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Only the second time in 35 years Wave’s won FCIACs

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Darien High’s FCIAC Champions.

SWIM-DIVE

As far as special occasions go, this one beat out even New Year’s Eve. You can at least count on celebrating that blowout each and every year.

Not so with the Wave’s blowout win in the pool at FCIACs.

“It’s only the second time in 35 years,” said coach Marj Trifone of Darien girls swim-dive’s first place at the county championship meet in Greenwich on Tuesday.

They were certainly on their times. It was a nice place to be.

— Marj Trifone

The Wave beat second place Greenwich 368-336, with rival New Canaan unseated as champs after a two-year reign, scoring 309.5 points.

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.

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Caroline Ashcraft makes the plunge. She was third in the diving finals. (Darien Times/Steven Buono file photo)

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.

And it’s not like Darien drained its reserves to make this happen, with states and the state open ahead of it.

“We swim it very conservatively and we don’t get ready for that meet,” said Trifone. “But I thought they did a wonderful job being very mentally tough this year.

“Where as last year, they crumbled to the (pressure). They’re very tough as a group. They know they have a lot of depth.”

Darien was third in the 200 medley relay in 1:52.83 with Caroline Orem, Victoria Chao, Leunis and Amanda Bieler, and the Wave was third in the 200 free relay in 1:42.03. Freshman Lauren Rutledge, Francesca Milewski, Leunis and Courtney Ferreira did the honors there.

“They didn’t have any real spectacular swims,” Trifone said. “They were certainly on their times. It was a nice place to be.”

Full Wave finishes

200 Medley Relay

Third place: in 1:52.83

200 Free

Fourth place: Courtney Ferreira in 1:57.58

Ninth place: Amanda Bieler in 1:58.77

16th place: Julia Stobbie in 2:01.99

21st place: Mackenzie Coughlin in 2:04.82

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Julia Stobbie helps make up Darien’s title-winning depth. (Darien Times/Steven Buono file photo)

200 IM

Second place: Olivia Leunis in 2:09.52

Sixth place: Caroline Orem in 2:14.88

13th place: Lia Barsanti in 2:21.79

14th place: Victoria Chao in 2:22.35.

50 Free

Seventh place: Lauren Rutledge in 25.42

13th place: Francesca Milewski in 26.32

17th place: Emily Nixon in 26.44

25th place: Jessica Chen in 26.99

100 Fly

Ninth place: Maggie Orem in 1:02.85

13th place: Coughlin in 1:03.47

16th place: Maddie Burke in 1:04.48

21st place: Natalie Grune in 1:05.52

100 Free

Sixth place: Bieler in 55.09

11th place: Rutledge in 56.36

14th place: Nixon in 57.13

17th place: Milewski in 57.45

500 Free

Fourth place: Ferreira in 5:16.01

Eighth place: Stobbie in 5:24.34

10th place: Sam Schrenker in 5:26.61

11th place: Elizabeth Kearney in 5:26.01

200 Free Relay

Third place: in 1:42.03

100 Backstroke

Third place: Caroline Orem in 1:00.31

Seventh place: Kearney in 1:02.35

10th place: Claire Treesh in 1:03.33

11th place: Rebecca Maroney in 1:03.48

100 Breaststroke

First place: Leunis in 1:06.25

Sixth place: Chao in 1:10.96

Eighth place: Barsanti in 1:12.59

10th place: Megan Slaughter in 1:12.75

400 Free Relay

Fifth Place: Caroline Orem, Stobbie, Ferreira, Bieler in 3:40.61

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