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High School Roundup GHS swimmers improve to 2-0

September 15, 2018

Saturday marked just the second meet of the young season for the Greenwich High School girls swimming team, yet it already resembles a squad in mid-season form.

Showcasing its depth in each event, the defending State Open, Class LL and FCIAC champion Cardinals raised their record to 2-0 with a 124-62 win over visiting Glastonbury in the team’s annual non-conference, early-season competition against each other.

“Our seniors and some of our veteran swimmers are leading the way with some really good times at the beginning of the season,” GHS coach Lorrie Hokayem said. “It’s nice to see our freshmen and sophomores putting up some great times.”

The meet began with Greenwich’s Samantha Ennis, Meghan Lynch, Hannah Seward and Alexandra de la Sierra winning the 200-yard medley relay in 1:50.44. Senior Emily Warner of Greenwich touched the wall first in the 200 freestyle (2:02.19), followed by teammate Allison Brea (2:03.87) and Kortney Knudsen (2:06.82), also seniors.

Lynch, a sophomore, was the 200 individual medley winner in 2:06.57. She is the defending State Open champion in the event, posting All-American times.

“In the IM, I’m pretty sure I’m faster than how I started off last year, so I’m happy with that,” Lynch said. “We should be good in each event, because we have a lot of depth in each event.”

Caterina Li of GHS was the runner-up in the 200 IM (2:15.81). The 50 freestyle saw Glastonbury sophomore Katarina Dominguez place first in 25.48 seconds. Greenwich’s Jenna Handali was second in 25.98.

The Cardinals showed their strength on the 1-meter diving board, registering a 1-2-3 finish. Senior Maddie Muldoon of the Cardinals captured top honors, totaling 258.05 points. Annabelle Pollack, a senior, was second (249.95), while junior Casey Kirsch (237.15) finished third for the Cards.

“I felt pretty strong with how I did, overall it was a good performance,” Muldoon said. “My full twist one-and-a half and my front double pike were pretty good dives for me.”

Said Hokayem: “Our divers had another fantastic day. Annabelle and Maddie both put up top scores. We’re lucky to have such a great, talented group of divers.”

In the 100-yard butterfly, Seward took the lead toward the end of her first lap and increased it in the second on her way to winning the event (57.99). Teammate Emma Robinson was second (1:03.84), followed by Glastonbury’s Rachel Davis (1:04.30).

Lynch, who competes in the 100 backstroke a lot, raced in the 100 freestyle Saturday and promptly touched the wall in 52.59. She took the lead from the start and built it each lap.

“I was only like a second off my time, which is cool to see at this point of the season,” Lynch said. “Hopefully by the end of the season I’ll be doing really good times.”

Handali was the runner-up in the 100 freestyle (55.36) and Dominguez of Glastonbury took third (57.81). Brea and Warner each posted the top time in the 500 freestyle (5:23.28).

“It is one of the longer races that we swim, so I knew I had to get out there ahead and get a lead,” Brea said. “We ended up tying at the end, which was a lot of fun for me and Emily. We had a lot of good swims and showed a lot of potential for bigger meets in the future.”

In the 200 freestyle relay, Lynch, Warner, Handali and de la Sierra touched the wall first in 1:43.15. Ennish posted the best time in the 100-yard backstroke (1:01.63), while Li had the top time in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.08). Glastonbury won the 400 freestyle relay in 3:49.13.

Greenwich hosts Wilton Monday at 4:30 p.m.

GREENWICH HIGH GIRLS SOCCER

Greenwich dueled to a 0-0 draw against Fairfield Ludlowe in an FCIAC road match on Saturday morning.

The Cardinals’ record is 0-3-1 following the tie.

“It was a hard-fought battle which both teams could have won with better finishing,” GHS coach Simon Rumbold said. “Defensively, we were organized again and had some good periods of play that going forward, we can build on.”

Rumbold credited senior Sophia Ruelle for leading the team’s strong defensive play and Clay Garrett’s effective play in goal.

Also leading the Cardinals were Eduarda Da Silva, Naomi Kostman and Jordan Moses. Greenwich registered seven shots on goal for the game. Up next for Greenwich is a home game against St. Joseph on Thursday.

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