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Colin Machat double swim champion for Northampton

  • Ryan Manniello of South Hadley, front, swims beside Colin Machat of Northampton in the 200-yard freestyle Tuesday at Chicopee High School. Machat took first; Manniello placed third.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Ryan Manniello of South Hadley, front, swims beside Colin Machat of Northampton in the 200-yard freestyle Tuesday at Chicopee High School. Machat took first; Manniello placed third.
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  • Colin Machat of Northampton, left, shakes hands with Ryan Manniello of South Hadley Tuesday after Machat took a first place in the 200-yard freestyle. Manniello took third.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Colin Machat of Northampton, left, shakes hands with Ryan Manniello of South Hadley Tuesday after Machat took a first place in the 200-yard freestyle. Manniello took third.
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  • Aidan Winn of Northampton swims the 200-yard individual medley Tuesday at Chicopee High School. He took third place.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Aidan Winn of Northampton swims the 200-yard individual medley Tuesday at Chicopee High School. He took third place.
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  • Hunter Carkhuff of Amherst swims the 100-yard butterfly Tuesday at Chicopee High School. He took ninth place.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Hunter Carkhuff of Amherst swims the 100-yard butterfly Tuesday at Chicopee High School. He took ninth place.
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  • Marc Klepacki of Amherst swims the 100-yard butterfly Tuesday at Chicopee High School. He took a second place.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Marc Klepacki of Amherst swims the 100-yard butterfly Tuesday at Chicopee High School. He took a second place.
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  • Alan Tang of Amherst swims the 100-yard butterfly Tuesday at Chicopee High School. He took a third place.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Alan Tang of Amherst swims the 100-yard butterfly Tuesday at Chicopee High School. He took a third place.
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  • Colin Machat of Northampton smiles after receiving his medal for placing first in the 100-yard freestyle Tuesday at Chicopee High School.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Colin Machat of Northampton smiles after receiving his medal for placing first in the 100-yard freestyle Tuesday at Chicopee High School.
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  • Ciaran Dillon-Davidson of Amherst swims to a first place in the 500-yard freestyle Tuesday at Chicopee High School.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Ciaran Dillon-Davidson of Amherst swims to a first place in the 500-yard freestyle Tuesday at Chicopee High School.
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  • Ciaran Dillon-Davidson of Amherst swims to a first place in the 500-yard freestyle Tuesday at Chicopee High School.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Ciaran Dillon-Davidson of Amherst swims to a first place in the 500-yard freestyle Tuesday at Chicopee High School.
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  • Aidan Winn of Northampton swims the 200-yard individual medley Tuesday at Chicopee High School. He took third place.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Aidan Winn of Northampton swims the 200-yard individual medley Tuesday at Chicopee High School. He took third place.
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  • Ryan Manniello of South Hadley, front, swims beside Colin Machat of Northampton in the 200-yard freestyle Tuesday at Chicopee High School. Machat took first; Manniello placed third.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Colin Machat of Northampton, left, shakes hands with Ryan Manniello of South Hadley Tuesday after Machat took a first place in the 200-yard freestyle. Manniello took third.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Aidan Winn of Northampton swims the 200-yard individual medley Tuesday at Chicopee High School. He took third place.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Hunter Carkhuff of Amherst swims the 100-yard butterfly Tuesday at Chicopee High School. He took ninth place.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Marc Klepacki of Amherst swims the 100-yard butterfly Tuesday at Chicopee High School. He took a second place.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Alan Tang of Amherst swims the 100-yard butterfly Tuesday at Chicopee High School. He took a third place.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Colin Machat of Northampton smiles after receiving his medal for placing first in the 100-yard freestyle Tuesday at Chicopee High School.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Ciaran Dillon-Davidson of Amherst swims to a first place in the 500-yard freestyle Tuesday at Chicopee High School.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Ciaran Dillon-Davidson of Amherst swims to a first place in the 500-yard freestyle Tuesday at Chicopee High School.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Aidan Winn of Northampton swims the 200-yard individual medley Tuesday at Chicopee High School. He took third place.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

CHICOPEE — No one could have been happier than Colin Machat that the Western Massachusetts swimming championships were restored after the weekend cancellation.

The Northampton senior earned a pair of individual championships and a career award Tuesday evening at Chicopee High School.

Machat finished first in the 200-yard freestyle and 100 freestyle, making him one of three swimmers to take home two individual titles.

Toward the end of the meet, it was announced he won the High Point award for the senior who amassed the most points over his career at the sectional meet.

“I was determined, because it’s my senior year, to get that double win and shoot for the High Point,” he said. “It made us all very happy to have the meet put back on, for everyone to have a chance to swim.”

Machat concluded his western Mass. run with three individual titles, winning the 50 free last season.

Minnechaug ran away with its sixth consecutive sectional title with 345 team points. Westfield (288) earned the runner-up spot, while Amherst Regional (249.5) came in third.

Northampton (169) finished fourth, Belchertown (108) was ninth, South Hadley (38) was 17th and Easthampton (16) 21st.

In a high-profile early event, Machat went head-to-head with fellow top-three seeds Ciaran Dillon-Davidson of Amherst and South Hadley’s Ryan Manniello.

Through the first 150 yards, Dillon-Davidson stayed within a second of Machat, who lengthened his lead over the home stretch and finished first at 1 minute, 45.88 seconds. Dillon-Davidson (1:47.11) was second and Manniello (1:49.49) third.

“In the 200 free I wanted to go for our school record, but I came up a little short,” said Machat. “I’m very happy with my time and the win. I knew my competition would by Ciaran and Ryan, which brought out the best in me. It’s a different mindset in this meet, because everyone’s going to be shaved and tapered going for wins.”

In the second-closest race of the meet, Machat (48.31) edged out Taconic’s George Sommerville (48.46) by 0.15 seconds to take the 100 free.

“George and I have been swimming against each other for a few years now, and every year it seems to come down to hundredths of a second,” Machat said. “I knew this would be no different, so I needed my absolute best effort.”

Machat’s success came despite not having his biggest cheerleaders in the stands because of the no spectator policy.

“It was different, because usually I’d go see my parents and talk to them, which always encouraged me,” he said. “But that’s something I’ll have to get used to going into college, so this was probably a good learning experience.”

Also for Hamp, Aidan Winn came in third (2:06.89) in the 200 IM, while the 200 and 400 free relay teams of Reeves Connolly, James Connolly, Winn and Machat finished fourth.

Dillon-Davidson also enjoyed an outstanding meet, repeating as champion in the 500 free and swimming the anchor leg of the Hurricanes’ winning 400 free relay team.

He assumed control of the 500 free at about the midway point and came in at 4:50.41, shaving nearly four seconds off his winning time (4:54.3) in the 2012 meet.

“After the second in the 200 free, I was very motivated to win that 500 free and take a title home,” he said.

“Ciaran’s extremely talented and he keeps getting better,” Amherst coach Keith McFarland said. “I expect him to perform better at states than he did (Tuesday) and better next year.”

The 400 free relay proved to be a thrilling conclusion to the meet. Top-seeded Amherst was a few strokes behind Westfield when Dillon-Davidson hit the water. He caught up then took the lead over the final lap.

“We really wanted to win that being the top seed, and we were nervous because of the strong competition,” Dillon-Davidson said. “I just thought about swimming my fastest, and it was different because I don’t think we’ve ever been down going into my leg.”

Amherst’s team of Marc Klepacki, Eric Chen, Alan Tang and Dillon-Davidson had a time of 3:22.17. That quartet also came in third (1:43.33) in the 200 medley relay.

The 400 free “was a really nice way to finish, and it was a gutsy swim because we kept falling behind,” said McFarland.

Both Klepacki and Tang earned 32.5 points apiece for Amherst. They tied for second in the 100 fly at 55.14. Klepacki came in third in the 50 free at 22.78, and Tang placed third in the 100 breast at 1:03.9.

The Hurricanes swam with extra inspiration on Tuesday after the Amherst girls were denied the opportunity to compete in Monday’s girls meet.

“In this meet we wanted to swim for ourselves and also our girls, so we’re glad to be able to pull out a good meet,” Dillon-Davidson said.

With only two seniors set to graduate, the boys team will return a deep and talented squad next year in hopes of claiming a sectional crown.

“We’re pretty young and just about the whole team’s coming back,” said McFarland. “Third was pretty much where I thought we could finish, so it’s a good showing.”

Manniello earned third-place finishes in both the 200 free (1:49.49) and 500 free (5:04.27). Matthew Quinney of Belchertown placed fifth in the 200 IM, and he teamed with Andrew Burns, Sam Scudere-Weiss and Robbie Lewis for fifth in the 400 free relay.

Michael Wilkinson can be reached at mwilkinson@gazettenet.com. Follow him on Twitter @mjwilk1237.

Western Massachusetts Boys Swimming Championship

at Chicopee High, Tuesday

Team standings

1. Minnechaug, 345

2. Westfield, 288

3. Amherst Regional, 249.5

4. Northampton, 169

9. Belchertown, 108

17. South Hadley, 38

21. Easthampton, 16

Winners and locals in top 16

200 medley relay

1. Westfield, 1:41.65

3. Amherst (Marc Klepacki, Alan Tang, Ciaran Dillon-Davidson, Eric Chen), 1:43.33

9. Belchertown (Matthew Quinney, Shon Choi, Robbie Lewis, Andrew Burns), 1:53.56

14. Easthampton (Cody Payson, Brandon Cross, William Sullivan, Sam Gigas), 2:00.75

200 freestyle

1. Colin Machat (N), 1:45.88

2. Ciaran Dillon-Davidson (A), 1:47.11

3. Ryan Manniello (SH), 1:49.49

9. Reeves Connolly (N), 1:55.89

13. Sam Scudere-Weiss (B), 2:01.69

14. Donovan Smith (A), 2:01.85

15. James Connolly (N), 2:02.0

16. Dominik Doemer (A), 2:03.23

200 individual medley

1. Tommy Normoyle (Minnechaug), 1:58.61

3. Aidan Winn (N), 2:06.89

5. Matthew Quinney (B), 2:10.28

6. Robbie Lewis (B), 2:12.16

13. Calvin Lin (A), 2:24.3

50 freestyle

1. Jimmy Stinehart (Westfield), 21.95

3. Marc Klepacki (A), 22.78

T7. Eric Chen (A), 23.84

16. Andrew Burns (B), 24.66

100 butterfly

1. Aaron Szczepanek (Palmer), 51.69

T2. Alan Tang (A), 55.14

T2. Marc Klepacki (A), 55.14

7. Robbie Lewis (B), 59.31

9. Hunter Carkhuff (A), 1:02.03

15. William Sullivan (E), 1:04.02

100 freestyle

1. Colin Machat (N), 48.31

8. Eric Chen (A), 52.1

13. Andrew Burns (B), 54.71

16. Dominik Doemer (A), 55.63

500 freestyle

1. Ciaran Dillon-Davidson (A), 4:50.41

3. Ryan Manniello (SH), 5:04.27

6. Reeves Connolly (N), 5:13.11

10. Sam Scudere-Weiss (B), 5:32.5

11. Donovan Smith (A), 5:33.91

15. Samson Braun (A), 5:41.38

16. James Connolly (N), 5:47.91

200 freestyle relay

1. Palmer, 1:34.51

4. Northampton (Reeves Connolly, James Connolly, Aidan Winn, Colin Machat), 1:36.87

9. Amherst (Calvin Lin, Donovan Smith, Samson Braun, Dominik Doemer), 1:41.24

13. Easthampton (Sam Gigas, Cody Payson, Cameron Greene, Ryan Revaz), 1:44.72

14. South Hadley (Ryan Manniello, Dante Pio, James Stawarz, Michael Miele), 1:44.77

100 backstroke

1. Aaron Szczepanek (Palmer), 53.74

6. Aidan Winn (N), 57.99

10. Matthew Quinney (B), 1:00.84

11. Hunter Carkhuff (A), 1:01.56

100 breaststroke

1. Tommy Normoyle (Minnechaug), 58.27

3. Alan Tang (A), 1:03.9

14. Calvin Lin (A), 1:11.19

400 freestyle relay

1. Amherst (Marc Klepacki, Eric Chen, Alan Tang, Ciaran Dillon-Davidson), 3:22.17

4. Northampton (Reeves Connolly, James Connolly, Aidan Winn, Colin Machat), 3:33.39

5. Belchertown (Andrew Burns, Sam Scudere-Weiss, Robbie Lewis, Matthew Quinney), 3:39.35

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