Staples swims past Norwalk
Published 10:10 pm, Wednesday, February 10, 2016
With Staples boys swim coach Frisk Driscoll away in California filming Sports Jeopardy, the job of navigating the Wreckers through their meet against Norwalk on Wednesday afternoon at the Bears pool fell to assistants Peter Mesavage and James Francis.
Driscoll’s message to the duo before taking the pool?
“To not lose the meet,” Franics joked.
Staples got a strong test from Norwalk before pulling away 109-76 behind a pair of wins from both Dash Hunter and Sebastian Ortega. The meet was close for a long period before a strong performance in the last several events, including wins in the 100 backstroke (Nico Ortega) and 100 breaststroke (Hunter).
“We’re holding down the fort here,” Mesavage said. “That’s more or less the strength of our meet. We had some miscues in the first half of the meet; we got swept in the 50 free.
Staples overcame an unusual circumstance in one race to prevail. Sophomore Charlie Nadel had his swimming goggles snap at the start of the race, forcing him to swim above water throughout. That didn’t stop him from finishing in fourth place.
“Right on the start his goggles split,” Mesavage said. “He toughed it out and still finished fourth. He swam heads up the whole way; Norwalk gave us a heck of a meet.”
Norwalk freshman Kevin Bradley took top spot in the diving while Wrecker teammates Zach and Dobson Cooper placed second and third. Hunter (59.81) nipped Norwalk’s Nicholas Roldan (1:00.14) by less than a second to win the 100 butterfly. Ortega took the 200 freestyle in 1:59.7, ahead of teammate Austin Twiss (2:00.89).
“Dash can do anything; we throw him wherever we need him,” Mesavage said. “Sebastian has lately been doing more sprint-orientated stuff but today we decided to throw him in more distance stuff, which is what he had done in the past.”
The Wreckers will visit New Canaan on Friday in a tough matchup against one of the FCIAC’s top squads.
“We’re having a strong season, we lost some really good swimmers who graduated last year,” Francis said. “Some of our younger guys are coming on really strong right now at the right time. I think we’re going to have a strong finish going into conference championships and states.”