FCIAC dynasty continues for Greenwich swimming

There’s no such thing as a sure thing in high school athletics, but the Greenwich Cardinals’ swimming and diving team is pretty darn close.

For the 45th time in 46 seasons, the Cardinals have been crowned kings of the FCIAC, as they scored 457 points to win the conference championship Friday night at Greenwich High School. The Cards have now won nine straight conference titles since New Canaan broke its streak of 36 in a row in 2007.

The Darien Blue Wave finished in the runner-up spot with 397 points, followed by New Canaan (299), Ridgefield (247) and Staples (218) in the top five.

Greenwich started the meet with a victory and never looked back.

Jack Montesi, Aeden Lewis, Alex Jahan and Conrad Moss won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:35.89, edging Ridgefield (1:36.53) for the top spot.

The Cards would go on to claim eight victories in 11 swimming events.

The first individual winner, however, was a Ridgefield Tiger, as Kieran Smith won the 200 freestyle in  an FCIAC record time of 1:40.05. He owned the previous mark of 1:41,70, set during the preliminary race on Monday.

Jahan won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:55.57, a split-second ahead of Ridgefield’s Andrew Bornstein (1:55.79). Lewis in third at 2:02.08.

Montesi gave the Cards their second individual win leading a trio of Greenwich swimmers in the top five of the 50-yard freestyle. Montesi was first in 21.11, followed by Darien’s Patrick Brannigan (21.74), Wilton’s Derek Benison (21.89), and Greenwich’s Nicholas Hyden (22.26) and Moss (22.82) in the top five.

Nicholas Handali ed the way in the 100-yard butterfly with a time if 53.51. Darien’s Cesar Pena was second (53.69) and Greenwich’s Patrick Clisham was third (53.71). Also for the Cardinals, Jack Bound was sixth (55.58) and Russell Winget was seventh (56.10).

In the 100 freestyle, Brannigan was the winner for Darien, finishing in 47.29, with Hyden second in 48.75. Raymond Warner was seventh in 50.67.

Smith claimed his second gold medal for Ridgefield in the 500 freestyle, winning in 4:30.63.

The Cardinals’ 200 freestyle relay team of Hyden, Lewis, Clisham and Moss won its event n 1:28.74, edging Darien (1:28.75) in the evening’s closest race.

Montesi became a double-winner when he finished first in the 100 backstroke (50.60), nearly three seconds ahead of New Canaan’s Edward Rudman (53.57). Handali was sixth (56.83) for Greenwich.

Jahan was a winner in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 58.35, with Joshua King fourth in 1:00.20, and Lewis seventh in 1:02.19.

Greenwich then finished the meet the way it began — with a victory — when Hyden, Handali, Clisham and Montesi won the 400 freestyle relay in 3:14.41.

Greenwich's Alex Jahan on his way to a victory in the 200-yard individual medley at Friday's FCIAC swimming finals at GHS. — Dave Stewart photo

Greenwich’s Alex Jahan on his way to a victory in the 200-yard individual medley at Friday’s FCIAC swimming finals at GHS. — Dave Stewart photo

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