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Year in Review: 2012's Biggest Sports Wins

2012 was a year of first firsts, fifth firsts and a number of notable accomplishments from Brookfield's youth.

Girls Swimming Racks Up Best Season Ever

For the Brookfield High School (BHS) girls swimming and diving team, 2012 will be a season to remember. Under Coach Brandt Nigro, the Bobcats posted their finest season in school history, with a first-ever first place finish in the SWC Championship followed by a runner up finish in the Class M State Championships. Along the way, senior and captain Maddy Smart broke two SWC records (both of which she held previously) in the 50 and 100 Freestyle and was named the SWC “Swimmer of the Meet” for the third time in her high school career.

Dancers Take Home Fifth Consecutive Title

On March 3, the BHS Dance Team competed in the CIAC State Championships and brought home a first place title for the fifth consecutive year under the direction of Coaches Linda Davies and Deanne Petriccione. The team, made up of 17 girls, competed against 10 other teams in the Hip-Hop category, where they took first place, and nine others in Jazz, where they took home the second place title.

Wrestlers Make a Name Despite Small Numbers

The Bobcats’ season record on the scoreboard may have looked anemic, but on the mat individual Brookfield wrestlers threw down, with senior captain Jack McKeever going undefeated all year and taking first place at the State Championship in February. Fellow senior captain Joel Wamser took first place in his own weight class during the SWC Championship meet the week before and the entire team, though small, made new coach Mario Bonito proud.

Boys Swimming Bests Rival Pomperaug for SWC Title

Facing five-time perennial favorite Pomperaug in the SWC Championship, BHS and its 20 team members . And to even make the meet more dramatic, as if it needed it, it would come down to the last relay and the last lap, as well with Brookfield’s Jeff Magin closing out with what would become a school and meet record in the 400 Freestyle Relay.

Brookfielder Shows in U.S. Snowshoe Championship

And a bit off the snowpath, BHS grad and Paul Smith’s College student Christopher Peterson competed in the U.S. Snowshoe National Championships, placing second and fourth in the 4x2.5-kilometer relay and 10-kilometer race, respectively.

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