Greenwich High swimming and diving team dominates FCIAC finals

Greenwich High School senior Alex Lewis competes during the FCIAC championships. Big Red won the FCIAC title and Lewis was named FCIAC Swimmer of the Year. — Dave Stewart photo

Greenwich High School senior Alex Lewis competes during the FCIAC championships. Big Red won the FCIAC title and Lewis was named FCIAC Swimmer of the Year. — Dave Stewart photo

The Greenwich High School boys swimming and diving team made it look easy during Thursday night’s Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference championship meet.

Breaking numerous records and looking strong from start to finish, the Cardinals came away with the FCIAC championship with 512 points.

“There was very little to complain about here,” Greenwich High head coach Terry Lowe said. “The relays were wonderful and started off with a record. They finished really strong too. Individually we had so many good swims. We broke records with our core swimmers and our younger swimmers were really strong. It was great to see.”

The next closest team was Staples High School, which took second place with 327 points. Darien High School finished with the bronze with 288 points, while Wilton High School finished fourth with 244 points. Rounding out the top five was New Canaan High School, which netted 197.5 points.

“It’s our first championship meet and obviously we all felt really good in the pool tonight,” senior Alex Lewis said. “We had such a good performance as a team and it was a great way to get things going all the way around. We had great swims, record performances and I couldn’t be happier.”

Greenwich High's Andrew Stotesbery competes in the 200-yard freestyle during Thursday's FCIAC championship meet. — Dave Stewart photo

Greenwich High’s Andrew Stotesbery competes in the 200-yard freestyle during Thursday’s FCIAC championship meet. — Dave Stewart photo

Throughout the meet, nobody was better than senior Alex Lewis. Breaking two individual conference records and one team event, Lewis was named the FCIAC Swimmer of the Year.

“I am super excited and thrilled with how I did,” Lewis said. “I’m actually doing the 100-free in States, so this was the only time I was going to do the 100-fly. I went for it because I wanted that school record. What makes what I did that much better was that I was on the podium with my teammates. As a senior, I’m going to miss this year next year, but it’s been a great run and I’m happy to end it the way I did.”

In the 100-yard butterfly event, Lewis touched the wall first with an FCIAC record time of 49.04 seconds. Wilton’s Tommy Kealy was second, a full second behind Lewis. Taking to the pool in the 100-yard breaststroke, Lewis yet again smashed the conference record, finishing first with a time of 50.77 and was a second quicker than teammate Jack Montesi, who grabbed second with a time of 51.87.

“He really stepped up,” Lowe said. “He had goals in mind and did a great job achieving them. He probably isn’t going to swim the 100-fly in States, so this was his chance to get the school record and FCIAC record. He did really well and had an outstanding night. He really wanted those records.”

Lewis started the night in grand fashion, as the senior, along with junior Iain Edmundson, sophomore Montesi and junior Ed Moss competed in the 200-yard medley relay and took home first with a time of 1:35.27. The foursome was close to five seconds quicker than Wilton’s second place team.

Another stellar performance came from junior Thomas Dillinger. Competing in the 200-yard individual medley, Dillinger smashed the FCIAC record and was just under six seconds ahead of the second place swimmer. He touched the wall with a time of 1:50.85 and was six seconds ahead of his trials time.

In the longest event of the day, the 500-yard freestyle event, Dillinger finished second overall, netting a time of 4:39.32. Only Jonathan Blansfield of Staples had a better time, as he grabbed top honors with a time of 4:35.35.

Dillinger, along with senior Ben Wurst, senior Andrew Stotesbery and Lewis, took part of the 400-yard freestyle relay, as the foursome easily took first overall with a time of 3:13.59. Staples took second with a time of 3:18.08 and Wilton finished with the bronze with a time of 3:18.41.

Big Red also had other solid performance that earned the swimmers top honors. In the 50-yard freestyle, Moss grabbed the gold, touching the wall first with a time of 21.36. Although Wilton’s Kealy finished second (21.48), Greenwich was still well-represented in the event, as senior Julian Fraser took third with a time of 22.25, senior Taylor Moore grabbed sixth overall with a time of 22.63 and sophomore Nicholas Hyden took seventh (22.78).

Moss was also highly successful in the 100-yard freestyle, as he took second overall with a time of 48.91 and was only two seconds behind New Canaan standout swimmer Thomas Dunstan.

“I think we all performed really well,” Moss said. “We had a lot of great times and broke a lot of records. I performed pretty well and overall I think we had a top performance. We knew we were going to do well and we stayed focused throughout the meet.”

In addition to Lewis’ performance in the 100-yard backstroke, Big Red grabbed more points in the event. Montesi was outstanding in the event, finishing second overall with a time of 51.87. Not to be outdone was Stotesbery, who finished fifth with a time of 56.02.

In the 100-yard breaststroke, Edmundson finished the event with the silver, touching the wall with a time of 1:00.92 and was less than a second away from Stefan Pla’s top time of 1:00.06. Edmundson also competed in the 200-yard individual medley and took home a third place time of 1:59.06.

Earlier in the week, the Greenwich High School diving team took part in the FCIAC diving championships. Big Red was led by Andrew Bologna, who finished fourth overall with 399.65 points. Not far behind was Justin Sodokoff, who took fifth overall with 397.65 points.

Another top 10 diver for Greenwich was Jeff Aselin who took seventh overall with 368.95 points. Rounding out the GHS divers was Riccardo Marcangeli, who took 14th overall with 252.30.

“It was a joy to watch everybody tonight,” Lowe said. “I couldn’t be happier for all swimmers on the team.”

To read more on the FCIAC championship meet and to see a preview of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference class LL finals, check out Thursday’s Greenwich Post.

 

 

 

 

 

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