Boys swimming: Several Warriors reach Class L finals
Ten members of the Wilton High boys swim team advanced to the Class L championship meet by placing in the top 24 at Saturday’s preliminaries, held at Kennedy High School in Waterbury.
The finals, consolation finals and C finals, originally scheduled for Tuesday, have been moved to today (at Wesleyan University) due to tomorrow’s forecast for snow.
Three Wilton swimmers qualified for the finals today in two events each after top-eight finishes on Saturday.
Will Suchy was third in the 500-yard freestyle and fourth in the 200-yard freestyle, while Gordon Steward was sixth in the 200 free and seventh in the 500 free. Jack Lewis placed sixth in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle.
Harrison McCool and Kyle Wilson both qualified for the consolation finals in two events each. McCool was 12th in both the 200 free and 100 free, while Wilson took 14th in the 100-yard breaststroke and 15th in the 100-yard individual medley.
Wilson had a big meet, moving up eight places in the 200 IM and six spots in the breaststroke, and dropping more than three seconds off his season-best times in both events.
Two other Warriors made it back to today’s C finals in two events each. Matt Martin was 19th in the 200 free and 22nd in the 500 free, and Ryan Looney finished 17th in the 200 IM and 23rd in the 100-yard backstroke.
Martin moved up eight places from his seed time in the 200 free (a season-best time by more than four seconds) and five places in the 500 free, dropping his best time by more than 10 seconds. Looney improved eight spots in the 200 IM (season-best time by more than three seconds) and two spots in the backstroke, with another season best.
Also qualifying for today’s finals were Jackson Dill (23rd in the 100 free) and Nate Snyder (24th in the 100 back).
Wilton was seeded first in the 400-yard freestyle relay and won the event on Saturday with the team of McCool, Gordon Steward, Lewis and Suchy.
The Warriors were fourth at trials in the 200 freestyle relay with the team of McCool, Lewis, Gordon Steward and Suchy.
In the 200 medley relay, the team of Looney, Wilson, James Steward and Dill placed 12th with a season-best time.
Class L trials
200 medley relay — 12. Wilton (Ryan Looney, Kyle Wilson, James Steward, Jackson Dill), 1:48.24;
200 freestyle relay — 4. Will Suchy (1:45.94), 6. Gordon Steward (1:48.31), 12. Harrison McCool (1:49.85), 19. Matt Martin (1:52.69);
200 IM — 15. Kyle Wilson (2:08.99), 17. Ryan Looney (2:10.14), 33. Matt Schaller (2:17.38);
50 freestyle — 6. John Lewis(22.27), 36. Jackson Dill(24.43);
100 butterfly — 25. James Steward (58.63);
100 freestyle — 6. John Lewis (48.98), 12. Harrison McCool (49.92), 23. Jackson Dill (53.16);
500 freestyle — 3. Will Suchy (4:45.74), 7. Gordon Steward (4:54.44), 22. Matt Martin (5:11.6), 28. Matt Schaller (5:21.6);
200 freestyle relay — 4. Wilton (Harrison McCool, John Lewis, Gordon Steward, Will Suchy), 1:32.25
100 backstroke — 23. Ryan Looney (1:00.44), 24. Nathaniel Snyder (1:00.46);
100 breaststroke — 14. Kyle Wilson (1:04.44);
400 freestyle relay — 1. Wilton (Harrison McCool, Gordon Steward, John Lewis, Will Suchy), 3:18.93.