Cory Bacon and his fellow seven seniors on the Staples boys swimming team wanted to make their final home meet, "one to remember."

As it turned out, the

talented core did exactly that in more ways than one.

Bacon and his teammates Scott Feder, Kyle Bacon and Nathaniel Boley set both a school and pool record (1:41.50) in the 200-meter free relay, and senior Zack Slater

bettered his own banner mark in diving by

accumulating 266.50 points, as the Wreckers swam to a 100-74 victory over Norwalk-Brien McMahon Tuesday.

"We wanted to go out with a bang. We really wanted to leave an impact on the team for many years to come and we want to set records that won't so easily be broken," said Slater, who earlier this season shattered the school's diving record that had stood since 2004.

With just one meet remaining before the highly anticipated FCIAC finals on March 3, Staples turned its Senior Day into a memorable one right from the outset. Fourth-year swimmer Michael Goodgame, Feder, Joss Abel and Boley placed first (2:00.68) in the 200-meter medley relay to start, and Jon Blonsfield followed with a win in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:11.80 to give the Wreckers a 22-8 lead.

Staples was victorious in the first six events over a youthful Norwalk-Brien McMahon team that's nearing the end of a brutal eight-day stretch. With four meets postponed already due to the record-setting snowfall in January, the co-op team's been forced to cram five competitions into the last week.

"It's tough to ask our kids to do back-to-back," Bears Coach Doug Marchetti said. "We were a little shorthanded today, so add that up and it

made for a rough afternoon."

Sherman Lau delivered Norwalk its first individual victory when he clocked in at 57.97 in the 100-meter freestyle, narrowly defeating Abel (58.82) and Goodgame (59.82).

The Wreckers displayed superior depth throughout the meet, as they placed both first and second in each of the first five events. Boley finished first in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:18.83, ahead of Kyle Bacon (2:29.43) and Lau (2:30.07), and Feder built upon the strong start with a win in the 100-yard butterfly (1:09.59), giving Staples a commanding 71-20 advantage.

"A win is nice," Staples Coach Jeff Schare said. "What really strikes me is individual races--a few swims that were

outstanding for us


Aside from the Wreckers' record-setting races, Cory Bacon capped his

last home meet by swimming the second-fastest time in school history (25.07) in the 50-meter freestyle.

"It's kind of bittersweet," he said of the finale. "Looking back on it, I wish I could do more things in the high school season, but I'm really happy with the way it ended."

Norwalk concluded its regular season at Trumbull yesterday after press time. Although the swimmers struggled to match several of the Wreckers' lightning-quick performances, Marchetti praised his team's effort.

"Our kids worked their butts off," Marchetti said. "They're getting the work and they swim hard. They never put their head down and they never feel sorry for themselves. That's part of something you want to enforce. That's something that's going to take them a long way in anything they do."

The Wreckers closed out their regular

season with 108-79 loss at Darien Wednesday to finish the dual meet season at 6-5.

Despite losing to a superior Darien squad, Staples had many strong performances. Slater broke his own school record in diving by scoring 272. Boley had the school's eighth-fastest time in the 500-yard freestyle (4:53.20) and ninth-fastest time in the 200-yard individual medley (2:01.29). Junior Matthew Wisher won the 100-yard backstroke for the Wreckers.