Lady Wreckers hold their own
Sometimes, there isn't much a team can do in a meet. Take the Staples girls swimming and diving team when it hosted mighty Greenwich on Wednesday. Greenwich is the premier program in the state and it has a lot of depth, thus, Staples knew it had as much of a chance of beating the Lady Cardinals as a Republican has of winning an election in Bridgeport.
True to form, Greenwich raised its record to 8-0 with a 101-83 victory but the host Lady Wreckers (2-4) left the pool feeling proud of themselves because they had many strong performances.
"It was a good meet," Staples Coach Mike Laux said. "It was a meet the team felt they didn't have a chance to win but we got in there and did a good job."
Knowing this going in, Laux inserted his swimmers in events they don't normally swim. Lady Wrecker freshman Verity Abel has been dominant all year in the individual medley and butterfly but against the Lady Cardinals, she swam two different events and reigned victorious in both, winning the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 2:12.24 and the 100-meter backstroke (1:10.53).
"I was excited because I didn't swim them yet this year," Abel said. "I like having variety and this meet was an opportunity to change things up."
Getting the victories was nice for Abel but she didn't get carried away in the moment.
"I suppose it's quite rewarding," Abel said. "Swimming is a great sport and it's all about being on the team."
Freshman Gabby LeBlanc also won an individual event for Staples, claiming victory in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:24.82). Sophomores Anita Vohra (1:25.72) and Patricia Maragos (1:28.72) placed second and fourth, respectively, in the 100-breaststroke.
"I guess it was by being excited about the meet and wanting to help the team," LeBlanc said. "Greenwich is a good team and I'm glad to swim against them. It feels good because we were all very close."
Staples also did well in the freestyle relays, winning the 200-meter freestyle relay (1:59.06) behind junior Gabby Wimer, senior captain Stephanie Nussbaum, sophomore Sarah Cooperman and Abel and the 400-meter freestyle relay (4:33.12) behind Wimer, Nussbaum, Abel and Loftus. The 200-free B relay team of sophomore Becky Raab, senior Joanna Wexler, sophomore Phoebe Corde and Loftus took third (2:07.44) and the 400-free B relay team of senior Caitlin Wiederecht, Wexler, junior Caroline Valerio and Cooperman took second (4:53.61).
Cooperman (2:40.26) and LeBlanc (2:45.78) finished three-five in the 200-meter individual medley. LeBlanc (29.53) and Raab (31.60) were two-five in the 50-meter freestyle. Valerio grabbed third in the 100-meter butterfly (1:14.00) and classmate Emily Greene (1:24.82) was fifth in the 100-fly.
Senior captain Schaefer Andrews took second in diving (186.225) and junior Michelle Mastrianni (143.65) was fourth. Wimer (1:04.83) and Nussbaum (1:06.72) were three-four in the 100-meter freestyle. In the 400-meter freestyle, Cooperman (4:52.80) and Loftus (4:56.11) took second and third, respectively.