GHS swimmers blitz Trumbull, Phillips Exeter, await Fairfield Prep

Although it was a busy start to the weekend, the Greenwich High School boys swim team came through with two key victories.

On Friday afternoon, Big Red traveled to Hillcrest Middle School for a meet against Trumbull High School and came away with the 108-62 victory. Less than 24 hours later, the Cards were back in the pool, competing on the road against a tough Phillips Exeter team but had the same result as Friday, winning 136-62.

Against Phillips Exeter, Greenwich took top honors in all 12 events. Alex Lewis won the 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard freestyle, while Thomas Dillinger grabbed gold in the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle.

Lewis took first in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 49.33 seconds and beat out teammate Matt Fraser for top honors. In the backstroke, Lewis came away with a top time of 53.73 and beat out teammate Jack Montesi. However, Montesi did well himself, as he finished first in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 55.26 and just beat out teammate Julian Fraser, who was 11/100th of a second behind.

In the 200-yard freestyle, Dillinger led Greenwich in a one-two finish, touching the wall with a time of 1:49.63 and was just ahead of teammate Matt Fraser. Dillinger was the athlete to beat in the 500-yard freestyle, taking first with a time of 4:48.73.

Iain Edmundson started a sweep in the 100-yard breaststroke. His time of 1:04.08 was good enough for first place, while John Enquist took the silver and Andrew Stotesbery grabbed the bronze.

Ed Moss rounded out the first-place finishers for Greenwich, as he was tops in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.74.

When the focus of the meet turned to diving, Greenwich’s Jeff Aselin was on fire, beating his old high score by 40 points and taking first with 290.50 points.

Big Red also swept the competition in the relay events. The Greenwich foursome of Lewis, Edmundson, Julian Fraser, and Moss started the meet by grabbing first in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:40.36, while the group of Moss, Tim Hardman, Dillinger, and Lewis finished the meet with the gold in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:26.50. Sandwiched in the middle of the meet was the 200-yard freestyle relay event, as Moss, Matt Fraser, Julian Fraser, and Dillinger touched the wall with a combined time of 1:31.33.

“It was a strong meet for us, despite Exeter’s inability due to absence and illness to put up the expected level of competition,” Greenwich head coach Terry Lowe said. “They have a great facility, which helped to provide an opportunity for some good times. The meet results were an important step forward, as well as to prepare to square off against Fairfield Prep on Saturday and begin our drive into the championship phase of the season.”

Against Trumbull, Greenwich got to see some of its younger talent take to the pool.

In the 200-yard freestyle, Matt Fraser once again came up victorious, finishing with a time of 1:53.55. However, it was a close race to the wall, as Trumbull’s Miles Burokes netted a time of 1:53.78 and took second. Matt Fraser’s brother Julian competed in the 50-yard freestyle and led Big Red to a 1-2-3 finish in the event, netting a time of 23.28. Ben Wurst took second with a time of 23.80 and teammate Tim Agro finished with the bronze and a time of 24.35.

Greenwich once again took the top three finishes in the 100-yard butterfly, as Matt Fraser and Julian Fraser battled for first. This time it was Julian Fraser who touched the wall first, netting a time of 52.28. Matt Fraser was mere inches away, grabbing second with a time of 52.29. Wurst took third and finished with a time of 53.36.

In the 100-yard butterfly, Big Red dominated the event. Tyler Triscari finished in first overall with a time of 58.69, while teammate JT Hintzen had a personal best in the event, netting a second-place time of 58.09.

“Today we tried to bring out a lineup that would produce a lot of good races for Trumbull and for us,” Lowe said. “I think we did a good job with that. I think both teams got something out of this meet. I was really pleased with a bunch of swims at this meet.”

Trumbull came out strong in the 500-yard freestyle event, as Sam Carly took first with a time of 5:11.42, while fellow Trumbull swimmer Josh Pavel finished with the silver and a time of 5:18.35.

Pavel once again came up strong in the 100-yard backstroke, as he won the event with a time of 58.62, but Greenwich’s Tyler Triscari wasn’t far behind, finishing second with a time of 1:01.54.

In the 100-yard breaststroke, Miles Muroker took first a time of 1:06.12. Greenwich’s Remy Megzonte finished second with a time of 1:08.59.

Another close race was in the 200-yard individual medley. Big Red’s Will Klingner raced hard against Trumbull’s Alex Ignator, but it was the Golden Eagle that touched the wall first, netting a time of 2:06.86. Klingner finished with a time of 2:06.99.

“I thought this was a great meet,” Trumbull head coach Mike Ferraro said. “We had a lot of in-season best times and our leaders really stepped up today. We have a lot of younger swimmers and freshmen that are coming into their own. Anytime you can step up against such a quality team like Greenwich, it’s always fun and exciting. Also, it’s great to do so well at home. For where we are in the season, I think we are right on track.”

With the two victories, Greenwich improved to a perfect 7-0 on the season. Although the Cardinals are currently undefeated, that doesn’t mean they will stay that way. Tomorrow Greenwich hosts Danbury High School and then immediately turns around and plays state champion Fairfield Prep on the road Saturday at 4.

“This team has had a lot of really good swims this year; however, I am still nervous about a team like Fairfield Prep,” Lowe said. “Our core swimmers have done a really nice job this year. However, we haven’t been able to build around that core. We know we can produce good relays, but we also need some of those younger guys and some guys with more experience to really step up and do a better job for us.”

While Big Red has been running away from the competition, there’s still plenty of work to be done. After Greenwich’s meet with the Jesuits, they will only have meets against Staples, Darien and Wilton before the championship season gets under way.

There’s a long gap between the Feb. 6 meet against the Warriors and the FCIAC trials that get under way on Feb. 26. Helping fill the hole between meets will be the team’s annual trip to Puerto Rico, which will take place Feb. 8 to 17. However, it won’t be all fun in the sun for Greenwich.

“I am going to be very glad to get this team down to Puerto Rico and whip them into shape,” Lowe said. “As an overall team, we’ve had one of the worst attendance we’ve ever had for practice. Between family trips over the holidays, illness and academics, it’s really been a spotty season. It will be great to get them together for a week where we can just work really hard on our goals. There will be some skill work, but it’s going to be a lot of endurance training.”

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