NEW CANAAN — Girls Swimming is a sport that gears up for the postseason.
The Darien-New Canaan rivalry provided a fine regular season dress rehearsal Wednesday at the New Canaan YMCA natatorium.
And when the waves stopped cresting, Darien remained unbeaten as its depth helped fashion a 102-84 win.
“This was a very good meet. It’s always a good challenge when we get together with New Canaan,” said Darien coach Marj Trifone. “It’s a good competitive yardstick since both teams are in the same division for the state meets.”
Each squad had six first-place finishes. Darien (4-0) collected seven runnerup slots and seven third-place berths to build the final margin of victory.
The Blue Wave had a strong mix of youth and experience among its winners. Freshmen Meg Erickson, Natalia Ferranto, sophomore Liv Peters along with a quartet of frosh and sophomores in the victorious 400 free relay represented the newcomers.
Junior Kendall Luecke and seniors Lexi Punishill and Bridget Richie brought their veteran talents to bear for Darien.
“You never quite know what you’ll get from the freshmen,” Darien’s Trifone said. “I thought our freestyle swimmers were very good. We had lots of personal best times. This meet is always very spirited.”
New Canaan (3-2) had some fine individual performances.
Junior Maddie Haley swam the opening leg on the Rams’ victorious 200 medley relay, won the 500 free and the 100 backstroke.
Freshman Kelci Haley was part of the winning 200 medley relay and captured the 100 butterfly. Freshman Abby Bleil was part of the winning 200 medley relay and took first place in the 100 breaststroke.
Sophomore Olivia Quinn won the one-meter diving (eight rounds) just ahead of junior teammate Charlotte Frank.
“We have an incredibly young team. It was useful to see them in a high pressure situation. It’s something new for many of our swimmers,” said New Canaan coach Kat Munson. “Our girls rose to the occasion. We had a number of personal best times. With the rivalry, they were swimming for something bigger than themselves. The rivalry and this environment brings out the magic.”
DARIEN 102, NEW CANAAN 84
200 Medley Relay: 1, New Canaan (Maddie Haley, Abby Bleil, Kelci Haley, Skylar Mascarinas) 1:52.46; 2, Darien 1:54.53; 3, Darien 2:02.64. 200 Free: 1, Kendall Luecke (D) 1:59.62; 2, Maggie Sedlak (D) 1:58.63; 3, Alex Mehos (NC) 2:00.62. 200 IM: 1, Meg Erickson (D) 2:17.52; 2, Grace Spataro (D) 2:18.96; 3, Kelci Haley (NC) 2:19.14. 50 Free: 1, Natalia Ferranto (D) 25.34; 2, Lexi Punishill (D) 25.65; 3, Skylar Mascarinas (NC) 25.77. Diving (one-meter): 1, Olivia Quinn (NC) 238.40 points; 2, Charlotte Frank (NC) 234.66; 3, Julia Servas (D) 206.30. 100 Butterfly: 1, Kelci Haley (NC) 1:01.01; 2, Alex Mehos (NC) 1:01.09; 3, Maggie Sedlak (D) 1:01.23. 100 Free: 1, Lexi Punishill (D) 56.53; 2, Skylar Mascarinas (NC) 57.16; 3, Sloane Latimer (D) 58.08. 500 Free: 1, Maddie Haley (NC) 5:19.01; 2, Kendall Luecke (D) 5:22.40; 3, Meg Erickson (D) 5:25.97. 200 Free Relay: 1, Darien (Punishill, Sedlak, Ferranto, Luecke) 1:44.76; 2, New Canaan 1:47.22; 3, Darien 1:48.99. 100 backstroke: 1, Maddie Haley (NC) 58.82; 2, Olivia Golden (D) 1:01.01; 3, Lilli Rivas (NC) 1:05.67. 100 breaststroke: 1, Abby Bleil (NC) 1:10.42; 2, Emma Mansourian (D) 1:12.67; 3, Sophia Yee (NC) 1:16.21. 400 Free Relay: 1, Darien (Punishill, Sloane Latimer, Erickson, Luecke) 3:47.60; 2, New Canaan 3:53.35; 3, Darien 3:54.64. Records: Darien 4-0, New Canaan 3-2.