Greenwich swim team defeats Staples, improves to 8-0
Friday’s girls swim meet between Greenwich and Staples featured fast times, impressive dives and school-record performances.
The defending State Open, Class LL and FCIAC champion Cardinals and the Wreckers both showed why they will once again, make their mark in the postseason meets, as they each have depth in every event.
Behind four first-place finishes from sophomore Meghan Lynch and a school-record diving effort by senior Annabelle Pollack, Greenwich raised its record to 8-0, posting a 105-81 over Staples in Westport.
The Cardinals held a slim 32-30 lead after the 50 freestyle at Staples’ 25-meter pool, then extended its advantage to 45-33 following the diving portion of the meet.
Greenwich’s 200-meter relay team of Samantha Ennis, Lynch, Hannah Seward and Lexi de la Sierra touched the wall first in 2:02.76. Staples was second in 2:05.67.
The 200-meter freestyle saw junior Morgan Lenoce register a winning time of 2:13.05. Cardinals senior Allison Brea placed second (2:14.67), followed by Staples senior Michelle Kennedy (2:15.02).
In the 200-meter individual medley, junior Esme Hunter of Staples won the event 2:24.54. Cardinals freshman Caterina Li was the runner-up (2:32.16).
Senior Marissa Healy gave the Wreckers a first-place finish in the 50 freestyle (26.82), while GHS sophomore Hannah Seward took second (28.21). In winning the 50 freestyle, Healy broke a 24-year-old Staple record in the event.
Greenwich senior Annabelle Pollack made program history in winning the 1-meter diving event. Pollack totaled a team-record 289.20 points for the Cardinals, who have received standout performances from their divers throughout the season.
“She (Pollack) put together a meet of six beautiful dives,” GHS coach Lorrie Hokayem said. “I’m really proud of her season so far.”
Maddie Muldoon, a senior, finished second on the 1-meter diving board for Greenwich (266.90), while junior Regina Frias was third (257.95).
Healy set a Staples record in winning the 100 butterfly in 1:04.09. Right behind her was Seward (1:04.74). Lynch was the 100 freestyle winner for Greenwich (58.53), with Lenoce finishing second (1:02.45) and Staples teammate Jessica Qi taking third (1:02.48).
In the 400-meter freestyle, Brea touched the wall first in 4:42.57 and Kennedy was second (4:44.07). Emily Warner, a Greenwich senior, was a close third (4:44.72).
Greenwich’s foursome of Seward, de la Sierra, Warner and Lynch were the 200 freestyle relay winners (1:53.20). Hunter took top honors in the 100 backstroke (1:04.40), followed by Ennis (1:09.00).
Lynch’s second individual victory came in the 100-meter breaststroke, in which she clocked in at 1:14.72. Li finished second (1:18.53). Staples won the 400 freestyle relay in 4:13.32.
Greenwich visits rival New Canaan Friday at the New Canaan YMCA at 3 p.m.