semifinal game, 3-0.
• Jill Bartlett and Kayla Fobian of East Lyme will participate in the Senior Girls' Volleyball All-Star Game on Monday at Plainville High School (7 p.m.) Bartlett and Fobian were two of 26 seniors chosen to participate in the game and will play for the Red Team, for which East Lyme's Jack Biggs will also serve as one of the coaches.