SWIMMING Hopkins captures FAA swimming title; Greenwich Academy takes second
Host Hopkins School gave the home crowd plenty to cheer about, winning the FAA Swimming Championships on Saturday, while Greenwich Academy also made its mark, placing second in the team standings.
Hopkins won the meet’s opening event — the 200-yard medley relay — with a time of 1:48.73. In the 200-yard freestyle, Hopkins’ Cristin Earley touched the wall first in 1:54.79. Greenwich Academy senior Kate Brush placed second (1:58.71), followed by Elizabeth Xia of Greenwich Academy (2:02.63).
“We obviously, wanted to win the meet, but we were down several swimmers,” Greenwich Academy coach Michael Sabala said. “However, we were focused on who was there and the kids who were there swam very well.”
Senior Kate Hazlett of Greenwich Academy was the 200 individual medley champion, posting a time of 2:08.87. Hopkins’ Elisabeth Hartog was the runner-up (2:12.89), followed by Elisa Taylor of Sacred Heart Greenwich (2:19.88).
The 50-yard freestyle saw Vivian Mudry take top honors with a time of 25.68 seconds. Emmy Sammons of the Gators was a close second in 25.80 and right behind her was Grace Lillis of Sacred Heart (25.89).
The FAA diving winner was Greenwich Academy’s Annie Bingle, who totaled 445.70 points. Elena Savas of the Hilltoppers was the runner-up (389.05), followed by Charlotte Duty (Greenwich Academy, 323.15). Piper Van Wagenen from Sacred Heart was fourth on the 1-meter diving board (373.50).
The Harvard-bound Hazlett won the 100 butterfly title in a pool-record time of 56.71 seconds. Teammate Claire Michalik took second (58.62) and Veronica Yarovinsky of Hopkins was third (1:001.10).
In the 100 freestyle, Hopkins’ Ava Hamblett had a first-place finish 53.78. Emma O’Connor from Sacred Heart got the second-place medal (55.53) and Avery Sammons of GA took third in 55.60.
Brush garnered the first-place medal in the 500 freestyle (5:09.88), while teammate Hutton Saunders was the runner-up (5:11.33).
In the 200 freestyle relay, Madeleine Holden, Brush, Michalik and Avery Sammons combined for a winning time of 1:37.77 for the Gators.
“Our team really did perform very well,” Sabala said. “We had a lot of lifetime best times. Everyone is excited to swim their best at the New England Championships (this weekend) at Deerfield Academy.”
Earley was the 100 backstroke winner in 56.88 seconds, followed by Michalik (58.00). Mudry won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:05.03 and Sacred Heart’s Erin Quigley finished second in 1:08.92. Hutton Saunders was third in 1:09.46 and right after her came teammate Avery Sammons (1:09.56).