Weston comes together in loss to Lady Nighthawks, looks forward to upcoming meets
Swimming may be an individual sport in many ways, but the team aspect was front and center for the Weston girls team Friday.
Weston coach Tom Grace talked to his girls about the importance of coming together as a team prior to the meet with visiting Newtown and they pulled through in what the coach believes is a confidence-boosting effort in a hard-fought loss. The Nighthawks prevailed 104-80 to remain unbeaten in five competitions to begin the season, and the Trojans fell to 2-2 overall.
"Newtown's always a tough opponent. They come in with a lot of kids, a lot of strong kids -- a lot of depth," Grace said. "We're still fairly young but they did well today. They did what they had to do - swam fast."
Other winners included: Clark in the 200-yard individual medley, Johnson in the 100-fyard reestyle, Clark in the 100-yard breaststroke, and the 400-yard freestyle relay contingent of Edgar, Brenna Nimkoff, Angelidis and Johnson. Hannah Schroeder won the diving event. Weston trailed by just eight points following the diving break before Newtown added to its lead in the later stages of the meet.
"There's a good loss and there's a bad loss. Today was a good loss because they worked hard. They just had a stronger opponent," Grace said. "A bad loss is an opponent that's defeatable but they didn't do what they need to do, and today they swam really hard. They just went up against a stronger opponent."
Grace was pleased with not only the individual times but the team element that he was looking for at the beginning of the meet. "The kids were supportive of each other. They pulled together," he said. "This was a huge step forward. Some teams come together right away, some teams don't - and these guys really came through today."
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Grace said he was impressed with the efforts of Johnson and Edgar in the 50-yard freestyle. Johnson was second, and Edgar fifth in the event. The coach said Clare Murray dropped time in the 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle.
Catie Ledwick was runner-up in the 100-yard butterfly and Angelidis was second in the 100-yard backstroke. Weston also took second in the 200-yard freestyle relay behind the efforts of Ledwick, Nimkoff, Dacia Gross and Edgar, as well as in the 400-yard freestyle relay behind Ilana Berger, Murray, Lauren Solinsky and Clark.
"They had a good team - great divers," DiMarco, a captain who placed second in the diving competition, said of Newtown. "We really just tried to go in and dive like we know how and try our best."
DiMarco is excited about the start to the season for this fairly young squad. "We're having a really great year - It's been a lot of fun. We're working really hard at practice and trying to reach our goals. And we're going to bring it at [the SWC championships]."