Staples girls swimming victorious over Westhill-Stamford
Updated 8:42 pm, Saturday, September 29, 2012
WESTPORT -- The Staples girls swimming and dive team avenged last year's loss to the Westhill-Stamford co-op team by defeating its FCIAC foe 100-84 on Friday afternoon at home.
The Wreckers, who improved to 3-1 overall, won first place in the meet's first event, the 200 yard medley relay, as the team of Alexis Teixeira, Mia Bullock, Verity Abel and Rebecca Raab finished in a time of 2:10.30.
Teixeira, who swam the backstroke portion of the medley relay race, was happy to have her best time of the young campaign.
"It was pretty nice to get some satisfaction from training so hard," she said.
In the 200 freestyle event, Verity Abel took home first place with a time of 2:15.31. Freshman Aileen Coyne gave the Wreckers their third first-place finish in the first four events in the 50 freestyle (29.57).
"It felt really good," Coyne said.
Before the 50 free event, Staples took second, third and fourth place in the 200 individual medley competition behind Gabbie LeBlanc, Mira Patel and Jordan Santarella. The Wreckers did manage to win the event, earning nine total points.
The 200 free relay team of Coyne, Bullock, Raab and Sarah Cooperman was first in 1:59.97. Bullock also won the breaststroke in 1:21.14, narrowly finishing ahead of her teammate Anita Vohra, who was second in 1:23.97.
The Wreckers' 400 free relay group helped close out the win as Coyne, Stacy Kaneko, Cooperman and Abel finished in 4:24.
"I'm really happy. We've really been training hard and it's starting to pay off for everyone," Cooperman said.
Abel said that doing well in a meet is always a positive and it proved to be even more important against a competitive rival like Westhill-Stamford.
"It was especially nice because this is a meet that we've won some years and lost others," Abel said.
"They definitely are good competition. They always have a very deep team similar to us," Teixeira added.
Staples head coach Mike Laux was pleased with his team's overall effort and recognized some of his swimmers for getting important points, despite not winning events. Cooperman earned second in both the 200 and 500 and freshman Anelise Brown earned third in both the 100 and 200.
"We did pretty well," Laux said.
Andy Hutchison is a freelance writer