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Ashcraft aces Class L

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Caroline Ashcraft finished in first by nearly 30 points. (Darien Times/Steven Buono file photo)

DIVING

Updated Tuesday, Nov. 13 — Caroline Ashcraft won the Class L state diving title by a wide margin at Middletown today.

Ashcraft, a senior who finished third at FCIACs on Tuesday, upped her game to score a first with 423.95 points.

The swimming portion of the meet is at Southern CT State at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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It was Ashcraft’s last time competing at states. But now she goes for the state open. (Darien Times/Steven Buono photo)

Darien’s Olivia Piazza, a junior, came in seventh with 310.25.

Junior Molly Klein and sophomore Kyle Pech finished back-to-back in ninth and 10th respectively, scoring 306.95 and 305.35 points.

“Obviously a great night,” said Wave coach Shannon Eagan. “I know Caroline was pleased, as she had won the class meet as a sophomore.

“She truly just kept her head in the game and took one dive at a time — which I know sounds like a cliché — but is truly the key to being able to compete 11 dives over 3.5 hours; waiting approximately 15 minutes between each dive.”

The rest of the girls helped charge her up.

“In order to win a state championship, it obviously takes a great work ethic and some natural talent,” Eagan said. “Caroline was also given strength by her teammates, who were all diving very well themselves, but also cheering for Caroline’s win.”

They had plenty to cheer themselves.

“The other girls did incredibly well,” added Eagan. “We scored a total of 88 points as a team, the highest in the meet, with New Canaan placing second with points.”

It’s far from over, as far as the chase for medals goes.

“Caroline certainly has her sights set on opens,” said Eagan. “It will be a tough battle but she is capable and it would be an amazing way to culminate her four years as a Blue Wave diver.

“And, with the swimmers having their sights set on winning state open for the first time in DHS history, a win by Caroline would be awesome.”

 

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