The Staples girls swimming team opened the season with a 100-81 win at East Lyme Friday.

"It was a fantastic meet because East Lyme is a balanced team and we swam in an eight-lane pool where we were able to use four kids in every event," Staples coach Mike Laux said. "We had extra heats in four events and I was able to learn more about my team. I'm happy with what I learned."

Lady Wreckers senior Gabby Wimer said, "It was a great way to start the season and with [the pool being] eight lanes, we were able to see a lot of trends for the team."

Staples won 11 out of 12 events and showed it is a force to be reckoned with. Wimer was the top sprinter with wins in the 50-yard freestyle (26.37) and 100-yard freestyle (58.16).

"Having all my teammates cheering for me [made a difference]," Wimer said. "We were all pumped up and it helped me swim fast."

Freshman Jessi Taets and junior Rebecca Raab were second and third, respectively in the 50-free and freshman Stacy Kaneko was third in the 100-free.

While Wimer ruled the sprints, sophomore Verity Abel continued off of last year's Team MVP pace and ruled distance events. Abel won the 200-yard freestyle (1:59.45) and 500-yard freestyle (5:19.89).

"I started training three weeks ago and I was in shape for it," Abel said. "It was our first meet and I was excited, which motivated me. The new freshmen helped as well."

On how she became savvy in long races, Abel said, "I've built my endurance through years of training and my stamina is very good. I rest up and stay hydrated."

Junior Sarah Cooperman was third in the 200-free and 500-free.

Senior Caroline Valerio and sophomore Gabby LeBlanc also won two meets each for the Lady Wreckers. Valerio won the 100-yard butterfly (1:05.69) and 100-yard backstroke (1:08.30), and LeBlanc was victorious in the 200-yard individual medley (2:25.29) and 100-yard breaststroke (1:17.13).

Freshman Jordan Santarella took second in the 200-IM and 100-fly, Kaneko and junior Alexis Teixeira were two-three in the 100-back and Taets placed second in the 100-breaststroke.

Staples also dominated the relays. Valerio, LeBlanc, Abel and Raab won the 200-yard medley relay (2:00.96) and Teixeira, Taets, Santarella and Kaneko grabbed second in the 200-medley relay. Wimer, Raab, Taets and Cooperman prevailed in the 200-yard freestyle relay and junior Molly Rubidge, freshman Suzanne Hyman, sophomores Grace Meehan and Jocelyn Krim helped the B-team of the 200-free relay team take third. Wimer, Santarella, Cooperman and Abel powered the 400-yard freestyle relay team (3:56.04) to victory.

East Lyme's only win came in diving where senior Michelle Mastrianni took third (149.85) for Staples.

"I'm proud of the girls," Wimer said. "They did what they needed to do to swim fast."

The Lady Wreckers will be tested when then host a vastly improved Norwalk-Brien McMahon co-op team today at 4 p.m. and defending Class M champion Wilton Friday at 4 p.m.

"I see Norwalk as having the top 16 times in USA swimming and they are loaded," Laux said. "It will be a close meet and I hope we can come out ahead."