Rocky Point wins FCSL, Greenwich clubs fare well at swim meet

Innis Arden’s Claire Michalik competes in the 50-meter backstroke during the FCSL championship meet. — Dave Stewart photo

Innis Arden’s Claire Michalik competes in the 50-meter backstroke during the FCSL championship meet. — Dave Stewart photo

For the third time in as many years, the Greenwich-based Rocky Point Marlins finished the summer in grand fashion, as they upended Stamford-based Roxbury Swim & Tennis and claimed yet another Fairfield County Swimming League.

“We really didn’t think that we were going to be in the running for it this year,” Rocky Point head coach Terry Lowe said. “We weren’t sure if we were good enough to hold onto the title, but we qualified fairly well although a lot of our kids didn’t qualify with their best time.”

While the Marlins and Roxbury separated themselves from the field, it was Rocky Point that took home top honors by picking up 1,142.50 points. Roxbury was second with 1,070.50 points. In distant third was Norwalk-based Shore & Country Club, as the scored 811 points.

“Because of the way we qualified, I think we left ourselves room to improve and we got psyched up for a really good meet on Saturday,” Lowe said. “We stepped it up and had a lot of people pick up some improved times and jumped spots. We had a person that qualified last and ended up winning the event, so turnarounds like that are huge points. Both teams had a really solid meet and both of the top two teams should feel really pleased with the way they swam.”

Darien’s Middlesex Club was fourth with 688.50 points and New Canaan-based Waveny Swim Team rounded out the top five with 583 points.

While the Marlins were able to capture the championship, Greenwich has a plethora of teams competing. The Riverside Yacht Club took sixth overall with 498 points, while Innis Arden placed seventh with 425 points.

Riverside Yacht Club's Ben Schinto competes in the 10-years-old and under 50-meter freestyle during Saturday's FCSL finals. — Dave Stewart photo

Riverside Yacht Club’s Ben Schinto competes in the 10-years-old and under 50-meter freestyle during Saturday’s FCSL finals. — Dave Stewart photo

“Our team did excellently,” Riverside assistant coach Emma Powless said. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen our team rally so well in cheering, rally so well to swim together and every single swimmer had best times in their events. Everybody was so excited to be there and the team bonding was stellar. It was a great day for our program and I couldn’t be happier.”

In 12th place was Bailiwick Swim Team, as they grabbed 272 points. Rounding out the top 20 Greenwich area teams was Millbrook Club, as they finished 19th overall with 105 points.

Greenwich Water Club finished 21st overall (76), while Burning Tree Country Club took home 23rd overall with 57 points. Up next was Belle Haven, as they ended the day in 24th place with 48 points. Taking 25th on the day was Field Club of Greenwich, as they grabbed 39 points.

Greenwich Country Club was 27th with 35 points and rounding out the field of Greenwich clubs was Stanwich Club, as they finished 29th overall with 15.50 points.

For Rocky Point, no one had a better day than girls 12-years-old and under swimmer Alex Walsh. She took first in the 50-meter butterfly, netting a time of 30.00 seconds. She also finished with the hold in the 100-meter individual medley, posting a time of 1:07.03 and in the 50-meter backstroke, touching the wall with a time of 31.87.

Not to be outdone was Annie Miller, as the girls 17-years-old and under swimmer won the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 59.10. Teammate Gretchen Walsh joined Walsh in the 12-years-old and under division and won the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 29.41. Kelly Leahy struck gold in the girls eight-years-old and under division, winning the 25-meter breaststroke with a time of 24.35.

In the next event, the boys 10-years-old and under 25-meter breaststroke, Rocky Point’s Patrick Mullen was the lone swimmer to go under 20 seconds, finishing first with a time of 19.37.

In relays, the Rocky Point foursome of Gavin West, Christian Farricker, Jack Kerwin and Oliver Waters won the 17-years-old and under 200-meter medley relay, posting a time of 2:12.43.

“It was an excellent meet for Rocky Point,” Lowe said. “We had a bunch of events where our top two in are event finished in the top eight. That scores big points for you. A lot of our kids made substantial improvements and were able to place high. We added about 150 points to our point total that we had on paper coming in. It was a great day.”

In one of the most competitive events in recent memory, it was Innis Arden’s Katie Evans that was able to capture gold in the 17-years-old and under 50-meter butterfly event. However she wasn’t alone, as New Canaan’s Meghan Egan also touched the wall with the same time of 30.18. Rocky Point’s Miller was third, mere inches away from the top two, grabbing a time of 30.20.

In addition to her time in the 50-meter butterfly, Evans also finished first in the 50-meter breaststroke, touching the wall with a time of 35.64.

Samantha Ennis also fared well for Innis Arden. Competing in the girls 10-years-old and under division, Ennis took first in the 25-meter butterfly with a time of 15.69. Ennis also took top honors in the 25-meter backstroke, posting a time of 17.12.

Competing in the 17-years-old and under 200-meter medley relay, the team of Ennis, Evans, Claire Michalik and Grace Leigh took the gold and edged out Middlesex with a time of 2:16.12. Middlesex was second with a time of 2:16.21.

For Bailiwick, the team was paced by Meghan Lynch, as she dominated the 10-years-old and under division. Competing in the 25-meter breaststroke, Lynch took first by nearly three seconds, posting a time of 16.35. The margin of victory was even bigger during the 100-meter individual medley, as she grabbed the gold with a time of 1:12.24. The next closes was Innis Arden’s Ennis, who touched the wall second with a time of 1:20.64.

Lynch rounded out the day competing in the 50-meter freestyle, as she was the lone swimmer under 30 seconds, posting a time of 28.43.

Also having a multi-event victory was Wee Burn’s Kaki Christensen. Competing in the girls 14-years-old and under division, she picked up gold in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 28.33 and backed that up with a top finish in the 100-meter individual medley with a time of 1:08.84.

During the boys 17-year-old and under 50-meter breaststroke, Riverside Yacht Club’s Iain Edmundson captured gold by posting a time of 31.02. Not to be outdone was Spencer Jimenez in the boys 14-year-old and under division, as the Riverside swimmer won the 50-meter backstroke with a time of 32.81.

Also grabbing the top spot for Riverside Yacht Club was Ben Schinto in the 10-years-old and under division, as he won the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 32.22 and barely beat out Rocky Point’s Oliver Waters, who touched the wall second with a time of 32.37.

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