Roxbury swims to FCSL Championship
STAMFORD -- It is traditional in swimming following championship victories for the winning coach to take a fully-clothed post-meet dip in the pool - voluntary or with the help of the team.
With a legacy like that, it shouldn't be surprising that Roxbury Aquatics Director Rick Lewis has brought a unique twist to the post-victory celebration.
After taking care of all post-meet responsibilities and removing all electrical devices as well as any other items from his pockets, Lewis took a stroll to the towering 3-meter diving platform at Roxbury's outdoor pool.
After checking the wind, Lewis proceeded with a double somersault dive -- but no twist -- making a big splash before being joined by his elated team.
"This victory is about commitment," Lewis said. "It's about 100 athletes coming to practice every day and working hard. And it's about parents understanding how important this FCSL Championship is to Roxbury and postponing vacations accordingly. And it's about the swimmers all reaching down deep for their best performances on this day."
Roxbury Swim & Tennis boys and girls squads amassed 1,291.5 points in the meet, outdistancing Rocky Point Marlins of Greenwich (1,116 pts) and The Lake Club of Wilton (542).
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Newfield Swim Club (538) was fourth followed by Shore & Country Club (532), Riverside Yacht Club (6th, 479), Middlesex of Darien (7th, 425.5), Innis Arden Blue Fish (8th, 387), New Canaan Field Club (9th, 353.5) and Stamford Yacht Club (10th, 352.5) in the field of 31 clubs.
Pacing the effort for Roxbury was Will Montesi, who won the 25-meter Butterfly, 25 Backstroke and 25 Free in the Boys Age 8 and under division while setting two meet records to earn the Outstanding Swimmer Award.
Jack Montesi won the 100 IM and 50 M Backstroke as well as second in the 50 Butterfly in record time in the Boys 12 and under division.
"The 50 breaststroke was the most exciting race because I cut two seconds off my time. All my times were my best of the summer," Bridges said. "Anderson pushed me hard in the 100 IM. Any time I can beat Jeff, it's a nice win."
Ian Robert was a triple champion (Boys 17-and-under 50 backstroke, 50 butterfly, 100 free) for New Canaan Field Club.