MIDDLETOWN — The Greenwich High School diving foursome gave the GHS girls swim team another big push Thursday night toward a State Open swim crown.
The Cardinals placed three divers in the top seven at the State Open diving at Middletown High School’s Baldwin-Parmalee pool.
Defending State Open diving champ Kate Russack was resolute but could not repeat. She finished third with 481.50 points behind Open champion Claire Ross of New Canaan (498.60) and Bethel’s Farrah Volpintesta (481.75).
“Claire and Farrah dove so well. It was an intense competition,” Russack said. “But for Greenwich to put three people in the top seven is so cool.”
Maddie Muldoon of GHS was sixth in the field of 24 with 458.65 points. Teammate Casey Kirsch was one tenth of a point behind (458.55) as she finished with great dives down the stretch.
Greenwich’s Annabelle Pollack amassed 422.65 on the night.
“Kate was so strong. I’m so proud of all our divers,” said Greenwich coach Sergey Meshcherskiy.”Annabelle (Pollack) had a short season due to injuries but acquitted herself well tonight. Casey (Kirsch) and Maddie (Muldoon) were so consistent tonight. They made no big mistakes. Three years in a row our divers have been so good in the states.”
All the diving points will have great meaning Saturday at the State Open swim at Yale University.
After eight of the 11 rounds, New Canaan’s Claire Ross led with 346.70 points. Defending State Open champ Kate Russack had closed in second place at 338.40 points. Greenwich’s Maddie Muldoon was in sixth place at 324.35 points.
Greenwich’s Casey Kirsch was fighting to get into the Top 10 (319.55). Annabelle Pollack was at 310.85 for GHS.
After five of the 11 rounds of diving, defending State Open champ Kate Russack (208.40) was in third place behind New Canaan’s Claire Ross (217.95).
Greenwich’s Casey Kirsch (205.65) was in fourth place while GHS’ Maddie Muldoon was in the top 10.
Greenwich’s Annabelle Pollack was hurt by issues with her third dive of the evening.