STATE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
- When: Today, noon
- Where: Yale
- A little history: Since 1976, there have been 35 State Open championships and Greenwich, which is favored again, has won 16 of them. Cheshire has won 13, New Canaan has four titles and Staples and Lauralton Hall have one each.
- What to look for: Greenwich is an overwhelming favorite, with extra motivation coming from 25-year coach Dick Hawks’ impending retirement. The Cardinals are led by Christina Frias (200-yard freestyle, 100 butterfly) and Kim Hill (50 freestyle). The top challenge will likely come from either New Canaan or Darien. New Canaan is led by Meghan Egan (200 individual medley, 100 freestyle) and Libby O’Hare (100 breaststroke). Darien is led by Courtney Ferreira (200 IM). Staples could see a school or meet record set by Verity Abel in both the 200 and 500 freestyles. Amity is led by Dana Chung (50 and 100 freestyles), Cheshire is led by Lindsay Smalec (200 IM, 100 fly), Westbrook is led by Caitlin McNary (200 freestyle) and Lauralton Hall is led by Mary Spillane (200 IM, 100 backstroke). Branford’s Lauren Rasile and Bunnell’s Haley Mitchell-Adams will be among the top swimmers in the 50 freestyle.
- You should know: Hawks-coached Greenwich teams have won 18 FCIAC titles, 13 Class LL titles and 10 State Opens.
— Dan Nowak