STAMFORD—It was a battle to the finish Thursday night as New Canaan High School’s Claire Ross edged Greenwich High senior Kate Russack at the 2017 FCIAC Girls Diving Championship at the Westhill High pool.
Tied after eight of the 11 rounds of diving with 343.70 points each, Ross rallied strongly on the final two dives to take home the title with 493.20 points. Russack, who missed last year’s FCIAC diving due to injury, amassed 489.90 points on the evening.
“Winning this title means so much. I’ve been working hard for three years,” said Ross, a junior. “I’ve gotten such support from my teammates. I was in sixth place last year. I just took things one dive at a time.”
Russack, a senior, was happiest about what the entire Greenwich High diving contingent did Thursday night.
The Cardinals collected 60 points to give the Greenwich High girls swim team a big points boost starting out Saturday’s FCIAC Girls Swim Championship at the GHS pool.
GHS sophomore Casey Kirsch took third place with 449.30 points. Junior Annabelle Pollack was fifth with 439.65 points while junior Maddie Muldoon was sixth in the field of 32 divers with 438.80 points.
“Those 60 points will help out a lot on Saturday. Our entire diving contingent was awesome,” Russack said. “I missed last year’s FCIACs due to injury but I was able to do well in the 2016 state events. Our divers push each other to all perform well. We’re excited about the states again this year.”
“Kate’s point total (489.90) set a GHS school record. She’s been a leader of our group,” said GHS veteran diving coach Sergey Meshcherskiy. “All four divers compete year-round and support each other. Every day in practice is fun. It’s the best place that I can be.”
The pleasant surprise of the three-hour competition was the fourth place finish by Westhill sophomore Abigail Desyr (448.05 points).
“My hard work and extra time has paid off. (Westhill diving coach) Jim Bowser has been coaching me since I was age 8. It’s a journey with miles still to go,” Desyr said. “I have so much support around me. I just have to trust that I do the dives in meets the same way I do them in practice.”
FCIAC DIVING CHAMPIONSHIP
1, Claire Ross (NC) 493.20 points; 2, Kate Rusack (Gr) 489.90; 3, Casey Kirsch (Gr) 449.30; 4, Abigail Desyr (Westhill) 448.05; 5, Annabelle Pollack (Gr) 439.65; 6, Maddie Muldoon (Gr) 438.80; 7, Charlotte Frank (NC) 410.35; 8, Julia Servas (Darien) 397.30; 9. Katelyn Cerulli (Trum) 384.90; 10, Alexa Mysel (Staples) 370.50.
11, Marra Woodring (Wilton) 356.05; 12, Amy Malburg (Wilton) 347.05; 13, Natalie Smerling (Trum) 344.50; 14, Sarah McKinnis (Ludlowe) 334.25; 15, Hailey Meier (Darien) 328.10; 16, Olivia Grecco (Trum) 315.75; 17, Tate Desautelle (Darien) 230.95; 18, Lana Schmidt (Darien) 227.80; 19, Sonia Trinkle (Staples) 206.85; 20,