Staples swimming wins opener at Wilton
Published 9:28 am, Thursday, December 18, 2014
The Staples boys swim team won its opening meet of the season on Wednesday, prevailing 102-68 against Wilton at the Wilton YMCA. Senior captain North Woods -- 100 freestyle and 200 IM -- and Dan Williams -- 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke -- each won a pair of events to propel the Wreckers.
Wreckers coach Frisk Driscoll was pleased to see his team get their feet wet in the first competitive action of the season.
"I think we did pretty well," Driscoll said. "You have some semblance of an idea of how they're going to perform going into the first meet, but in the first meet anything can happen. It was more about executing the little things correctly. It was good to see the kids get out there and race."
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The quartet of Dan Williams, Ethan Hunter, Mark Schachter and Jackson Daines finished first in the 200 medley relay (1:45.76) to open the meet. Max Wimer (1:50.46), Sebastian (1:54.63) and Nicolas Ortega (1:57.33) then took second, third and fourth respectively in the 200 freestyle.
Following Woods' win in the 200 IM, Hunter (23.85) took second in the 50 freestyle, which pushed Staples' lead in the meet to 34-28.
Williams (56.40) cruised to a victory in the 100 butterfly, winning the race by nearly five seconds. Woods (50.52) then captured the 100 freestyle, followed by Wimer (5:08.23) winning the 500 freestyle. Sebastian Ortega, Woods, Daines and Schachter combined to win the 200 freestyle relay for the Wreckers.
"What happens is that a lot of time is that you race the way you practice," Driscoll said. "Once you get to this race you're kind of in a different zone and you don't think about the smaller things. It's nice to see what they do in a race; it's different from practice and you can't replicate that."
The team closed the meet strong, as Williams won the 100 backstroke and helped the Wreckers win the 400 freestyle relay.
Next up for the Wreckers is a meet Friday at Danbury.