Girls swim preview: Wilton aims for more success

Coming off an impressive season that included top-four finishes at three championship meets, the Wilton High girls swim team will look for a repeat performance this fall.

To do that, the Warriors will need to rely on a large group of returnees and also overcome the graduation losses of standouts Kristin Moss and Stephanie Moriarty. Those two were key contributors as Wilton finished second at FCIACs, third in Class L, and fourth at the State Open.

“We didn’t graduate a lot of swimmers, but we did graduate some really good ones,” said Wilton head coach Todd Stevens, whose team opens the season today at home against St. Joseph at the Wilton YMCA.

The Warriors do have some firepower, though. Seniors Julia Lewis (200 individual medley) and Lindsay Cooney (100 breaststroke), junior Emma Holmquist (100 breaststroke), and sophomore Emma Kauffeld (500 freestyle) all had top-eight finishes at the Class L meet, and Holmquist and Kauffeld both finished in the top eight at the State Open.

A number of other swimmers who scored post-season points are back, as is senior Maggie Kauffeld (freestyle/butterfly), who missed the championship meets last year due to injury.

“We have some top-line swimmers and good depth,” said Stevens. “It could be another strong year for us.”

Also expected to contribute this fall are seniors Maddie Srivastava, Kim Green, Evaline Xie and Monei Walker; juniors Lillian Chang, Sam Florio, Brooke Hendee, Megan Lafond, Katrina Trentos, Katie Cunningham, Savannah Driscoll, and Andrea Prospect; and sophomores NoraNoel Nolan, Jessica Moss, Grace Schaller and Stephanie Xie.

Sreivastava, Trentos and Hendee all had at least one top-16 finish at last year’s Class L meet.

Sophomore Allie Courtney (16th in Class L) leads the diving contingent, which also features juniors Riley Wadehra and Melinda Henesy.

Stevens is also hopeful that several freshmen and transfer students will become contributors.

“We’re good,” he said. “It’s just a matter of how we measure up to the other good teams.”

Notes: Moss and Moriarty both had second-place individual finishes at last year’s FCIAC meet.

Holmquist (fourth in the 200 IM, sixth in the 100 breaststroke), Hendee (sixth in the 200 IM, eighth in the 100 breaststroke), Trentos (fourth in the 500 freestyle), Emma Kauffeld (sixth in the 500 freestyle), and Cooney (seventh in the 100 breaststroke) all had top-eight finishes at the conference championship.