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Depth charge: Wave blows FCIAC out of the water

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PULLING THE POINTS — Caroline Orem was one of so many scoring plenty at FCIACs for the Wave. (Darien Times/Steven Buono photo)

SWIM-DIVE

Darien girls swim-dive depth had seen it to a one-loss regular season in dual meets.

That was against none other than league power Greenwich, and only by four points.

No wonder then that the Wave dropped a depth charge into the Greenwich pool at FCIACs, blowing the Cardinals out of the water with a 368-336 win over the runner-up hosts on Tuesday.

Rival New Canaan, losing for the first time in two years, was third scoring 309.5.

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BRONZE ON THE BOARD — Caroline Ashcraft finishes up her FCIAC career with a third place dive. (Darien Times/Steven Buono photo)

“We have a real deep team this year and we really showed that,” Darien coach Marj Trifone reportedly said. “We showed that we’re a mentally tough team by finishing ahead of great teams.

“I think we learned a lot from last year.”

Leading the Wave, Olivia Leunis won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:06.25 and was runner-up in the 200 IM.

Leunis came in second in the 200 IM in 2:09.52.

Third in the 100 backstroke was Caroline Orem in 1:00.31.

Diving, taking place at Westhill earlier in the day, Darien’s Caroline Ashcraft was third overall making All-American consideration and All-FCIAC.

“The other three girls placed in the top 16, so they scored points,” diving coach Shannon Eagan said.

Darien divers include Kyla Pech, Olivia Piazza and Molly Klein.

Added Eagan: “Darien was the only team to get more than three girls in the top 16.

“We placed four points higher than Greenwich to hopefully help the swimmers out.”

That they did, helping to push Darien over the top. As did the many outstanding swimmers gaining points up and down its fathomless roster.

Darien was third in the 200 medley relay in 1:52.83 and the Wave was third in the 200 free relay in 1:42.03.

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