Girls swimming: Warriors begin FCIACs today

Coming off a 6-2 regular season, the Wilton High girls swim and dive team begins postseason competition today at 4 with the FCIAC trials at Greenwich High School.

The FCIAC diving finals are scheduled for Wednesday at 4 at Westhill High School, and the swim finals will be on Thursday at 6:30 at Greenwich.

Head coach Todd Stevens said Darien, Greenwich and Ridgefield are the top three teams going into FCIACs, with Staples, Wilton and New Canaan in the mix for the fourth- and fifth-place spots.

Wilton defeated New Canaan during the regular season but did not swim against Staples.

“We figure we’ll be a top-five team,” Stevens said. “I don’t know how we’re going to measure up against Staples. We just have to go to trials and see.”

In their 102.5 to 88.5 victory over New Canaan at home on Oct. 19, the Warriors were led by double winners Emma Babashak and Taylor Loud, and single winner Emma Kauffeld.

Wilton got a second-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay with the team of Morgan Dill, Liela Hastings, Babashak and Katie Stevenson, in 1:56.93.

That was followed by a 1-2 finish in the 200-yard freestyle from Kauffeld (2:00.14) and Emily Walden (2:03.54).

In the 200-yard individual medley, Ellen Holmquist was second (2:18.34) and Hastings third (2:20.0).

Wilton swept the top three spots in the 50 freestyle with Loud (25.65), Stevenson (25.84) and Dill (25.93).

In the diving, Allie Courtney tied for second place with 230.2 points.

The Warriors got another sweep in the 100 butterfly, with Babashak (1:01.81), Arisa Cowe (1:03.15) and Lily Kealy (1:05.57) going first, second and third.

In the 100 freestyle, Loud was first (55.33) and Stevenson third (57.56).

Wilton’s third sweep of the day came in the 500 freestyle with a 1-2-3 finish by Babashak (5:25.13), Kauffeld (5:26.31) and Walden (5:37.0).

Taking first in the 200 freestyle relay was the team of Holmquist, Stevenson, Loud and Kauffeld (1:44.51), while the foursome of NoraNoël Nolan, Chloe Hornby, Avery Rowland and Walden was third (1:50.22).

Dill placed third in the 100 backstroke (1:04.76), while in the 100 breaststroke, Holmquist was second (1:12.45) and Hastings third (1:13.32).

Last Tuesday, the Warriors lost to Darien, 110-76, in the final meet of the regular season.

Kauffeld led the way with two wins, taking first in the 200 freestyle (1:59.64) and 500 freestyle (5:18.34).

Loud was second in both the 50 freestyle (25.4) and 100 freestyle (56.0), while Holmquist took second both the 200 IM (2:17.4) and 100 breaststroke (1:1094).

Babashak placed second in the 100 fly (1:00.58) and was third in the 500 free (5:26.93).

Hastings was third in both the 200 IM (2:20.11) and 100 breast (1:11.57), while Walden was third in the 200 free (2:03.9).

Wilton was second in the 200 medley relay (Dill, Holmquist, Babashak, Stevenson, 1:56.22)m 200 freestyle relay (Holmquist, Loud, Stevenson, Kauffeld, 1:44.53) and 400 freestyle relay (Kauffeld, Babashak, Dill, Loud, 3:46.81).