Tigers fall to Greenwich...
Last year, Greenwich (GA) and Brunswick "arrived." After years of hard work building their programs, in 2017 GA swam to a their first dual meet win over Suffield and to a convincing victory at the D1 New Englands. Brunswick earned third place at NEs, behind Andover and Suffield, and raised a mighty challenge to Suffield in their dual meet. Now, Suffield is the challenger. GA had an easy time disposing of SA's depleted girls' squad, and Brunswick had won the boys' meet before the final 400 free relay stepped up on the blocks.
Wins were hard to come by against the talented Greenwich-based day schools. Sydney Winters and Max Miranda cruised to victories in two events each. Winters won the 100 fly and 100 breaststroke (1:05.65), setting a pool record in the latter event, while Miranda claimed two pool records at the Mehra Natatorium at Brunswick, in the 200 (1:40.29) and 500 (4:33.45) freestyle. Charlie Tilney-Volk (diving) and Joe Rusnock (100 breast) were the only other individual event winners, wile the 400 free relay quartet (Devina Bhalla, Samantha Hagberg, Shaun Johnson, Sydney Winters) closed the girls' meet with a decisive win in the event.
Though the conditions during the diving event were challenging, the SA divers rose to the occasion and dove very well for not having had too many away meets this season. Greenwich and Suffield had four girls apiece, and though GA took the top spot, Carlin Molander and Emma Krasemann were able to take the 2nd and 3rd spots with 214.5 and 207.6 efforts, respectively. Grace Reeves dove a respectable 148.35, while Anna Wilcox, diving exhibition, earned a lifetime best of 165.075. While Brunswick had no divers, the boys of SA noticed that the pool record was an achievable 234.5. With that being the goal, the terrific trio of Charlie Tilney-Volk, Kevin Kuzmeski and Alec Wright took to the boards. At the end of the competition, two out of the three of them had beaten the mark. Tilney-Volk earned the top score with a 252.3, Kuzmeski came in second with a 240.3, and Wright, having had trouble on his last dive, earned a 180.45.
Back on the swimming front, just behind the frontrunners, many SA swimmers performed well. Brett Smith (55.47) and Marco Secchiaroli (55.95) swam to fine times in the 100 back, in a very close race with Brunswick's Cole Pierce, and Shaun Johnson ably raced GA All American Kate Hazlett in the 50 back, 50 free, and 100 back. Caitlin Lally came back from illness to post solid times in the 50 back, 200 IM and 500 free, as did Daisy Fauver in the 100 free. Oscar Ceria swam well in he 50 free and 100 breast, James Muslu improved his time in the backstroke, Neil Budge swam well in the relays, and Jenna Daly equaled her PB in the 500 free.