Staples swims past Wilton, moves to 4-0
Published 2:39 pm, Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Staples coach Frisk Driscoll was excited to see how his team would fare in its first FCIAC test of the season against Wilton, a team the Wreckers figure to be competing with for a top-five spot at the FCIAC championships next month.
The Wreckers emerged from the meet very pleased with their progress.
Staples swam past Wilton 101-77 on Monday at the Wilton YMCA to up its record to 4-0. The Wreckers won the majority of the events in what proved to be a bit of a statement as they continue to build momentum.
"I think we had a really good meet," Driscoll said. "We knew the first three meets we had were a dress rehersal; this was our first real test against a solid opponent. We came out and we were ready to race from the beginning."
Staples captured the 200 medley relay as McNab, Dashiell Hunter, Josiah Tarrant and Austin Twiss clocked in at 1:44.07. Justin Lovro, Tarrant, Quinn Wagner and Ortega won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:37.12 and Hunter, Ortega, Adler and McNab won the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:27.73.
McNab (2:03.56) comfortably won the 200 IM by three seconds, and beat his own teammate Hunter to the wall by 1.4 seconds in the 100 freestyle. McNab, a sophomore, continues to lays down impressive times this winter.
"He was going up against a good 200 IMer (in Wilton's Jack Lewis)," Driscoll said. "He really stepped up in that race, taking the win. He did the same thing in the 100 freestyle; we set that event up to try to put them away."
Ortega--who wasn't at 100 percent between fatigue and a shoulder injury--did the same to power the Wreckers. He built a sizable lead in the 200 free before holding on in 1:46.09 and narrowly took top spot in the 500 free by beating Wilton's swimmer by less than a second.
"He showed good initial speed in the 200 free and set the tone," Driscoll said. "He was too far ahead for anyone to catch up; he just swan a nice smooth race in the 500."
Hunter (23.53) finished second in the 50 free, just .14 seconds behind WIlton's Harrison McCool. Tarrant (56.55) narrowly won the 100 butterfly while Adler won the 100 backstroke in 58.27.
Greenwich is on deck for Staples, which also swims at Ridgefield next week in what is a stretch of three consecutive meets.
"I think we look pretty for where I want to be," Driscoll said. "We get a real gut check on Thursday against Greenwich; it will set a tone as we go into another phase of training. Right now I feel pretty good, especially about our top guys."