Wreckers splash Norwalk
The Staples boys swimming team claimed a 105-81 victory at Norwalk on Wednesday, raising its record to 2-4.
Staples was confident going into the meet. Wreckers Coach Jeff Share said, "I figured we would win this meet. I don't ever remember being involved in a meet that we lost to Norwalk and I've been with the team now for nine years. We've always beaten them so I figured we would. Although I have to say this was the most competitive Norwalk team I've seen over the years. I tried to match our guys up so we could get some good fast races, which we did."
Senior captain Larry Abel won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:59.92. He said, "I am pleased with my performance. After about half the race, I had pulled a few seconds before everybody and I was able to maintain my pace for the rest of the race." Junior Michael Goodgame (2:04.90) took second and classmate Steven Siecienski (2:08.56) completed the sweep. Share said, "In the 200-free, we took first, second, and third which was a nice beginning to the individual events."
Another highlight performance for Staples was freshman Nathaniel Boley (53.08) defeating Norwalk junior John Ospina in the 100-yard freestyle in a very tight race. Boley said, "I was really pleased with that race. I was right on my best time which you really don't expect halfway through the season."
Share said, "They were neck and neck through the whole race. Nathaniel just dug down deep and basically just out touched him."
The Wreckers took the top two spots in the 400-yard freestyle relay, junior Cory Bacon, Goodgame, sophomore Matthew Wisher and Boley (3:45.09) won the race and sophomore Joss Abel, freshmen Marcus Roussi and Matthew Wetmore and sophomore Kyle Bacon (3:49.70) took second.
Staples junior Zachary Slater won diving (216.97). Share said, "He beat out Norwalk's top diver by .8. It was very close." Another diving highlight, was freshman Tanner Blank (157.95) qualifying for states.
Although the Wreckers did not have many first place performances, they were able win through their depth. Boley said, "The big key to the day was there weren't any break-away swims, it was more of a constant second, third, and forth. So when they might have gotten first more than we did, but we consistently were able to put more points up. And that is really the key to winning dual meets."
Next week, the Wreckers will host Weston on Monday, Wilton on Wednesday and Danbury next Friday. Larry Abel said, "Wilton will be our toughest competition next week. I spoke to the Wilton coach and he put together all the times from both teams, and if everyone was to swim their best time on both teams we would win by five points, which is a small amount. It will be a really close meet."