Leunis a double-winner, Orem takes backstroke gold for Class L Champion Wave

Coach Trifone makes it 11 titles at states


Sam Schrenker, part of the Wave’s overpowering 2012 depth. (Darien Times/Steven Buono photo)


Updated Thursday, Nov. 15 — Blowouts don’t get much more blown or out than this.

Darien girls swim-dive scored 942 points to second place New Canaan’s 707 to win the Class L championship at Southern on Wednesday.

The biggest number of all might be 11 — for long-time coach Marj Trifone’s number of time’s she’s now won states.

“We had a so-so state final meet,” said Trifone. “Some people swam good. Some people swam, OK.”

Wilton was third with 567 in the meet competed by 20 schools.

Olivia Leunis was a double-winner in the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke, and Caroline Orem is the new champion in the 100 backstroke.

Caroline Ashcraft won the diving event on Friday.

“I knew I had a group of girls this year that had just a tenacious work ethic,” said Trifone. “It surpasses all my other years in terms of the whole group working for something collectively.”

Wave results

200 Medley Relay

Second: Caroline Orem, Olivia Leunis, Victoria Chao and Lauren Rutledge in 1:50.12

200 Free

Second place tie: Amanda Bieler, Courtney Ferreira both in 1:54.65

11th: Maggie Orem in 1:59.84

18th: Mackenzie Coughlin in 2:01.55

200 IM

First: Olivia Leunis in 2:05.93

Third: Caroline Orem in 2:10.56

Sixth: Julia Stobbie in 2:15.39

Ninth: Lia Barsanti in 2:15.68

50 Free

Sixth: Lauren Rutledge in 25.13

Eighth: Francesca Milewski in 25.20

12th: Emily Nixon in 25.91

100 Fly

Fifth: Maggie Orem in 1:01.17

Sixth: Maddie Burke in 1:02.36

Seventh: Mackenzie Coughlin in 1:02.45

12th: Natalie Grune in 1:02.95

100 Free

Third: Amanda Bieler in 53.68

Sixth: Lauren Rutledge in 54.55

12th: Francesca Milewski in 55.74

13th: Emily Nixon in 55.97

500 Free

Third: Courtney Ferreira in 5:09.16

Fourth: Samantha Schrenker in 5:10.92

Seventh: Elizabeth Kearney in 5:19.03

Eighth: Julia Stobbie in 5:21.90

200 Free Relay

Second: Lauren Rutledge, Courtney Ferreira, Olivia Leunis and Amanda Bieler in 1:39.56

100 Backstroke

First: Caroline Orem in 58.58

Fourth: Elizabeth Kearney in 1:00.52

Fifth: Claire Treesh in 1:00.69

Sixth: Rebecca Maroney in 1:01.03

100 Breaststroke

First: Olivia Leunis in 1:04.63

Fourth: Victoria Chao in 1:08.55

Fifth: Lia Barsanti in 1:08.83

Seventh: Megan Slaughter in 1:09.74

400 Free Relay

Second: Amanda Bieler, Caroline Orem, Julia Stobbie and Courtney Ferreira in 3:35.76

Now, it’s all out in the open

“I didn’t swim some who I am really looking for big swims from on Saturday,” Trifone said. “I’m hoping, that we can follow through and finish it off. We do have to bring it home. We do have to believe that it is a possibility.”

Finishing it off this year, means that the focus instantly switches ahead to the Yale pool on Saturday and what is Darien’s best shot ever at taking opens.

The diving portion of the meet takes place a day before at Plainville.

“We’re about 23 points (from the top),” said Trifone of how the Wave stands after trials. “That’s really close.”

And never has it been any closer for Darien going in, with the meet set to go off at noon on Saturday.

“Because you can move up and down,” Trifone said. “I mean, the meet is, I don’t know, a thousand-point meet. So 23 points is nothing.

“But, we’ve got to work.”

The team that usually wins, but was upset by Darien at FCIACs this year, Greenwich, is making it its life’s work to beat the Wave.

“It’s going to be a battle, because they have a great coach,” said Trifone. “They’re a strong team, they have powerful relays and they will be ready.

“Because they have gone for the open every year since I’ve been involved in this. They are there every year.”

That’s going back the past couple of decades as coach, and more as a Wave swimmer for Trifone.

“And this is really the first year that, we’re going for the open,” she said.

It’s all down, and down deep, with depth.

“And fortunately a lot of my depth got into opens,” she added. “I was really happy with that.”

Darien has entrants in every event. Like looking to snare the open meet for the first time in school history, that too is a first.

“I’ve got four people in the five, four people in the back, four people in the breast,” said Trfone.

And it goes on.

“And I think, you know, I told the girls whatever happens now, it’s up to them. They’ve been trained. They’ve got to go in there and want it. Their mentality takes over whether they believe they can do something that they’ve never done before.”

You can’t do it for them?

“The coaching’s over.”

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