Traditionally one of the powers in the South-West Conference, Brookfield's boys' swimming and diving team remains one of the top teams, but Masuk defeated the Bobcats for the first time in program history when the teams met in Monroe on January 28.
Final score: Masuk 106, Brookfield 80.
"The boys have been working incredibly hard and deserved everything they got. We had the opportunity to go up against a consistently strong team year after year thanks to Coach Brian Reiff," Masuk Coach Paul Marchese said.
"A large part of why they performed so well was the support of the parents and the student body. The team fed off that energy and it boosted their confidence for sure. This was our program's first win against Brookfield and the coaches are excited to see what the future holds for them," Marchese added.
The Panthers are the only unbeaten team in the conference other than Pomperaug — which has won seven titles in a row. Those teams square off at Masuk's pool on February 11 at 4 pm by the way.
Masuk claimed first place in all but one of the swimming events in the Brookfield meet. The Bobcats' depth kept things close for much of the meet but Masuk's dominance in winning events allowed the hosts to pull away.
Masuk's 200 yard medley relay team of Will Briand, Ryan Cammarano, Mike Aiello and Matt Hull was first in a time of 1:44.13.
Joey Nizzardo won the 200 freestyle race in 1:49.65. Aiello captured first in the 200 individual medley, making his final touch in 2:05.87. Hull was tops in the 50 free with a time of 22.51.
Aiello was first in the 100 butterfly event in 54.40. Briand took the top spot in the 100 free in 49.70. Nizzardo outdid the competition in the 500, finishing in 4:47.05.
There were some down to the wire races in this meet.
Masuk's 200 free relay of Kyle McPadden, Cammarano, Nizzardo and Ken Clark was first in 1:37.97, edging Brookfield's relay by less than a second.
Briand won the 100 backstroke race in 59.95, only about a second quicker than Brookfield's top competitor in the event.
Brookfield's Leonardo Tamer was first in the 100 breaststroke event, finishing in 1:07.06.
The Panthers were first in the 400 relay as the team of Hull, Clark, Aiello and Nizzardo clocked in at 3:31.17.
Masuk visits New Fairfield Tuesday, February 4 for a 4 pm clash.