New Canaan swims past rival Darien in close meet
Published 5:25 pm, Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Host New Canaan High School's boys' swimming and diving team outlasted rival Darien 100-86 at the YMCA last Friday. The Rams had eight first-place results and a one-two-three finish in the 100-yard breaststroke event, the second to last competition of the meet, to seal the win. The Rams improved to 5-3 overall and Darien dropped to 4-3.
"I knew it was going to be tight all the way throughout and our boys really stepped up," New Canaan Coach Jason Paige said. "We knew it was going to be a big meet. Darien didn't want to lose the meet and we didn't want to lose the meet. We battled it out and it was a great effort by our guys. It was definitely a great effort by both teams."
A big difference-maker in the meet was New Canaan's depth in the relay events, as well as in the breaststroke. New Canaan got first and third in each the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay races, and earned second and third in the 400 relay.
New Canaan's 200 medley contingent of Brian Bodick, Ned Thunern, Stephen Skaperdas and Chris Laird won the race in a time of 1:43.10. The 200 free relay group of John Santoro, Patrick Sweeney, Austin Wolff and Jason Potter won in 1:32.28. Other first-place New Canaan finishers were as follows: Potter won the 200 free in 1:47.36, Ian Robert was first in the 50 free in 22.79, Wolff captured the 100 butterfly event in 48.42, Potter won the 100 free in 48.42, Robert won the 100 backstroke in 56.53 and Santoro won the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.90.
"It's been a while since we've seen our kids actually rise up and race like they did today," said Paige, whose team has been slowed, in part, by limited practices thanks to snow days. "It gives them some encouragement as we go into the end of the year." The Rams are gearing up for the postseason which begins in early March and Paige anticipates another battle with Darien in the FCIAC Championships.
Sweeney said the atmosphere was great with the bleachers packed with fans for Senior Night. "It was kind of nice to see some school support," he said.
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The Rams are not sitting back and enjoying this win. They're looking ahead to the postseason. "We've really come back strong," said New Canaan's Sweeney, referring to the team's 0-2 start. "We're looking forward to states and FCIACs, and Opens -- and making some noise."