Girls swim preview: Divers a plus for Wilton

Over the years, the Wilton High girls swim team has always had a core group of talented swimmers. This year should be no different, although the Warriors do have something they don’t have every season.

An impressive group of divers.

“All of our divers are back and they are good,” said Wilton head coach Todd Stevens. “That is a big help for us because you don’t want to give away too many points to the teams that are always strong in diving.”

Leading the divers is junior Allison Courtney, who placed second at the Class L meet and sixth at the State Open. Also back are seniors Riley Wadehra and Melinda Henesy, who both scored points at the Class L meet by finishing ninth and 16th, respectively.

They join a returning group of swimmers that features seniors Katrina Trentos, Brooke Hendee and Emma Holmquist and sophomores Natalie Larsen and Emily Walden, all of whom scored points in two individual events at last year’s Class L meet.

Holmquist had top-eight finishes in the 200 individual medley at the FCIAC (second), Class L (sixth) and State Open (seventh) meets, and she was third in the 100 breaststroke at FCIACs and fourth in Class L.

Trentos was third in the 500 freestyle at FCIACs, fourth in Class L and seventh at the State Open. She also finished seventh in the 100 backstroke in Class L and 20th at the Open.

Hendee placed fourth in the 100 breaststroke at FCIACs and was 11th in the event at the Class L meet. She also finished 11th in the 200 IM in Class L.

Other key returnees include senior Sam Florio, juniors NoraNoel Nolan and Grace Schaller, and sophomore Brooke Kelly, who all scored points with top-24 finishes in individual events at the Class L championships. Nolan also added points at the State Open.

Another plus is the return of junior Emma Kauffeld (freestyle events), who missed much of last season with an injury.

Also looking to contribute are seniors Megan Lafond, Lillian Chang, Katie Cunningham, Andrea Prospect, Savannah Driscoll, Kelly Ann O’Donnell, and Ashley Li, as well as junior Audrey Keliehor.

“We have pretty good depth this season.” said Stevens, “and we have a lot of girls who can swim different events.”

Stevens says the Warriors should also benefit from a large and skilled freshman class.

“There are 13 freshmen, and some of them might contribute right away,” he said.

Notes: Trentos, Lafond and Henesy are Wilton’s captains.

The Warriors finished third at FCIACs, fifth in Class L and 15th at the State Open last fall.

Wilton opens its season on Wednesday with a meet against New Canaan.