Staples boys swimming meets challenge, moves to 4-0
Updated 5:18 pm, Monday, January 14, 2013
WILTON -- Staples High boys swim coach Frisk Driscoll pitched Friday's meet with Wilton as a litmus test for his team.
The Wreckers, in turn, answered the challenge.
Staples opened the meet strong, taking the 200 medley relay, and swam to a 91-79 victory over the Warriors at the Wilton YMCA to stay perfect on the season at 4-0.
"We passed with flying colors," Driscoll said.
The Wreckers won the first three events -- 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle, 200 individual medley -- and jumped ahead 28-18. Nathaniel Boley, Ethan Hunter, Ian Rainey and Chris Mombello won the first relay in 1:39.67.
"We wanted to set a tone and send a message right off the bat," Driscoll said. "That's exactly what we did."
Jonathan Blansfield, a junior, won two individual events for Staples, taking the 200 freestyle in 1:45.09 and the 500 free in 4:42.46.
"He really stepped up his game today," Driscoll said of Blansfield, adding, "That's what I expected. He (didn't need) that big of a pep talk. He was ready to go as soon as he stepped on the bus today."
Blansfield was also part of a 400 free relay team that came in first with the Wreckers ahead just 81-75. Rainey, Daniel Williams, Blansfield and Boley clocked in at 3:20.54 to seal the win.
"They needed to win and get third to tie us," Driscoll said. "That was the best they could do, was tie us, because I knew that our relay wasn't going to miss one, two."
Staples trailed 72-68 after Boley's win in the 100 backstroke (56.12), but the Wreckers re-took the lead into the final event -- the 400 free relay -- with North Woods' win in the 100 breaststroke. The Wreckers finished first through third in the breaststroke, with Woods (1:03.75) narrowly topping Hunter (1:04.02) and Mombello (1:04.35).
"That was the big turning point," Driscoll said. "Instead of having it be in their hands, it was in our hands."
The Wreckers also got a win from Rainey in the 200 individual medley (1:57.67).
Tom Kealy won two individual events for Wilton, taking first in the 50 free (21.66) and 100 free (49.42). He also spearheaded the 200 free relay with Jack Abbott, Stephen Holmquist and Mason Molina to a win in 1:33.70. The Warriors' Sean Higgins won the 100 butterfly in 53.67.
Staples will look to continue its undefeated start when it takes on the Westhill-Stamford co-op on Jan. 23 at home.
"Everything's going according to plan right now," Driscoll said. "We keep on working hard."
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Staples 91, Wilton 79 (at Wilton YMCA): Relays: 200 medley relay: Staples (Nathaniel Boley, Ethan Hunter, Ian Rainey, Chris Mombello) 1:39.67; 200 free relay: Wilton (Tom Kealy, Jack Abbott, Stephen Holmquist, Mason Molina) 1:33.70; 400 free relay: Staples (Rainey, Daniel Williams, Jonathan Blansfield, Boley) 3:20.54. Individual events: 200 freestyle: Blansfield (S) 1:45.09; 200 IM: Rainey (S) 1:57.67; 50 free: Kealy (W) 21.66; 100 butterfly: Sean Higgins (W) 53.67; 100 free: Kealy (W) 49.42; 500 free: Blansfield (S) 4:42.46; 100 backstroke: Boley (S) 56.12; 100 breaststroke: North Woods (S) 1:03.75. Records: Staples 4-0.