Depth, Boley, carry Wreckers to a 106-77 win over Wilton
Updated 2:37 am, Wednesday, February 1, 2012
The Staples boys swimming and diving team won its third straight meet, and raised its record to 5-2 with a 106-77 home victory over the Wilton Warriors Monday.
Staples triumphed in six events, which included some record-breaking performances. Junior Nathanial Boley dominated the meet by winning four events, starting with the 200-meter freestyle (2:00.08), which is the fourth fastest time in school history, and the 400-meter freestyle (4:16.55), which was the third fastest.
Boley continued his success in relay events, helping the 200-meter freestyle relay team with seniors David Katter, Kyle Bacon, and junior Matthew Wetmore (1:45.06), and the 400-meter freestyle relay with Bacon, sophomore Justin Krakoff and freshman Daniel Williams (3:57.29).
And these were not the only events the Wreckers won. Sophomore Christopher Mombello won the 100-meter breastroke (1:14. 94) and freshman North Woods took second.
For diving, junior Tanner Blank scored 219.75, which is the fifth best score in school history for a six-dive program.
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"I've worked extremely hard with my coach over the years and intend to work even hard to better my mark through the rest of this season and next year," Blank said.
Junior Andrew Cohen took second on the diving board with his personal best score of 182. 80.
The Wreckers won despite missing some key swimmers. Sophomore Jonathan Blansfield was out sick.
Senior Joss Abel was scheduled to race against Wilton but fell ill during the meet and had to be pulled from his events. Both these team members contributed to past Staples victories.
Despite their absence, their teammates still managed to beat a solid FCIAC team.
"We were able to overcome these setbacks and had our depth carry us to victory," Wreckers coach Jeffrey Schare said.
In the first half of the meet, there was just a five-point gap between Staples and Wilton. But the freestyle and breastroke events were major factors in helping Staples pull out ahead..
This was an interesting meet for some swimmers as they were competing against their Wilton Wahoos teammates. Boley and Woods compete for the Wahoos and they were racing against many of their fellow club team swimmers.
Overall, the team is exceptionally proud of its performance against the Warriors.
"In past years, we haven't had the depth necessary to have a strong, competitive team," Boley said. "Today, I think we really proved to be a contender late in the season. We didn't win many events, but we had a lot of two-three and two-three-four finishes that really helped us along to the win."
Staples hopes to raise its streak to four wins today when it hosts the Fairfield Ludlowe-Fairfield-Warde co-op team. The Wreckers will travel to Westhill Friday and face the Westhill-Stamford co-op team.