NEW CANAAN — Watching rivals Greenwich and New Canaan compete Tuesday, it was apparent why the Cardinals and Rams were two of the three top girls swimming teams in the state last season. From the first event (the 200-yard medley relay) to the final one (the 400 freestyle relay), to the efforts on the diving board, there was plenty to be impressed with from both traditionally strong squads.

New Canaan recorded first-place finishes in eight of the 12 events, but Greenwich had a little more going for it in the depth department — an aspect that proved to be the difference. Gaining the majority of those all-important second- and third-place finishes, Greenwich remained undefeated, topping New Canaan, 100-84, before a large crowed at the New Canaan YMCA.

“We swam really well and our team was really pumped up to swim against New Canaan,” Cardinals coach Lorrie Hokayem said. “New Canaan is always a great team and they have really fast kids, so it was fun to have a close meet like this today.”

The Rams (3-1) saw senior tri-captains Meghan Egan, Katie Colwell and Libby O’Hare win two individual events apiece.

“Our three captains did their role and won their races,” Rams coach David Fine said. “We need our younger swimmers, the next leaders of the team, to rise to the occasion. We did very well, but we got beat on depth today.”

Greenwich (5-0) received a winning effort from the foursome of Samantha Scott, Brooke Collins, Kelly Montesi and Sophia Jahan in the 200 medley relay (1:52.39) to start the meet. Colwell won the 200 freestyle for the Rams in 1:58.21, followed by Greenwich’s Lilly Clisham and Sarah Bellamy. Colwell also took first in the 100 freestyle, touching the wall in 53.71. Scott (54.87) and Jahan (56.46) placed second and third, respectively.

In the 200 individual medley, Egan registered a winning time of 2:10.31. Collins of Greenwich was the runner-up (2:13.12) and Lizzy Colwell finished third (2:16.64).

“The IM is the most nerve-wracking event for me because I put so much into it,” said Egan, the defending State Open champion in the 200 IM. “I just sprint everything. Greenwich has such good girls swimming the IM, which makes it a lot of fun.”

Said Fine: “Egan always steps us and rises to the occasion. If I put her in different races, she is going to win those races.”

O’Hare of New Canaan touched out the competition in the 50 freestyle (25.24), but GHS placed 2-3-4 in the event, behind Jahan, Taylor Schinto and Ainsleigh Winget. The Cardinals, who led 35-27 after the 50 freestyle, opened a 47-31 advantage following the one-meter diving event.

Kate Russack continued her standout sophomore season, earning a first-place score of 264.05 in diving. Teammate Annabelle Pollack was second, followed by Claire Ross of the Rams.

“Today I was really consistent,” Russack said. “If you are not consistent and miss one dive it is hard to get back up there. Confidence is very important, this is a mental sport, so you have to be in a good state of mind.”

Said Hokayem: “Our divers did a great job, they gave us a huge boost. They have been keeping us in meets all season.”

Egan won the 100 butterfly in 59.31 for the Rams, who finished two points behind the Cards for second place at last year’s State Open Championships.

“Greenwich beat us by just a few points last year, so that stung a lot,” Egan said. “A lot of our top swimmers and their top swimmers are even at this point, which makes it a fun competition.”

Montesi was the runner-up in the 100 butterfly (59.69) and placed second behind Scott (1:01.20) in the 100 backstroke.

“This was definitely a big meet for us,” Montesi said. “We are very close in competition and barely beat them at the Open last year. We knew we had to swim our hardest. It’s difficult, because it’s the middle of the season, but we’re all doing really well.”

Bellamy finished first in the 500 freestyle (5:29.99), teammate Emily Warner took second (5:32.22) and Madeline Castle of New Canaan (5:37.58) took third. O’Hare was the 100 breastroke winner in 1:08.79, followed by Lizzy Colwell (1:09.40) and Collins (1:11.62). The Rams had first-place finishes in the 200 and 400 freestyle relay events.

“We have been doing a lot of endurance training, pushing ourselves the second half of each race even when we are tired,” Bellamy said. “Even when we are tired, we come back stronger. Today was one of our biggest challenges, so we pushed ourselves to go faster.”; 203-625-4423

Greenwich 100,

New Canaan 84

200-yard medley relay — 1. Greenwich (Samantha Scott, Brooke Collins, Kelly Montesi, Sophia Jahan) 1:52.39; 200-yard freestyle — 1. Katie Colwell (NC) 1:58.21; 200 individual medley — 1. Meghan Egan (NC) 2:10.31; 50 freestyle — 1. Libby O’Hare (NC) 25.34; Diving — 1. Kate Russack (G) 264.05; 100 butterfly — Meghan Egan (NC) 59.31; 100 freestyle — 1. Katie Colwell (NC) 53.71; 500 freestyle — 1. Sarah Bellamy (G) 5:29.99; 200 freestyle relay — 1. New Canaan (Libby O’Hare, Meghan Egan, Maddie Smith, Katie Colwell) 1:42.45; 100 backstroke — 1. Samantha Scott (G) 1:01.20; 100 breaststroke — 1. Libby O’Hare (NC) 1:08.79; 400 freestyle relay — 1. New Canaan (Meghan Egan, Caroline Sweeney, Lizzie Colwell, Katie Colwell) 3:46.38.