Greenwich boys swimming and diving team takes CIAC state open title

The triple crown is complete for the Greenwich High School boys swimming and diving team.

After dominating the competition during the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference and the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference class LL meet, Big Red had their eyes on capturing the state open championship, which was held earlier today at the Yale University pool.

Although the Cards didn’t have the same dominating swim meet as they did a few days earlier at the class LL meet, Greenwich was able to muscle its way to the top of the scoreboard, winning the open championship with 609.5 points.

“It has just been a great team to work with all year,” Greenwich High School head coach Terry Lowe said. “They worked hard and it was nice to have a target. Fairfield Prep had a great season and they were also coming back with almost everybody from last year. They were in our sights all season. We had our greatest dual meet in about 10 years against them and we had to really turn on the jets at LLs to have an emphatic victory and maybe the best LL meet I’ve seen in a really long time. Not surprisingly today was a little uneven, but when it came down to it, we won all three relays and had great swims.”

Greenwich’s main rival, Fairfield Prep, was a distant second, netting 426.5 points. Pomperaug High School finished third with 298 points and Brookfield took fourth with 292 points. Rounding out the top five was Wilton, who finished fifth with 264.5. Fellow FCIAC school New Canaan grabbed sixth with 190 points.

“This team has meant a lot to me for the past couple of years and I think that we proved that this was the victory that we’ve been training for,” senior Tim Hardman said. “Everybody has been working really hard and that has paid off. This is awesome seeing everybody swim so well.”

Big Red had two individual finishers grab the top spot in the open finals. During the 100-yard backstroke, junior Alexander Lewis took to the pool and beat out Fitch’s Christian Berg for first with a time of 50.17 seconds. That time was also good enough for the state open meet record, which was held by Joel Barlow’s Michael Pilyugin with  a time of 50.21, back in 2012. Lewis’ teammate John Montesi, a freshman, took third in the event with a time of 52.05.

“This was definitely sweet for us,” Lewis said. “Not everybody had best times, but the ultimate outcome is a win and that’s exactly what we did today. I couldn’t be any happier. This was such an honor. This program has had a lot of fantastic swim teams and this definitely puts us in the ranks of the top 10 ever.”

Earlier in the meet, GHS sophomore Edward Moss was in another epic battle with Fairfield Prep’s Bjorn Davis in the 50-yard freestyle event. Earlier in the week at the class LL meet, both swimmers tied or first. Yet again those two were battling throughout the event, however this time it was Moss who barely came out on top, taking home the top time of 21.21. Bjorn grabbed the silver with a time of 21.23.

When it came to the relays, Greenwich kind of came away with a sweep of all three relays. Although they easily won the 400-yard freestyle relay and the 200-yard medley relays, the Cards and Jesuits were once again neck-in-neck in the 200-yard freestyle relay. When the dust settled, Prep and the GHS foursome of senior Tim Hardman, junior Julian Fraser and sophomores Moss and Thomas Dillinger, both teams touched the wall first with a new state record time of 1:34.81.

Just like they did in the class LL meet up at Wesleyan, the group of Lewis, sophomore Iain Edmundson, Fraser and Moss started the day in the 200-yard medley relay and grabbed a gold medal time of 1:34.76. Prep took second and were nearly two seconds behind.

Int he 400-yard freestyle relay, the GHS team of junior Ben Wurst, senior Matthew Fraser, Lewis and Dillinger crushed the competition and finished first overall with a time of 3:07.96, close to three seconds faster than the second place team.

To read how other members of the Greenwich High School swimming and diving team fared during the CIAC state open championship meet and to hear what players and Lowe had to say about their perfect season, check out Thursday’s Greenwich Post.

 

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