The Greenwich boys swimming team kept its perfect record intact Tuesday with another decisive victory.
The Cardinals are 10-0 after posting a 106-71 win over Wilton in an FCIAC meet held at the Wilton YMCA.
The meet began on Monday with the diving event, which was held at the New Canaan YMCA, since the Wilton YMCA does not have a diving facility. Whitaker Grover (291.05 points), Joel Satir and Aidan Kriskey finished 1-2-3, respectively on the 1-meter diving board for the Cardinals.
In the swimming portion of the meet on Tuesday, senior Thomas Hoffmeister finished first in the 50-freestyle (23.23) and the 100 freestyle (49.77) for the 8-0 Cardinals.
Sophomore Marco Todorovic won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:54.36 and the 500 freestyle in 5:16.62, while Cardinals teammate Aiden Bucaria was the 200 individual medley (2:08.61) and 100 backstroke winner (1:00.55).
Other individual winners for the Cardinals included: senior Spencer Plavoukos (56.90) and senior Matthew Laurenco (1:05.78). Mic DiLascia, Matt Hake, Plavoukos and Hunter Johnson combined to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:37.41 for GHS. In the 400 freestyle relay, Hake, Todorovic, Johnson and Bucaria won in 3:39.49. Greenwich hosts FCIAC rival Darien on Wednesday.
GREENWICH ACADEMY BASKETBALL
Greenwich Academy trailed host Rye Country Day School by just two points after the first quarter of Tuesday’s FAA matchup in Rye, N.Y., but the Wildcats used a strong second and third quarter to pull away from the Gators.
Facing a 12-point halftime deficit, Greenwich Academy was defeated by Rye Country Day, 46-33. Senior guard Francesca Sileo, who has amassed more than 1,000 points in her high school career, paced GA with 12 points, including two 3-pointers.
Freshman forward Ellie Johnson scored six points, while senior forward Tyler Gray added seven points for the Gators. Turnovers proved to be the deciding factor in this FAA game.
“It was a winnable basketball game, but you can’t beat anybody turning the ball over 25 times,” GA coach Wes Matthews said. “That was our Achilles Heel — turnovers. The second quarter alone, we turned it over 12 times. We had our chances, though.”
Greenwich Academy trailed 12-10 following the opening quarter and 27-15 at halftime. Rye Country Day outscored GA, 15-5, in the second quarter, with Alanna Jones and Kat Brydson leading the way.
Jones scored a game-high 14 points, while Brydson added nine points. Freshman Reina Thalheimer scored six points, including a 3-pointer for the victors. Jones’ jumper from the left corner and Thalheimer’s layup extended the Wildcats’ lead to 38-17 at the 1:33 mark of the third quarter.
Sileo swished two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter for GA. She sat out most of the third quarter, after tweaking her left shoulder, while defending an RCDS player in transition.
“We held in there, in the beginning we were only down one, or two points,” Sileo said. “The chemistry between the team is getting stronger and on defense we are moving a lot better. We’ve cut down on giving up open 3-pointers. The hustle and effort is there — Ellie Johnson is always the toughest on the court, running and diving for every ball.”
GA hosts Hopkins School on Saturday.
“It’s been a rough season for us, but I think that we have a really young team and as we get further into the season, we are learning to play better with one another,” GA junior forward Sofia Gianuzzi said. “We just need to get our shots falling, we’re working every day to improve.”
GREENWICH GIRLS ICE HOCKEY
The Greenwich High School girls ice hockey team improved its record to 11-2-1 with a well-earned 2-1 victory against West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy in a non-conference game at Bennett Rink on Monday.
“It was a hard-fought game against a skilled West Haven team,” GHS coach Alex Lerchen said. “On a day when maybe we didn’t have our best stuff, the team played solid defense in our end and found a way to win. Bennett is and always will be, a tough place to play.”
After a scoreless first period, Jianna Cohrs tallied for West Haven/Sacred Heart, making it 1-0 at the 11:07 mark of the second period. Taylor Nowak and Megan Froelich each assisted on Cohrs’ goal.
The Cardinals tied the score, thanks to Elizabeth Anderson. Anderson’s goal with 7:34 left in the second period tied the score at 1-1. Lily Bates assisted on Anderson’s goal.
Lexi Danielson recorded the game-winning goal for the Cardinals, scoring with 5:01 to go in the second period. West Haven/Sacred Heart outshot Greenwich, 31-21. Senior Jessica Ware was a standout in goal for the Cardinals, making 30 saves.
Hailey Alfano made 19 saves for West Haven/Sacred Heart. Up next for Greenwich is a game against Hall-Conard at Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink Saturday at 7:15 p.m.
Brunswick capped its regular season with a hard-fought 46-24 win over NEPSAC rival Trinity-Pawling on Saturday in Pawling, N.Y. The Bruins closed out the regular season with a 16-2 record.
In the 106-pound match, Kyle Pagnani of Brunswick pinned Joe Bento. At 126, William MacGillivray of the Bruins also won by pinfall. Brunswick’s Luca Errico (138) pinned his Trinity-Pawling foe, while teammate Chris Perry (145) defeated David Bancroft, 8-0 (major decision).
Nadjingar was a pinfall winner for the Bruins in the 170-pound match and Clayton Ostrover (195) edged Trinity-Pawling’s Jeff Miller, 4-3. Michael Neviera (220) won by a 7-1 decision in his matchup for the Bruins. Brunswick’s Enzo Vera (113) and JoJo McCurdy (132) each won matches by forfeit for the Bruins.