Girls swimming: Warriors take fifth at FCIAC finals

The Wilton High girls swim team came up short in a tight battle for third place at Saturday’s FCIAC championships in Greenwich, as Staples and Ridgefield nudged past the Warriors in the final event.

Wilton led Ridgefield by four points and Staples by eight points going into the 400-meter freestyle relay, but the Wreckers and Tigers both turned in huge performances in the event. Staples dropped its time by about eight seconds from last week’s FCIAC trials, while the Tigers dropped about five seconds.

Wilton dropped more than three seconds off its best time but it wasn't enough as Staples took first and Ridgefield second in the event, with Wilton placing fifth. The Wreckers ended up third in the team standings, with the Tigers fourth and Warriors fifth.

Greenwich won the title with 308.5 points, followed by New Canaan (301), Staples (270), Ridgefield (268) and Wilton (266).

Leading the way for the Warriors was their top point scorer, sophomore Ellen Holmquist, who had a pair of top-three finishes. She placed second in the 200-meter individual medley (2:06.86) and third in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:06.42) for 33 points.

Sophomore Emma Babashak had a pair of top-five finishes, taking fourth in the 500 freestyle (5:05.76) and fifth in the 100 butterfly (58.99) for 29 points.

Right behind was junior Taylor Loud (27 points), who was fifth in the 50 freestyle (24.44) and sixth in the 100 free (53.66); and junior Liela Hastings (26 points), who placed sixth in both the 200 IM (2:11.78) and 100 breaststroke (1:09.03).

Junior Katie Stevenson tallied 20 points by finishing eighth in the 100 free (53.82) and ninth in the 50 free (24.91).

Junior Arisa Cowe contributed 13 points by placing eighth in the 100 butterfly (59.98) and 15th in the 500 free (5:27.91), and junior Morgan Dill totaled 11 points by finishing 10th in the 50 free (25.03) and 15th in the 100 backstroke (1:04.1).

Senior Walden took 10th in the 500 freestyle (5:18.07) and 12th in the 200 freestyle (1:57.69) to 12 points.

Rounding out the individual scoring with three points each were freshman Olivia Crisafulli, who was14th in the 200 IM (2:16.11), and senior Brooke Kelly, who placed 14th in the 100 free (55.05).

Wilton’s best finish in the relays was in the 200-meter freestyle relay, as the team of Stevenson, Holmquist, Dill and Loud finished fourth (1:38.84).

In the 400 freestyle relay, the foursome of Stevenson, Babashak, Holmquist and Loud was fifth (3:33.26).

The Warriors were eighth in the 200 medley relay with the team of Kelly, Hastings, Babashak and Dill (1:52.98).

In the FCIAC diving championships last Wednesday at Westhill High School, Wilton added 11 points to its total as sophomore Marra Woodring placed 11th with 356.05 points and sophomore Amy Malburg was 12th with 347.05 points. Suzy Malburg, also a sophomore, finished 14th with131.9 points.