Darien divers edge New Canaan to remain unbeaten in 2018

The Darien divers are perfect so far this season, as they defeated New Canaan on Tuesday to move to 6-0. From left are team co-captains Lana Schmidt and Emma Hunter, Kerry McDermott, Pai Easterbrook, Megan Gianunzio and Julia Servas with head coach Kyle O’Donnell. — Louise Schmidt photo

The 2018 season hasn’t just gone well for the Darien Blue Wave divers. So far, it’s been perfect.

The Wave earned its sixth consecutive victory to open the campaign as they outscored rival New Canaan, 9-7, Tuesday at the New Canaan YMCA.

Junior Julia Servas won the competition with a score of 261.05, beating out New Canaan sophomore Charlotte Frank for the top spot.

Wave junior co-captains Lana Schmidt and Emma Hunter were next for Darien, as Schmidt was fourth with a score of 226.25, and Hunter was fifth at 219.50. Hunter’s tally included the highest score earned on a single dive, as one judge awarded her a 9 on an inward dive pike.

The meet with the Rams represented the first time Darien’s first-year diving coach Kyle O’Donnell squared off against his former diving coach, Joe Somma of New Canaan. O’Donnell, a DHS graduate and All-American diver, was a member of Somma’s storied Whirlwind Diving Team.

The Blue Wave’s rivalry week victory made them 6-0 this season. They had already scored double-digit points in wins over Danbury 13-0, St. Joseph 13-3, Trumbull 11-5, Ridgefield 13-3, and Wilton 10-6.

Darien will face the Westhill/Stamford co-op at 3 p.m., Friday at the Westhill pool, which will be the site of the FCIAC diving championships on Monday, Oct. 29, at 5 p.m.