Time is winding down in the season for swimmers to lower their times in order rot qulify for the state meets that are slated for early November.

Not only the Staples accomplish most of its goals in that area Wednesday, a total of five school records were broken in a meet against one of the top schools in the state.

"That was something we were looking forward to doing," Staples coach Mike Laux said. "The problem is you have to be swimming against the right team and the right competition and we were able to do that today."

Verity Abel set school records the 500 freestyle (4:23.70) and the 200 freestyle (2:06.20) while Mia Bullock set new marks in the 200 individual medley (2:24.46) and the 100 breaststroke (1:15.81) as Staples were defeated 96-82 by Darien. The fifth record was that four records had not been broken at a meet in school history.

"Verity Abel is very talented. She's basically had to save herself for the relays and other meets but today it was something we had to worry about."

Staples won five of 12 events. In addition to the four records producing victories, Jordan Santarella took first place in the 100 backstroke.

"I think we did great, the kids did great," Laux said. "We had a lot of girls qualify for states. Darien is the defending state open champion. To be competitive with them at all is a good thing."

Staples has two meets left in the regular season -- against Warde Monday and Norwalk Wednesday. Both meets are at home.

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