Sour season made sweet with second place at states
Losing three dual meets in the regular season, then losing top swimmers for the FCIAC meet, the Wave had one job left to do at states.
Do better, was the task. And Darien did.
They had huge time drops. They all did their job.
— Marj Trifone
“We did a phenomenal job at states,” said Darien coach Marj Trifone following the Wave’s second place finish at the Class L Championships at Wesleyan in Middletown on Wednesday. “I mean, we went to state trials and we put ourselves in the game.”
Darien scored 655 points.
“Deservingly we really are the fourth place team; we really are behind New Canaan and Wilton,” said Trifone. “But, we swam so great, that we put ourselves in heats and we ended up able to get second. No one could believe it.”
Cheshire won with 854, New Canaan came in third with 611, Wilton fourth with 581 at the meet contested by 18 schools.
“I’ve got a young kind of group, it was a tough season,” said Trifone. “And we lost three dual meets. I don’t remember the last time we lost three dual meets. So I was, like, OK, we can’t do anything at FCIACs, so we are just going to grin and bear it and go through the motion.”
The Wave came in 11th at the county meet.
“My wish was to just not get worse than third,” said Trifone. “And we got into trials and we left that night knowing I had gotten those girls into such great heats that we had a shot at getting second.”
It took a first place strategic plan from behind the bench to land the silver finish.
“I had to figure out how I could get them in the race,” Trifone added. “And they just swam so phenomenal. They had huge time drops. They all did their job.”
Cassie Maroney had second place finishes in the 50 free, and 100 free.
“Cassie Maroney had a banner meet,” said Trifone. “Carly Rutledge had a banner meet.”
Rutledge was second in the 200 IM and 500 free.
Isabel Blaze came in third in the 100 fly.
“Isabel Blaze swam injured,” Trifone said. “And hurting so badly, ended up with that 100 fly. So that was very impressive. She was like a Steve Genter swimmer. She was the hero.”
200 Medley Relay
3rd in 1:49.72: Lauren Picard, Brielle Racanelli, Blaze, Maroney
16th in 2:01.38: Caroline Haddad
17th in 1:59.27: Kendall Luecke
2nd in 2:05.83: Rutledge
13th in 2:16.94: Regan Keady
18th in 2:18.03: Picard
19th in 2:18.10: Halle Spataro
2nd in 24.30: Maroney
6th in 25.01: Lexi Punishill
7th in 25.02: Kelsey Vrooman
16th in 25.80: Lizzy Bradley
4th with 374.65 points: Julia Servas
15th with 315.55: Hailey Meier
17th with 310.55: Tate Desautelle
3rd in 57.53: Blaze
8th in 59.84: Vrooman
15th in 1:01.33: Emily Fischer
2nd in 52.69: Maroney
7th in 57.57: Punishill
16th in 56.02: Sloane Latimer
20th in 56.16: Rachel Stobbie
2nd in 5:00.51: Rutledge
11th in 5:16.13: Luecke
16th in 5:27.34: Haddad
18th in 5:26.25: Katie Martin
200 Free Relay
5th in 1:40.42: Punishill, Vrooman, Luecke, Rutledge
6th in 59.90: Lauren Picard
7th in 1:00.23: Keady
22nd in 1:04.71: Madison Aponte
5th in 1:08.72: Racanelli
7th in 1:09.24: Emma Mansourian
12th in 1:10.12: Jennifer Chen
400 Free Relay
3rd in 3:34.22: Punishill, Vrooman, Rutledge, Maroney