Cards blitz competition at FCIAC swim finals

Greenwich High School’s Thomas Dillinger competes in the 500-yard freestyle event during last Thursday’s FCIAC championship meet at the GHS pool. — Dave Stewart photo

Greenwich High School’s Thomas Dillinger competes in the 500-yard freestyle event during last Thursday’s FCIAC championship meet at the GHS pool. — Dave Stewart photo

It was, quite simply, business as usual for the Greenwich High School swim team.

For the sixth consecutive season and the 42nd time in 43 years, the Cardinals ruled the FCIAC, as they racked up 471 points to capture the conference championship last Thursday at the GHS pool.

It was a banner night for the Cards, who won five events, including all three relays, and saw junior co-captain Alex Lewis break his own conference record in the 100 backstroke.

“It was a lot of fun,” Lewis said. “As captain, you see things differently. I looked around and everyone was having solid swims in every event. There were some disappointments, but overall, everyone swam well and I couldn’t be happier. It’s the hard work that I see in practices and now in the pool, too, and that’s paying off.”

Greenwich won the championship by nearly 200 points, as New Canaan was a distant second with 289, and Wilton was third with 275.

For the Cardinals, the meet was a launching pad into the postseason and their true targets: Fairfield Prep and the Class LL and State Open meets.

“They’re definitely focused on Prep and the LLs, and this is a step in the right direction,” head coach Terry Lowe said. “We had some of the type of times today that will help us, but we know that we can’t rely solely on our core group. We have to expand and have help from three or four other kids if we really want to handle a team that’s as good as Prep. I think we have plenty left in the tank for a lot of people as we move on to LLs and the Open meets. But we know it’s going to be fiercely competitive.”

Greenwich High School’s Taylor Moor races in the 100-yard freestyle event during last week’s FCIAC championship meet. — Dave Stewart photo

Greenwich High School’s Taylor Moor races in the 100-yard freestyle event during last week’s FCIAC championship meet. — Dave Stewart photo

Lewis, who had a runner-up finish in the 100 butterfly and led off the winning 200 medley relay, was named the co-MVP of the meet alongside Jonathon Blansfield of Staples.

Lewis won the 100 backstroke in 51.65 seconds, breaking the FCIAC record of 51.84 which was set last year by Nathanial Boley of Staples. He swam a 53.47 at last Tuesday’s preliminaries, and Lowe said the swimmer was looking to better that time.

“Alex was a little unhappy with his trials and I said it’s a different year,” Lowe said. “You don’t have someone to really push you in the backstroke. He was determined to try make a dramatic improvement today in the backstroke, and not only did he break the county record, he broke the school record. He’s really in a good position to improve on that record even more.”

Greenwich kicked off the meet with a victory, as Lewis, Andrew Stotesbery, Julian Fraser, and Edward Moss won the 200 medley relay in 1:38.03, with New Canaan second in 1:40.33.

Sophomore Thomas Dillinger, who also had an outstanding meet, won the 200 freestyle in 1:42.33, beating Blansfield’s time of 1:43.08.

Moss took the runner-up spot in the 50 freestyle, finishing in 21.80, while Wilton’s Tommy Kealy was first in 21.73.

The Cardinals took two of the top three spots in the 100 fly, as Lewis was second in 51.94, and Jack Montesi was third in 52.47.

Moss then added a third-place finish in the 100 freestyle with a time of 49.07.

Dillinger took the third spot in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:39.42 in a highly-competitive race. Blansfield set an FCIAC record of 4:35.98, while Wilton’s Stephen Holmquist was second in 4:39.30.

“To have him go 4:39, which is a lifetime best for him, is very pleasing,” Lowe said of Dillinger’s performance. “On top of that, he came back and did a great job in both the 200 and 400 free relays for us. He’s got that heart to fight to the end.”

The 200 freestyle relay was next, as Greenwich’s Julian and Matthew Fraser teamed with Dillinger and Moss to take first place in 1:29.12.

Lewis and Montesi went one-two in the 100 backstroke, with Lewis winning and Montesi second in 53.28.

Greenwich capped the championship with a win in the 400 freestyle relay, as Tim Hardman, Matthew Fraser, Lewis and Dillinger finished in 3:14.98, beating Wilton’s 3:16.01 for the top spot.

“A lot of people stood up today and did their jobs, and we had a lot of great races,” Lewis said.  “It’s definitely a good primer for how we’re going to do at LLs and Opens. My freshman year we won the triple crown — FCIACs, LLs, and Opens — and I’d definitely like to get something similar to that again and hopefully all three. That would be a great experience for me as a captain.”

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