Greenwich swim team dominates FCIACs, cruise to title

Greenwich High School's Thomas Dillinger takes to the water during Thursday's FCIAC championship meet held at the GHS pool. — Dave Stewart photo

Greenwich High School’s Thomas Dillinger takes to the water during Thursday’s FCIAC championship meet held at the GHS pool. — Dave Stewart photo

The Greenwich High School boys swimming and diving team made quick work of its opposition in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference championship. When the dust settled, it was Big Red that came away with 489 points and another conference crown.

The next closest team was Darien, as they finished with 306 points. Ridgefield High placed third overall with 293 points and Staples took fourth on the day with 290 points. Rounding out the top five was New Canaan, as they finished with 226 points.

Greenwich’s Thomas Dillinger, a senior, had a stellar outing during the conference championship. In the 200-yard individual medley, he took top honors with a time of 1:52.57 and was nearly three seconds better than the second place team.

Dillinger also dominated the 100-yard breaststroke event touching the wall first with a time of 55.89 seconds. Just like his performance earlier in the day, Dillinger was nearly three seconds faster than the second place opponent.

Big Red pulled away from its competition in the 50-yard freestyle. Leading the way was senior Edward Moss, as he took top honors in the event with a time of 21.72. Mere inches away from Moss was teammate and fellow senior Wyatt Semenuk, as he finished with the silver and a time of 21.91.

GHS also had two more top 10 finishes in the event, as sophomore Conrad Moss took home sixth overall with a time of 22.82 and not far behind was junior Nicholas Hyden, as he finished seventh and had a time of 22.86.

The duo of Moss and Semenuk also finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 100-yard freestyle. Moss took home a time of 48.58, while Semenuk netted a time of 48.63.

Junior Jack Montesi also took home two gold medals at FCIACs. Competing in the 100-yard backstroke, Montesi touched the wall first with a time of 51.74. Earlier in the day, Montesi jumped in the pool for the 100-yard butterfly and came up tops in the event, posting a time of 50.54.

Big Red was also golden in all three relay events. Starting the FCIAC championship meet, the foursome of Montesi, Semenuk, senior Iain Edmundson and junior Nicholas Handali finished tops in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:37.54.

The Cards’ group of Dillinger, Hyden, Semenuk and Moss crushed the competition in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing six seconds faster than Ridgefield and touched the wall with a time of 1:25.19.

Greenwich ended the meet in grand fashion. Competing in the 400-yard freestyle, the team of Montesi, Hyden, Moss and Dillinger finished five seconds faster than the second place team and won with a time of 3:12.19.

Before the FCIAC swimming championships took place, Greenwich had some key points form the FCIAC diving championship that took place Wednesday at Westhill High School.

Pacing Greenwich was senior Andrew Bologna, as he took home the silver with 519.75 points. Not to be outdone was teammate Justin Sodokoff, a sophomore, as he finished third overall with 484.65 points. Greenwich’s third top 10 finisher in the diving competition was freshman Devon Satir, as he took home fifth on the day with 448.25 points.

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