Staples takes fourth at FCIAC swimming
It takes an army to build a tradition.
The Greenwich High School boys swim team brought more than enough troops last Thursday to win its 44th FCIAC Boys Swim Championship team title in the last 45 years.
"It is definitely the swimmers that make the dynasty," said Greenwich veteran coach Terry Lowe. "The kids put together the best performance I could have hoped for."
Greenwich finished the proceedings with 489 points to easily outdistance runnerup Darien (306 points), Ridgefield (293) and Staples (290).
Greenwich took first place in eight of the 12 events.
In the 200 freestyle, Norwalk senior Anthony Dell'Isola was champion in 1:44.70 just ahead of Ridgefield freshman Kieran Smith 1:45.68.
Darien's Duke-bound senior Lee Christensen captured Wednesday's diving crown on his final dive to amass 522.45 points, edging Greenwich's Andrew Bologna (519.75). Christensen and Westhill's Rachel Burston (the FCIAC girls diving champ) received special league awards for their efforts.
In the 100 free, Darien's Patrick Brannigan outtouched two opponents to win in 48.29. North Woods of Staples (48.36) was second with Greenwich's Ed Moss (48.58) in third.
In the grueling 500 free, Staples senior Daniel Williams won by a pool length in 4:37.29. Williams placed second in the 200 IM (1:55.48).
In the 200 IM, GHS senior Thomas Dillinger won by two body lengths in 1:52.27 -- a time worthy of All-American consideration.
Dillinger also captured the 100 breaststroke in an FCIAC meet record time of 55.89. The old mark was 56.63 set in 2009 by New Canaan's Christian Higgins. Dillinger's time was also an automatic All-American time. Dillinger's impressive efforts earned him Most Valuable Swimmer honors.
Greenwich dominated in the 50 free as Moss, a senior, won in 21.72 ahead of teammate Wyatt Semenuk (21.91).
Jack Montesi was also a double champion for Greenwich. He captured the 100 butterfly in 50.54. And Montesi took the 100 backstroke in 51.74.
After eight events, it was clear that the GHS winning tradition would be intact as the Cardinals had 345 points, well ahead of Darien (210), Staples (201) and Ridgefield (177).
The Wreckers relays scored points for the team, finishing second in the 400 freestyle relay, and third in the 200 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay.
"This is a great start to our postseason," Lowe said.
The Class LL meet is scheduled for March 17 at Wesleyan University with the State Open slated for March 21 at Yale