Girls swimming: Wilton tops Eagles with late surge
In its last tuneup before Monday’s key home meet against Ridgefield, the Wilton High girls swim and dive team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 96-74 win over Trumbull on Wednesday at the Wilton Y.
The Warriors broke open a close meet by outscoring the Eagles 40-20 over the final four events.
Leading the way for Wilton was double winner Morgan Dill. Other individual event winners were Katie Stevenson, Taylor Loud and Ellen Holmquist.
The meet kicked off with the 200-yard medley relay. Taking first was the foursome of Morgan Dill, Ellen Holmquist, Emma Babashak and Taylor Loud, while the team of Brooke Kelly, Leila Hastings, Arisa Cowe and Emma Kauffeld took third.
In the 200 freestyle, Wilton got a first-place effort from Katie Stevenson, with Cowe taking fourth. Loud and Kauffeld finished one-two in the 200 individual medley, with Hastings taking fourth.
Dill was first in the 50 freestyle, while in the 100 butterfly, Stevenson was second and Lily Kealy third.
NoraNoël Nolan was second in the 100 freestyle, with Julianna Hume placing fourth.
In the 500 free, Cowe finished second.
After seven events, Wilton held a two-point lead, 56-54, but began to pull away with a one-three finish in the 200 freestyle relay. The team of Loud, Emily Walden, Nolan and Stevenson was first, while the foursome of Avery Rowland, Hume, Chloe Hornby and Hastings took third.
The Warriors expanded their lead to 75-65 thanks to a one-three finish in the 100 backstroke by Dill and Kelly, and then blew things open with a sweep in the 100 breaststroke by Holmquist (first), Loud (second) and Hastings (third).
Wilton capped off the meet with a win in the 400 freestyle relay by the team of Stevenon, Dill, Kelly and Kauffeld.
Trumbull was led by Karina Walsh, who was first in the 500 freestyle; Regan Ryan, who was first in the 100 freestyle and second in the 50 freestyle; and Sophia Bragg, who finished first in the 100 butterfly and third in the 50 free.
Ashleigh Piro was second in the 200 free, with third-place finishes by Nancie Ziegler (500 free), Samantha Werner (100 back), Elizabeth Stankevitz (100 free) and Julia Nevins (200 IM).
Wilton had opened the season impressively on Sept. 15, sweeping all six events that were contested in an 89-57 win over St. Joseph at the Wilton Y.
Wilton started things off by going one-two in the 200-yard medley relay. Taking first was the foursome of Dill, Holmquist, Cowe and Nolan (1:59.94), followed by Kelly, Elizabeth Breslin, Babashak and Walden (2:01.03).
In the 200 freestyle, Hastings was first (2:10.35), Pauline Hendricks was second (2:12.25) and Kealy third (2:14.55).
Nolan led a sweep in the 200 individual medley, taking first in a time of 2:23.49. Cowe was second (2:24.71) and Walden third ( 2:27.72).
In the 50 free, Avery Rowland was first (27.18), Hornby second (28.59) and Caitlin Sullivan third (29.17).
Madeline Pennino won the 100 butterfly in 1:06.91, with second and third taken by Grace Schaller (1:11:67) and Stephanie Xie (1:12.53).
The 500 free was won by Stevenson (5:41.71), followed by Nolan in second (6:06.82) and Hendricks in third (6:07.65).
The 100 free, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, 200 free relay and 400 free relay were all swum exhibition.