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STATE OPEN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS PREVIEW Greenwich aims for for fourth straight title

November 16, 2018

The girls high school swimming season culminates with the CIAC State Open Championships, which takes place Saturday Yale University’s Kiphuth Pool. The 12 p.m. championship meet features the top competitors from the Class LL, L, M and S finals.

Defending champion

Greenwich captured the State Open title last season, totaling 633.5 team points. The Cardinals won four events, including the 200 individual medley, which saw Meghan Lynch set a state record (2:00.08) and the team’s 400-yard freestyle relay squad establish a state record (3:27.00).

Saturday’s top-seeded State Open swimmers

200 medley relay: Weston, 1:45.13; 200 freestyle: Taylor Mathieu, RHAM, 1:51.07; 200 individual medley: Meghan Lynch, Greenwich, 1:59.30; 50 freestyle: Marissa Healy, Staples, 23.76; 100 butterfly: Marissa Healy, Staples, 55.15; 100 freestyle: Sophie Murphy, Cheshire, 51.44; 500 freestyle: Taylor Mathieu, RHAM, 4:55.91; 200 freestyle relay: Staples, 1:36.42; 100 backstroke: Alexa Pappas, Weston, 55.49; 100 breaststroke: Meghan Lynch, Greenwich, 1:02.28; 400 freestyle relay: Greenwich: 3:29.33.

Championship history: Greenwich has won the State Open title the past three years. Prior to that, Darien claimed the State Open championship three straight seasons (2012-2014). The Cardinals swam to the team title each year from 2005 to 2011, with Cheshire winning the championship in 2003 and 2004. Overall, Cheshire has placed first at the State Open Championships 13 times, while Greenwich has swam away with the title 20 times.

Watch out for: Bringing a good amount of swimmers into the meet, Greenwich, Cheshire and Ridgefield has the depth to contend for the team title. Staples and Weston each have top tier swimmers that should provide their respective teams with plenty of points. The State Open Diving Championships, which took place Friday night at Middletown High School, could have a significant impact on the overall team standings. Should Greenwich place several divers among the top five in Friday’s meet, it could have a sizeable edge over its competitors heading into Saturday’s event at Yale.

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