NEW HAVEN — In this day and age, maintaining a standard of excellence is to be admired.

The Greenwich High School boys swim program added another chapter to its ever-growing legacy Saturday as the Cardinals rolled to the team title at the State Open Boys Swim Championship at the Yale University’s Kiputh Pool.

For Greenwich and veteran coach Terry Lowe, it was Greenwich’s fourth consecutive State Open title and 13th since 1999.

“What a great job these kids did all season. To finish with a flourish like this is special,” said Lowe, still dripping wet from the traditional champions post-meet dunking in the pool. “This is one of the nicest groups of kids I’ve ever had. They are talented and modest. I will cherish this title. Four straight Open titles says a lot about the seniors.”

Greenwich finished the afternoon with 575.5 points to outdistance runner-up Pomperaug (371.5).

Cheshire (359.5) took third, followed by Darien (347), New Canaan (314) and Fairfield Prep (300).

Rounding out the top 10 were Ridgefield (260), Amity Regional (233), Glastonbury (193) and Brookfield (191). Weston was 11th at 175 while Wilton (155) was 13th.

It was a day where some state records were lowered and many winners earned All-American consideration.

Pacing the effort for Greenwich was senior Jack Montesi. He began his final performance for the Cardinals by winning the 100-yard butterfly and lowering his own state record to :48.32 to qualify as an automatic All-American. Darien senior Zachary Pear was third in :50.67.

Montesi then repeated as State Open champ in the 100 backstroke, punishing his heat (four heats in Yale’s six-lane, 25-yard pool so Top 24 places scored in each individual event) with incredible work on the turns off the wall to win in :50.40.

Pomperaug’s Henry Hu (51.93) was runnerup with Fairfield Prep senior Guido Balderrama (53.29) fouth and New Canaan’s Ed Rudman (53.35) fifth.

Montesi also swam legs in two of Greenwich’s three victorious relays, where Greenwich earned big points. First place in relays is worth 60 points, while individual wins are worth 30.

“I’m lucky to have such talent as well as an amazing group of seniors,” Lowe said. “The kids made my job easy.”

Another State Open individual champion for Greenwich was senior Alex Jahan (100 breaststroke, 56.06, automatic All-American). Jahan was runnerup in the 200 IM.

GHS junior Aedan Lewis was runnerup in the 100 breaststroke while senior Nicholas Hyden was second in the 100 free.

“Living up to our tradition plays a role in our success. And we take the Trials to start state championship season very seriously,” Lewis said. “We all work hard to get our chance to stand on the podium (medals for top six finishers).”

It was a joyous bus ride home for Class M champion Pomperaug as coach Fran Pentino’s group grinded all meet long to take home the Open runner-up plaque.

“This is an outstanding achievement. We knew Greenwich was Greenwich. But our goal was to be in the mix for second place,” Pentino said. “On paper, we looked to be fourth coming in. But we made up ground on Cheshire and Darien. These kids have an amazing work ethic that was rewarded today.”

Another standout individual performance came from Ridgefield sophomore Kieran Smith.

Both the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle were match races between Smith and Cheshire senior Karl Bishop.

Both events ended the same way with Smith outtouching Bishop for both titles.

Smith won the 200 free was 1:38.86 to 1:38.97 and the 500 free 4:26.77 to 4:26.81. Both swimmers qualified as automatic All-Americans in both events.

“They were great races. The key was I closed very well,” Smith said. “Racing against Karl (Bishop) pushes me so hard. I’m shocked and thrilled to be Open champion.”

It was a historic day for New Canaan junior Ed Rudman as he won the 50 Yard free in automatic All-American time of :20.43 to edge Darien senior Patrick Brannigan (:21.61), Wilton senior Derek Benison (:21.71) and Greenwich’s Hyden (:21.77).

rich.depreta@scni.com

STATE OPEN SWIMMING

at Yale

Team scores

Top 10 and regional teams

1. Greenwich 575.5; 2. Pomperaug 371.5; 3. Cheshire 359.5; 4. Darien 347, 5; 5. New Canaan 314; 6. Fairfield Prep 300; 7. Ridgefield 260; 8. Amity 233; 9. Glastonbury 193; 10. Brookfield 191; 11. Weston 175; 13. Wilton 155; 19. Staples 88; 23. ND-West Haven 68; 28. (tie) Newtown 45; 30. New Fairfield 41.5; 34. (tie) Westhill/Stamford 23; 36. (tie) Bethel 16; 39. (tie) Shelton, Norwalk/McMahon and Barlow 15; 44. (tie) Trumbull 9; 46. (tie) Seymour 7; 48. (tie) Oxford 6; 52. (tie) Masuk 2.

Individual results

Winner and regional finishers among top six

200 medley relay: 1. Greenwich (John Montesi, Aedan Lewis, Alexander Jahan, Conrad Moss) 1:33.52; 2. Ridgefield (Kieran Smith, Andrew Bornstein, Kristofer Klemm, Muge Wang) 1:35.58; 3. Fairfield Prep (Liam Colleran, Oliver Rus, Guido Balderrama, Martin Duffy) 1:35.81; 4. Amity (Colin Roy, Benjamin Clemens, Adam Ambrosey, Zachary Babbitz) 1:37.55; 5. Pomperaug (Henry Hu, Matthew Widlar, John Fimmano, Jack Muratori) 1:37.77; 6. New Canaan (Trey Oehmler, Peter Sloan, Luke Stewart, Edward Rudman) 1:37.82; 200 freestyle: 1. Kieran Smith (Ridgefield) 1:38.86; 6. John Feller (Pomperaug) 1:42.61; 200 IM: 1. James Huang (Simsbury) 1:52.39; 2. Alexander Jahan (Greenwich) 1:53.28; 5. Oliver Rus (Fairfield Prep) 1:55.57; 6. Aedan Lewis (Greenwich) 1:55.74; 50 freestyle: 1. Edward Rudman (New Canaan) 20.43; 2. Patrick Brannigan (Darien) 21.61; 3. Gregory Krentsa (Brookfield) 21.74; 4. Nicholas Hyden (Greenwich) 21.77; 6. Harrison Knapp (Staples) 21.89; 100 butterfly: 1. John Montesi (Greenwich) 48.32 (state record); 3. Zachary Pear (Darien) 50.67; 5. Guido Balderrama (Fairfield Prep) 51.51; 6. John Feller (Pomperaug) 51.60; 100 freestyle: 1. Jack Doherty (Middletown) 45.59; 2. Nicholas Hyden (Greenwich) 46.69; 3. Patrick Brannigan (DarieN) 47.04; 4. Colin Roy (Amity) 47.05; 5. Daniel McNamara (Pomperaug) 47.11; 500 freestyle: 1. Kieran Smith (Ridgefield) 4:26.77 (state record); 5. Alfred Hansen (ND-West Haven) 4:39.42; 200 freestyle relay: 1. Greenwich (Aedan Lewis, Conrad Moss, Patrick Clisham, Nicholas Hyden) 1:25.43; 2. Pomperaug (John Feller, Riley Shay, Jack Muratori, Daniel McNamara) 1:26.31; 4. New Canaan (Charles Adl, Bhaskar Abhiraman, Matthew Evans, Edward Rudman) 1:27.33; 6. Darien (Kevin Grune, Chris Zhang, Tahj Thompson, Patrick Brannigan) 1:29.87; 100 backstroke: 1. John Montesi (Greenwich) 50.40; 2. Henry Hu (Pomperaug) 51.93; 4. Guido Balderrama (Fairfield Prep) 53.29; 5. Edward Rudman (New Canaan) 53.35; 6. Colin Roy (Amity) 53.55; 100 breaststroke: 1. Alexander Jahan (Greenwich) 56.66; 2. Aedan Lewis (Greenwich) 57.65; 3. Andrew Bornstein (Ridgefield) 57.66; 4. Oliver Rus (Fairfield Prep) 57.86; 5. Clayton Morikawa (Weston) 58.33; 6. Charles Palsho (Weston) 58.61; 400 freestyle relay: 1. Greenwich (John Montesi, Nicholas Handali, Patrick Clisham, Nicholas Hyden) 3:07.58; 3. Pomperaug (John Feller, Riley Shay, Henry Hu, Daniel McNamara) 3:10.08; 4. Darien (Zachary Pear, Tahj Thompson, Chris Zhang, Patrick Brannigan) 3:13.78; 5. Fairfield Prep (Oliver Rus, Stanislav Yarmoussik, Benjamin Fox, Guido Balderrama) 3:14.49; 6. New Canaan (Trey Oehmler, Matthew Evans, Bhaskar Abhiraman, Charles Adl) 3:15.34.