Published March 17. 2013 4:00AM
New Haven - Fitch High School's Christian Berg finished second in the 100-yard backstroke at the State Open in a personal-best 50.44 seconds Saturday, narrowly missing the automatic qualifying time (50.32) to receive All-America honors.
Berg's time is still fast enough to receive All-America consideration. The top 100 finishers in the nation will receive All-America distinction. The list begins with the automatic qualifers and moves to the next fastest times.
Berg was also third in the 200 freestyle in 1:42.02, earning all-state honors in both his events in front of an audience at Yale University which included his parents Ken and Deb and sisters Jessica and Alivia. Alivia, a former high school All-America swimmer at Fitch, flew in from the Air Force Academy in Colorado where she is a student.
"We strategized for him to get the win. He tapered for it," said Ken Berg, the Fitch coach. "He did everything right. The other kid was just a little bit sharper."
Ken Berg said his son might have been a litle bit nervous.
"They're young and that's how you are when you're young," the coach said. "It's states, it's got the stigma. It's a big deal. ... If he gets All-America, that's huge for me."
Berg won the backstroke earlier this week at the Class M state championship in a meet record 51.45 seconds.
Greenwich won the State Open with 609.5 points. East Lyme was the top local finisher, 20th with 83.5 points. Fitch was 29th with 49 points.
Berg, a senior headed next year to Southern Connecticut State University, was the runner-up in the backstroke to Alexander Lewis of Greenwich, who set a State Open record and All-America automatic qualifying time of 50.17.
East Lyme's top finish came from the 200 freestyle relay team of Adam Opsahl, Eric Stirtan, Clayton Otter and Sam Magna, ninth in 1:30.18.
• UConn-Avery Point won a pair of games at Vero Beach, Fla., beating Miami of Ohio-Middletown 18-4 and the Ontario Blue Jays 4-3 in 10 innings. The two victories gave coach Roger Bidwell 900 at Avery Point.
Against the Blue Jays, Tyler Tavares scored on a two-out double by Nick DeLotto in the top of the 10th. Shawn Nadeau (2-0) was the winner in relief and Alex Miller and Connor Buckley had two hits each.
Matt Martinez was 5-for-5 with three RBI and five runs scored against Miami-Middletown. Bryan Rivera (three runs, two RBI), Pat Rogers (three RBI) and Alex LeFevre had three hits each for Avery Point (4-1).
• Middlebury scored six straight goals to end the game, handing 15th-ranked Connecticut College its first loss, 11-4, in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Jon Broome had three goals and an assist for the Panthers (3-0, 2-0). Andrew Freedman, Briggs Barton, Pat Leary and Chad Sawyer scored for the Camels (2-1, 2-1).
• Fifth-ranked Middlebury beat Conn College 18-3 in the NESCAC. With the score tied 2-2, the Panthers (2-0, 2-0) scored nine straight goals to break it open. Bri Miller, Lowell Abbott and Taylor Thomas scored for the Camels (1-3, 0-3).
• Coast Guard Academy sophomore Nate Giorgio finished 1-2 at the NCAA Division III tournament. Giorgio, the second seed at 125 pounds, followed up a 5-2 loss to Ursinus' Christopher Donaldson with a 17-0 technical fall win over Springfield's Tom Casper. He was eliminated in a 2-0 decision to Mike Fuenffinger from Augsburg.
Women's water polo
Conn College dropped two matches, losing to host Hartwick 14-5 and Brown 19-10. Nicky Jasbon had five goals, six steals and one block while Kelsey Millward had three goals and five steals and Kate Jacobson added four goals and two assists in two matches for the Camels.
• Conn College earned a 7-2 victory against Principia College on Friday in Bel Air, Calif. Alexis DiTomassi and Jen Herbert of Pawcatuck posted victories at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively, and also combined for a win at No. 1 doubles for the Camels (1-3).