Car­di­nals led by Lynch

Wins 2 in­di­vid­ual events, re­lay to keep Green­wich un­beaten

Greenwich Time - - SPORTS - By Rich DePreta SWIM­MING

NEW CANAAN — In the re­cent decade, the Green­wich High School girls swim­ming pro­gram has seen other FCIAC schools come to the fore­front in this sport.

But the Car­di­nals cap­tured the 2017 FCIAC Girls Swim Cham­pi­onship. And they seem poised to dou­ble down on the feat.

Green­wich im­proved to 8-0 this sea­son Fri­day by post­ing a 110-74 tri­umph over New Canaan High at the New Canaan YMCA pool.

“The post­sea­son is still a few weeks away. We’re still in the thick of train­ing,” Green­wich coach Lor­rie Hokayem said. “Mid-sea­son meets are tough. But our girls put forth some solid races. They did a nice job de­spite fa­tigue (three meets plus hard prac­tices in nine day stretch).”

DEPTH AND STARS EQUAL VIC­TORY

Green­wich was able to break things open in two events Fri­day.

Se­niors Al­li­son Brea and Kort­ney Knud­sen along with sopho­more Ju­lia Lucey swept the gru­el­ing 500 freestyle for 13 points.

And the GHS divers, un­der the tute­lage of coach Sergey Meshch­er­skiy, went 1-2-4 in the event. Se­niors Mad­die Mul­doon (265.20 points) and Annabelle Pol­lack (261.20) took first and sec­ond with ju­nior Reg­gie Frias (254.40) in fourth place.

“The divers al­ways give us a nice boost,” Hokayem said. “They are al­ways so key and so solid. They are a big part of our suc­cess.”

The Car­di­nals star of the af­ter­noon was sopho­more Meghan Lynch.

Lynch swam a leg on GHS’ vic­to­ri­ous, mee­topen­ing 200 med­ley re­lay quar­tet. She then cap­tured the next event, the 200 free in 1:54.53.

Lynch capped her per­for­mance with a win in the 100 breast­stroke. She then swam an­chor in the 400 free re­lay even though GHS swam the event as an ex­hi­bi­tion.

“New Canaan swam well. They are al­ways a good foe,” Hokayem said. “I saw a lot of good things. We are look­ing sharper. The lineup is slowly com­ing to­gether.”

GOOD TEST RUN FOR NEW CANAAN

New Canaan (4-3) will ben­e­fit down the road af­ter fac­ing ri­val Darien (95.585.5 loss) and Green­wich in a three-day span.

“This week was an op­por­tu­nity to work through a span which mir­rors the for­mat of the FCIAC Swim Cham­pi­onship (tri­als, day off, fi­nals in three-day span),” said New Canaan swim coach Kat Mun­son. “I’m happy with the way we came out of this test run.”

Nicole Van­der­lee (50 free, 100 free) was a dou­ble win­ner while Alex Pas­tushan cap­tured the 100 back­stroke for the Rams.

“Our girls swam faster than they did against Darien. They re­ally stepped up when tired,” Mun­son said. “I’m still look­ing at girls in new events. There’s a lot of ver­sa­til­ity in our group.”

Bob Luckey Jr. / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

Green­wich’s Meghan Lynch won the 200 freestyle dur­ing a meet against New Canaan on Fri­day.

Bob Luckey Jr. / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

Green­wich’s Ca­te­rina Li com­petes against New Canaan on Fri­day.

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