After Blue Wave Swim/Dive Team Defeats Three Teams, Competes Against New Canaan on Wednesday

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Darien High School girls swimmers and divers enjoyed a strong start to their season,  defeating Wilton (111-75), Danbury (103 – 70) and St. Joseph (99-74).

At 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 2, Blue Wave swimmers and divers will face the New Canaan Rams in that team’s home pool at the New Canaan YMCA.

 — an announcement from the Blue Wave Swim/Dive Team

Against Danbury, the Blue Wave swept all 12 swim and dive events. In the meet against St. Joseph, DHS swept 7 of 12 events. In both meets, Darien stopped scoring after the eighth event (500 free).

Here are the details from each of the last three events:

Overcoming Wilton 111 to 75

On Friday, Sept. 20, the Darien High School Girls Swim and Dive team opened its season with a decisive victory over Wilton High School.

The Blue Wave placed first in 10 out of 12 events and swept the diving competition, which was held on Tuesday, September 17. The 111 – 75 win was especially sweet for the team’s fourteen seniors as they haven’t beaten the Warriors in a dual meet competition since they were freshmen.

Darien jumped out with the early lead with first-place finishes in the 200 medley relay, 200 free, and 200 IM. The relay team including Meg Erickson, Emma Mansourian, Hope Murray and Natalia Ferranto placed first at 153.55.

Photo by Lauren Spataro

Blue Wave swimmers cheer prior to the Wilton meet on Sept. 20 .

In the 200 free, Kendall Luecke captured first at 158.66 and Maggie Sedlak finished third at 203.10. In the 200 IM, Erickson placed first (217.80) and Gracie Spataro placed third (220.28).

The 50 free race ended in a two-way tie for first place as Ferranto touched the wall at 25.54 along with a Wilton swimmer. Lexi Punishill finished third at 25.88.

The Blue Wave swept the diving competition as Julia Servas placed first (259.35), Lana Schmidt second (224.70) and Lilly Wurm third (194.90).

Darien extended its lead (50 – 28) in the second half of the meet beginning with the 100 fly in which Murray (101.78) and Sedlak (102.63) took second and third places, respectively.

The Blue Wave dominated the distance freestyle events including the 100 free, 500 free and 200 free relay. In the 100 free, Punishill took first place (57.08) and Sloane Latimer finished in third (57.54).

Blue Wave Divers Wilton Sept 2019

Photo by Louise Schmidt

Blue Wave divers pictured after sweeping the diving competition against Wilton on Sept. 17: Diving coach Kyle O’Donnell, Lana Schmidt, Kerry McDermott, Emma Hunter, Pai Easterbrook, Lilly Wurm, Megan Gianunzio, Julia Servas

In the 500 free, Luecke captured first place (519.19) and Erickson finished in third (529.53).

In the 200 free relay, the foursome of Punishill, Ferranto, Latimer and Luecke captured first place (144.65) and teammates Mae Uniacke, Kelsey Olvany, Sedlak and Lily Bradbury finished in third (149.92).

Darien built its lead to 91 – 49 prior to the final three events. Olivia Golden (102.24) and Mansourian (113.25) both placed second in the 100 back and 100 breast events, respectively.

The Blue Wave added the exclamation point to its victory by capturing first and third places in the 400 free. Erickson, Murray, Latimer and Luecke finished first at 346.72 and teammates Punishill, Sedlak, Spataro and Golden captured third at 355.28.

 

Winning Against Danbury 103 to 70

Top three finishes in the Danbury match-up include:

200-yard medley relay:

1. Olivia Golden, Emma Mansourian, Maggie Sedlak, Lexi Punishill (2:00.37)

2. Mae Uniacke, Kelsey Olvany, Emily Kalvaitis, Halle Spataro (2:05.25)

3. Bridget Ritchie, Liv Peters, Hannah Gould, Lauren Fisher (2:13.98)

200 free: 1. Meg Erickson (2:03.88) 2. Gracie Spataro (2:04.35) 3. Hope Murray (2:09.40)

200-yard individual medley: 1. Sedlak (2:23.29) 2. Golden (2:29.54)3. Lily Voigt (2:34.10)

50 free: 1. Natalia Ferranto (25.58) 2. Punishill (26.41) 3. Lily Bradbury (26.76)

1-meter diving: 1. Kerry McDermott (202.85) 2. Pai Easterbrook (164.55) 3. Megan Gianunzio (154.85)

Photo by Lauren Spataro

Blue Wave swimmers pictured at the Danbury meet, from left: Emma Mansourian, Gracie Spataro, Maggie Sedlak, Lexi Punishill, Halle Spataro, Olivia Golden (credit: Lauren Spataro)

100 fly: 1. Kalvaitis (1:06.05) 2. Bradbury (1:06.29) 3. H. Spataro (1:10.09)

100 free: 1. Punishill (58.11) 2. Ferranto (59.12) 3. Sloane Latimer (59.65)

500 free: 1. Sedlak (5:31.05) 2. Golden (5:57.09) 3. Peters (6:08.69)

200 free relay:

1. Punishill, Ferranto, Latimer, Sedlak (1:50.31)

2. Olvany, G. Spataro, Bradbury, Golden (1:51.52)

3. Kendall Miller, Estella Trygg, Anna Carey, Lila Gianukakis (1:59.88)

100 back: 1. Erickson (1:04.97) 2. Murray (1:09.19) 3. Ritchie (1:10.76)

100 breast: 1. Mansourian (1:15.33) 2. G. Spataro (1:19.23) 3. Olvany (1:22.81)

400 free relay:

1. Murray, Bradbury, Erickson, Ferranto (3:55.52)

2. Voigt, Latimer, G. Spataro, H. Spataro (4:14.04)

3. Miller, Ritchie, Kalvaitis, Grace Berry (4:17.52)

 

Beating St. Joseph 99 to 74

Top three finishes in the St. Joseph matchup include:

200-yard medley relay:

1. Olivia Golden, Kelsey Olvany, Hannah Gould, Kendall Luecke (2:01.96)

2. Bridget Ritchie, Liv Peters, Gracie Spataro, Halle Spataro (2:10.00)

200 free: 1. Meg Erickson (2:02.91) 2. Hope Murray (2:09.46)

 200-yard individual medley: 1. Luecke (2:19.85) 3. Maggie Sedlak (2:22.70)

 50 free: 1. Lexi Punishill (26.71) 2. Lily Bradbury (26.85) 3. Golden (27.16)

1-meter diving: 1. Pai Easterbrook (175.30) 2. Megan Gianunzio (165.15) 3. Kerry McDermott (160.90)

Photo by Louise Schmidt

Blue Wave divers pictured with their coach Kyle O’Donnell before the St. Joseph diving competition from left: Megan Gianunzio, Lilly Wurm, Lana Schmidt, Emma Hunter, Kerry McDermott, Julia Servas, Pai Easterbrook

100 fly: 1. Erickson (1:03.76) 2. Emily Kalvaitis (1:06.80)

 100 free: 1. Golden (57.76) 2. Punishill (58.15) 3. Bradbury (59.19)

500 free: 1. G. Spataro (5:26.61) 2. Murray (5:38.53) 3. Lily Voight (6:06.47)

200 free relay:

1. Punishill, Erickson, Sedlak, Bradbury (1:47.52)

2. Olvany, Emily Kalvaitis, Golden, Voight (1:52.82)

 100 back: 1. Luecke (1:03.76) 2. Sedlak (1:06.21) 3. H. Spataro (1:07.20)

100 breast: 1. G. Spataro (1:11.14) 2. Olvany (1:19.23) 3. Peters (1:24.94)

400 free relay:

1. Punishill, Erickson, Murray, Luecke (3:55.56)

2. Sedlak, Kalvaitis, H. Spataro, Bradbury (4:04.99)

3. Kaitlyn Kirby, Voight, Kendall Miller, Grace Berry (4:17.82)

PHOTO CAPTIONS:

 

Blue Wave swimmers pictured at the Danbury meet (left to right) Emma Mansourian, Gracie Spataro, Maggie Sedlak, Lexi Punishill, Halle Spataro, Olivia Golden (credit: Lauren Spataro)

Blue Wave divers pictured with their coach Kyle O’Donnell prior to the St. Joseph diving competition (left to right) Megan Gianunzio, Lilly Wurm, Lana Schmidt, Emma Hunter, Kerry McDermott, Julia Servas, Pai Easterbrook (credit: Louise Schmidt)

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