Girls swim preview: Warriors talented, despite losses

In one graduation class, the Wilton High girls swimming and diving team lost its all-time best swimmer and diver.

KC. Moss (now swimming at Stanford) and Katie Warburg (now diving at Virginia) took school records and lots of post-season team points with them when they graduated in June.

“They are two big losses, but life goes on,” said Wilton head coach Todd Stevens, whose team begins the season today against Trumbull. “We will miss K.C. and Katie as well as the other seniors who left. The good thing is that we do have a some very good swimmers returning.”

First, though, the departures. Moss won the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 breaststroke at the FCIAC, Class M and State Open championships, and Warburg triumphed in the diving competition at those same meets. Also gone are swimmer Morgan Scarth and diver Kady Holland, who both scored points at the three post-season meets.

Those four helped the Warriors defend their Class M state title and also place third at both the conference and State Open meets.

“It’s going to be tough for us to match the post-season points from last year, especially at the Open,” said Stevens, whose team moves up to Class L this season. “But we can still be a pretty competitive team. We didn’t get wiped out.”

Twelve swimmers who scored post-season points are back, including senior captains Caroline O’Brien and Grace Hendee. O’Brien was second in the 100 butterfly and seventh in the 50 freestyle in Class M, and fifth in the fly and 17th (tied with Hendee) in the 50 free at the State Open. Hendee finished third in the 50 free and fourth in the 100 free at the Class M meet.

Classmates Sarah Hynes and Nicole Smirnov also added points for Wilton at the Class M championship, while fellow senior Sanjana Sekhar will serve as a tri-captain with O’Brien and Hendee.

Leading the junior class are Stephanie Moriarty and Kristen Moss (K.C.’s younger sister) who scored points in two events apiece at both the Class M and State Open meets. Moriarty was first in the 100 backstroke and fifth in the 100 fly in Class M and fourth in the backstroke and 15th in the fly at Opens. She also contributed a third-place finish in the backstroke at FCIACs. Moss, meanwhile, placed second in the backstroke and fifth in the 100 free in Class M and sixth in the backstroke and 17th in the 100 free at Opens.

Juniors Hannah Armstrong and Devin Benison also scored points in the Class M meet, and classmate Katie Bell should be a factor in the sprint freestyles.

A strong sophomore class features Maggie Kauffeld, who finished second in the 500 free and sixth in the 200 free in Class M, Julia Lewis, Linsay Cooney and Maddie Srivistava, and Stevens says a number of freshmen could also contribute.

“We have good depth,” said Stevens. “We have 41 people, which is our biggest team ever, and that includes 14 freshmen, three of whom are divers.”