NEW CANAAN — Hard work and perseverance were rewarded Monday night at the FCIAC Girls Diving Championship at the New Canaan YMCA diving complex.
Greenwich’s Reggie Frias performed with the urgency of a high school senior, collecting 474 points over her 11 dives to earn the gold medal of FCIAC champion.
Frias had finished second to GHS teammate Maddie Muldoon in last year’s FCIAC Diving championship.
“I’m very happy. I’m proud of myself. Tonight was one of the best diving meets I’ve ever had,” Frias said. “I didn’t mess up any dives along the way tonight. I worked so hard since last season to improve. I’m so glad to see this is the result.”
Frias had a 42-point margin over runnerup Charlotte Frank of New Canaan (432.10). Frank, a junior enjoying the opportunity to dive in the Rams’ and NC Whirlwind team’s home diving complex at the New Canaan YMCA, was 28th in last year’s FCIAC Championship.
“This was a lot different than last year. I was out after the first cutdown of the field last year,” Frank said. “That finish motivated me for this season. Hard work, focus and concentration were the keys tonight. I improved by practicing every day. Sometimes twice a day. It feels so good to be rewarded like this.”
Westhill senior Abby Desyr was in third place at 423.10 points. Desyr finished in fifth place a year ago.
“I started the evening nervous because I wanted to do well as a senior,” Desyr said. “I had to realize I had done this before. My family was supportive. My goal was to finish in the Top 3. I was disappointed by my slow start. I began taking it one dive at a time. When I heard the scores after round 8 (of 11 rounds) I realized I was close. I’m proud of how I responded to my last three dives.”
Trumbull senior Katelyn Cerulli (420.30) was fourth while Greenwich senior Saylor Kirsch (401.10) was sixth.
Youth was served as Darien freshman Lilly Wurm (408.10) was fifth and Norwalk/McMahon frosh Kaitlyn Maggio (396.60) took seventh place.
It was especially rewarding for Saylor Kirsch. Her sister, Casey Kirsch, was 18th last night.
“I’m so thrilled for Saylor,” GHS teammate Frias said. “She overcame two years worth of injuries and fought through a lot of pain tonight to get on the medal stand (top six). Javiera Garcia (12th, 377.20) is a freshman who really showed up and was so consistent tonight.”
As usual, Greenwich (1st, 6th, 12th, 18th), New Canaan (2nd, 8th, 9th, 17th) and Darien (5th, 13th, 16th, 22nd) were all fighting for diving points to contribute to the team standings for Tuesday’s FCIAC Girls Swim Championship at the GHS pool.
But the night ultimately belonged to Frias.
“I’ve been working with our divers long enough that I can see when they are in mid-air if it’s going to be a good dive,” said Greenwich coach Kevin Thompson. “Reggie (Frias) was so locked in tonight. She won with poise and determination. She was awesome to watch.”