Staples girls swimming ends regular season with win
Published 10:03 am, Saturday, October 24, 2015
The nine seniors on the Staples girls and diving team took a victory lap across the Wreckers pool on Friday to receive a rose, signifying the end of a four-year journey that included a number of highs and personal bests.
Though they won’t ever swim in a competitive meet at Staples again, the Wreckers still have a lot to look forward to with the postseason around the corner.
The Wreckers beat Norwalk/McMahon 98-85 on Senior Day to wrap up the regular season 7-3.
“It’s a pretty fantastic group of seniors,” Staples coach Mike Laux said. “It makes a huge difference having that kind of depth. This is the first year that Staples has been able to field a full and complete lineup in all the events where all the swimmers are (competitive).”
After falling to Norwalk in 2013 before returning the favor on the road, the Wreckers got to celebrate at their home pool.
“I’m happy we won this meet,” said Staples standout Mia Bullock. “It’s always been a tough meet for us. I’m proud of all the girls on this team.”
Against Norwalk, the team of Mia Fraas, Willow Woods, Bullock and Kenzie Healy took top spot in the 400 medley relay (2:05.72). Bullock won the 200 IM (2:26.36) and the 100 breaststroke (1:17.02), Kenzie Healy won the 100 freestyle (1:01.30) and Aileen Coyne took the 200 freestyle (2:14.43).
“There was a lot of extra energy today,” Laux said. “I’m not sure if it was directed towards the pool, but there was energy. It was good.”
Staples gets almost two weeks to prepare for the FCIAC meet, which is slated for Nov. 5. The Class LL meet (Nov. 17) and State Open (Nov. 21) will follow. The Wreckers placed second in Class LL last year and that remains the goal in 2015.
“That’s our goal every year,” Laux said. “There is a lot of tough competition. When we start and plan the season our goal is to be our best at states.”
Bullock — who holds a number of school records — is headed to Fordham, which is one of the top teams in the Atlantic 10 conference. The Rams went 10-1 last season and Bullock is excited to join the successful program.
“I’m really excited to go to Fordham,” Bullock said. “I know that it’s a program that will help me excel and make me an even stronger swimmer than I am. The team is so nice and welcoming.”
Having attended the Wooster School as a child, Bullock added that she’s excited to join the Fordham community.
“(Fordham) has a lot of the same traditions and the same environment as what I grew up in,” Bullock said. “It’s like going back to my childhood.”