Stevens gets 100th win as Wilton tops Trumbull
One hundred career wins … it’s a milestone achievement for any head coach.
But Todd Stevens has added an extrapolated twist to that metric: 100 career wins with two different teams.
Two years after reaching the century mark as head coach of the Wilton High girls swim team, Stevens did so again with the Wilton boys swim team when the Warriors opened the season by beating Trumbull, 103-61, last Friday at Hillcrest Middle School in Trumbull.
“It’s a nice way to start the season,” said Stevens, who was honored at a surprise reception back at the Wilton YMCA following the meet. “As a coach, 100 wins is always a goal.”
Wilton did not make Stevens sweat out the triumph. The Warriors won the first eight events to open a commanding lead, allowing the visitors to swim exhibition (no points) in two of the final three events.
“We went strong but not full throttle,” said Stevens about his lineup for the meet. “We mixed it up and got to see some of the freshmen.”
Will Suchy was a double-winner for Wilton, finishing first in the 200-yard individual medley (2:06.41) and the 100 butterfly (57.36).
Also placing first in individual events for the Warriors were Harrison McCool in the 200 freestyle (1:53.51), Christian Larsen in the 50 freestyle (24.09), Derek Benison in the 100 freestyle (52.38) and Matt Martin in the 500 freestyle (5:28.34).
Wilton also won all three relay races: Suchy, Jack Lewis, Larsen and Benison in the 200 medley relay (1:45.30); Ryan Robb, McCool, Charlie Owens and Benison in the 200 freestyle relay (1:36.92); and Suchy, Kyle Wilson, Lewis and Larsen in the 400 freestyle relay (3:42.38).
Finishing second for the Warriors were Martin in the 200 freestyle, Wilson in the 200 IM, Jackson Dill in the 50 freestyle, Spencer Goodwin in the 100 butterfly, Owens in the 100 freestyle, and Jake Florio in the 500 freestyle.
Ryan Looney had third-place finishes for Wilton in the 200 IM and the 100 butterfly. Owens added a third-place finish in the 200 freestyle.
Notes: The Warriors swam exhibition in the 100 backstroke and the 100 breaststroke.
A broken diving board prevented that event from taking place.
Wilton has its second meet of the season today (Jan.15) against Norwalk/McMahon at 3:15 at Norwalk High School.