Wilton girls swim team downs St. Joseph

Even with a full squad, the St. Joseph girls swim team would have been hard-pressed to hang with Wilton during Monday’s meet in Trumbull. But with six freshmen unavailable due to a school field trip, the Cadets were at a major disadvantage.

The result was a straightforward 96-74 victory for Wilton, which swam exhibition (no points) in two of the final four events.

“We didn’t go with our whole team, but they had only 10 swimmers,” said Wilton head coach Todd Stevens, whose team improved its record to 4-2. “There were some empty lanes in races.”

With many of its top swimmers sitting the meet out, Wilton won just six of the 12 events. But the Warriors’ superior depth led to nine second-place finishes and 10 third-place finishes.

“We were able to give some other people a chance to swim and they did pretty well,” said Stevens.

Wilton got first-place finishes from Nora Noel Nolan in the 200 individual medley (2:27.95), Samantha Florio in the 50 freestyle (27.48), Kate Bell in the 100 freestyle (1:00.61), Kim Green in the 100 backstroke (1:12.11), and Jessica Moss in the 100 breaststroke (1:20.81).

Lillian Chang, Julia Lewis, Brooke Hendee and Katrina Trentos combined to win the 200 medley relay in a time of 2:12.05.

Devin Benison placed second for the Warriors in the 50 freestyle and the 100 backstroke.

Also finishing second were Hannah Armstrong in the 200 freestyle, Aislynn Callahan in the diving competition, Chang in the 100 butterfly, and Andrea Prospect in the 500 freestyle.

Wilton was also second in all three relays.

Contributing third-place finishes were Prospect in the 200 freestyle, Maddy Srivastava in the 200 individual medley, Moss in the 50 freestyle, Grace Schaller in the 100 butterfly, Kelly Ann O’Donnell in the 100 freestyle, Megan Lafond in the 500 freestyle, Ashley Li in the 100 backstroke, and Grace Kauffman in the 100 breaststroke.

Notes: Wilton teams placed second and third in all three relays.

The Warriors had a 79-45 lead before swimming exhibition in the 200 freestyle relay and the 100 breaststroke.