Greenwich girls swimming and diving team takes third in CIAC Opens

In head coach Dick Hawks’ final meet of his long and storied career as coach of the Greenwich High School girls swimming and diving team, the Cardinals finished the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference State Opens third overall.

Big Red finished the meet, held earlier today at the Yale University pool, with 335 points and was nearly 100 points ahead of Wilton High School (243.5). Overall, Darien High School reclaimed the state open championship with 497 points. New Canaan High School wasn’t far behind, finishing second overall with 411.5.

The Brien McMahon/Norwalk combined team grabbed the fifth spot with 225 points and was only four points ahead of Staples, as they finished sixth with 221 points. Rounding of the top seven team, all from the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference, was Ridgefield, as they grabbed 215 points.

In the 100-yard butterfly, Greenwich senior Christina Frias took home the bronze with a time of 57.94 seconds and just beat out Waterford junior Asia Langley, who took fourth with a time of 58.02.

Also finishing in third overall was senior Kin Hill, as the GHS senior competed in the 100-yard freestyle and netted a time of 52.56. Hill also battled in the 50-yard freestyle and touched the wall 11th with a time of 24.61. Joining Hill in the 50-yard freestyle was Isobel Walker, as the junior grabbed 13th overall and a time of 25.03.

Competing in the 200-yard individual medley, Big Red sophomore Brooke Collins took home a top 10 swim. Her time of 2:10.43 was good enough for sixth overall.

Another top 10 time came from senior Claire Baxter in the 500-yard freestyle, as she grabbed ninth overall with a time of 5:12.18. Not to be outdone in the event was freshman Olivia Hallisey, as she took 11th overall with a time of 5:12.46. Touching the wall next was senior Hollis Jomo, as she took 12th (5:12.77).

In the 100-yard breaststroke, senior Katie Evan and Collins finished in the top 15. Evan touched the wall 11th overall with a time of 1:08.60. Four finishers later was Collins, as she finished 15th and grabbed a time of 1:09.62.

The trio also competed in another event during Opens. In the 200-yard freestyle, Hallisey took 14th overall with a time of 1:57.44. Jomo was 17th in the event with a time of 1:58.51 and Baxter finished 22nd overall with a time of 1:59.45. Frias also competed in the 200-freestyle and grabbed 18th (1:59.23).

Big Red had solid performances in the relay events. Starting the day, the 200-yard medley relay team of Walker, Evans, Frias and Hill took the silver and were mere inches away from Darien, netting a time of 1:48.92. Darien won with a time of 1:48.26.

The Cardinals again placed second, this time in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Frias, Walker, Hill and junior Porter Carlson netted a time of 1:38.20 and barely got by McMahon/Norwalk, as they finished third with a time of 1:38.33.

To read more on Opens, check out Thursday’s Greenwich Post.

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