Girls swimming: Warriors qualify 10 for FCIAC finals
Ten Wilton High swimmers qualified in individual events for the FCIAC girls swimming championship finals on Saturday, after placing in the top 16 at Wednesday's trials at Greenwich High School.
Four Warriors — Ellen Holmquist, Liela Hastings, Taylor Loud and Emma Babashak — made the A finals (top eight) in two events each. Two others — Katie Stevenson and Arisa Cowe — made the A finals in one event and the consolation finals in another.
Emily Walden and Morgan Dill both qualified for the consolation finals in two events, while Olivia Crisafulli and Brooke Kelly qualified in one event each.
All three relays teams made the A finals, led by a first-place finish in the 400-meter freestyle relay by the team of Stevenson, Babashak, Holmquist and Loud.
The FCIAC finals will be held on Saturday (6 p.m.) at Greenwich High School.
Wilton swimmers had season-best times in 26 out of 30 swims.
Leading the way was Babashak with second-place finishes in both the 100-meter butterfly (season-best 58.39) and 500-meter freestyle, where she lowered her season best by nearly seven seconds with a time of 5:09.08.
Holmquist was third in the 100 breaststroke (season-best 1:07.87) and fourth in the 200 IM (2:09.81). Hastings was sixth in both the 200 IM in a time of 2:13.51 (a season-best time by nearly three seconds) and 100 breaststroke in 1:09.74, another best time.
Loud was fifth in the 50 freestyle (24.76) and seventh in the 10 freestyle (53.82).
Stevenson placed sixth in the 100 free (53.81) and ninth in the 50 free (25:01), both season-best times.
Cowe finished fifth in the 100 butterfly (season-best 59.74) and was 11th in the 500 freestyle, dropping five seconds off her seed time with a 5:20.17.
Walden took 11th in the 200 freestyle in 1:59.88, a season best by nearly three seconds, and was 10th in the 500 free, with a time of 5:19.18 that was a season best by more than seven seconds.
Dill placed 12th in the 50 free (season-best 25.16) and 15th in the 100 backstroke (season-best 1:02.81).
Kelly took more than two seconds off her seed time in the 100 freestyle, finishing 15th in 55.53. She also placed 21st in the 100 backstroke with a season-best 1:03.98.
Crisafulli, a freshman, made the consolation finals by placing 14th in the 200 IM at trials, lowering her seed time by more than two seconds with a 2:17.34. She was also 20th in the 100 butterfly with a season-best time of 1:03.96.
While they didn’t advance to the finals in their individual events, the remaining Wilton swimmers turned in best times in nearly all their swims.
Anais Wentzel lowered her best time in the 500 freestyle by more than two seconds with a 5:29.79, finishing 18th. She had a season-best time (by more than two seconds) in the 200 IM with a 2:22.25, as she finished 23rd.
Avery Rowland finished 20th in the 100 freestyle (57.4) and 23rd in the 50 freestyle (season-best 26.2).
Julianna Hume placed 21st in the 200 freestyle (season-best 2:05.44) and 30th in the 100 backstroke (season-best 1:06.17).
Madeline Pennino dropped nearly five seconds off her seed time in the 100 butterfly, finishing 21st in a time of 1:04.04. She was 36th in the 100 backstroke with a season-best 1:08.23.
Liz Breslin was 32nd in the 100 breaststroke with a season-best time of 1:17.64, and Hayden Roy finished 34th in the 200 freestyle with a season-best 2:15.69.