Wilton makes presence known at Class L swim trials

Based on Saturday's trials, the Wilton High girls swim team is assured of being well represented at Wednesday night's Class L state championship meet at Wesleyan University in Middletown.

The Warriors will have at least three swimmers in all but one of the eight individual events, and Wilton will also be represented in the championship heat (top eight from trials) of nine of the 11 overall events.

In five individual events at trials, which took place Saturday in East Hartford, the Warriors advanced all four swimmers into the three scoring heats (top 24 from trials) for the championship meet.

Moving on were Emma Kauffeld (fourth), Emily Walden (13th), Brooke Kelly (16th) and Megan Lafond (23rd) in the 200-yard freestyle; Emma Holmquist (fourth), Brooke Hendee (eighth), Natalie Larsen (14th) and NoraNoel Nolan (16th) in the 200 individual medley; Arissa Cowe (10th), Larsen (12th), Grace Schaller (22nd) and Lily Kealy (24th) in the 100 butterfly; Kauffeld (fifth), Katrina Trentos (sixth), Lafond (22nd) and Cowe (23rd) in the 500 freestyle; and Holmquist (eighth), Hendee (ninth), Liela Hastings (19th) and Kathryn Cunningham (21st) in the 100 breaststroke.

Loud (ninth), Morgan Dill (19th) and Walden (20th) qualified for finals in the 100 freestyle, while Trentos (third), Kelly (18th) and Elizabeth Cramer (24th) moved on in the 100 backstroke.

Wilton's least represented event will be the 50 freestyle, in which Dill (sixth) and Loud (11th) advanced to finals.

All three Wilton relays also qualified for championship heats by placing in the top eight at trials.

Seeded fourth are Dill, Loud, Holmquist and Kauffeld in the 200 freestyle relay, and Loud, Kauffeld, Walden and Holmquist in the 400 freestyle relay. Trentos, Hendee, Larsen and Katherine Stevenson qualified sixth in the 200 medley relay.

Courtesy of its divers, Wilton will go into the championship meet with 54 points. Three Warriors scored points with top-24 finishes at the Class L diving finals, which took place last Thursday at Middletown High School.

Allison Courtney led Wilton with a third-place overall finish, scoring 380.60 points on her dives. Riley Wadehra (11th, 335.30) and Melinda Henesy (15th, 307.95) also contributed team points for the Warriors.