The CIAC Class LL, L, M and S girls swim and diving championships are all expected to produce some exciting results. Scroll down for the live update blog below.
- Class LL: at Moore Fieldhouse-Southern Connecticut State University , Tuesday, Nov. 12, 6 p.m.
- Class L: at Freeman Center-Wesleyan, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m.
- Class M: at Moore Fieldhouse-Southern Connecticut State University, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6 p.m.
- Class S: at Freeman Center-Wesleyan, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m.
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Five things to look for …
• Greenwich is expected to win one (or two) for their Gipper: The Cardinals will have extra motivation to win the Class LL and State Open meets as 25-year coach Dick Hawks has announced he will retire after this season. The Cardinals are talented and deep, led by versatile swimmers Katie Evans, Kim Hill and Sara Rogers. Hawks’ teams have won 18 FCIAC titles, 12 Class LL titles and 10 State Open titles.
• Amity expected to have a solid finish in Class LL: The Spartans finished the dual-meet season 11-0 and with Greenwich in this class, coach Todd Rainey hopes to finish among the top two or three in the team competition. The Spartans are led by outstanding freestylers Maddie Snow and Dana Chung and captains Jenny Schwartz, Liz Lubin, Melissa Gulia and Jessica Kochiss.
• Cheshire brings depth and talent to Class L: The Rams, who won the SCC meet title for the 19th time in the last 20 years, is expected to produce points in every event. Among the many strong swimmers for the Rams are Lindsay Smalec, Julie Senft, Denise Costello, Alison Sklanka and Laura Mongillo. The Rams will be getting tough challenges from favorites Darien and New Canaan in Class L.
• Branford a solid favorite to defend Class M title: The Hornets have the numbers to repeat as Class M champs with Brookfield and Wethersfield the top team challengers. Branford is led by tri-captains Lauren Rasile, Christina Smith and Paige Cacace. The two wild cards for the Hornets are their solid group of freshmen swimmers and depth in diving, led by Jessica Beler.
• Lauralton Hall favorite to defend Class S title: Crusaders’ coach Fran Pfeiffer has exceptional experience this season with 12 seniors on the team, including versatile swimmers Mary Spillane, Megan Collins, Autumn Katz, Ambur Sheffield and diver Olivia Parise.
Five swimmers to watch
• Dana Chung, Amity: Her specialty is the sprint freestyles. At the SCC meet, she won the 50 freestyle in 24.41 seconds and the 100 freestyle in 53.43. As a result, she was named the SCC meet’s most outstanding swimmer.
• Lindsay Smalec, Cheshire: A standout among a very strong group of swimmers, she won the 200 individual medley relay (2:14.36) and the 100 butterfly (58.98) at the SCC meet.
• Katie Evans, Greenwich: She won the 200 individual medley at the 2012 Class LL championships in a meet-record 2:04.25 and she also won the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.11 at the meet.
• Jamie Robinson, Sacred Heart Academy: One of the many bright spots for the Pacers this season, Robinson dominated the marathon freestyles at the SCC meet with a win in the 500 freestyle (5:17.35) and the 200 freestyle (1:58.03).
• Mary Spillane, Lauralton Hall: She excelled at the SWC championship meet with wins in the 200 individual medley (2:14.21) and 100 backstroke (59.76). She also helped set a school record by winning the 200 freestyle relay in 1:41.50 at the SWC meet with teammates Autumn Katz, Shannon Buttling and Kaitlyn Joy.
Qualifying Meet Results
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