Wilton swimmers rally past Westhill

Less than 24 hours after it was unable to hold a late lead against highly regarded Ridgefield, the Wilton boys swim team was the one doing the rallying.

Trailing the Westhill/Stamford combined squad by one point, the Warriors dominated the final three events to come back for a 103-82 victory last Saturday in Stamford.

“It was a very good meet, just like the meet against Ridgefield,” said Wilton head coach Todd Stevens, whose team ended the regular season with a 5-5 record. “They were two exciting meets that came down to the final few races.”

Wilton’s rally began after Westhill won the 200-yard freestyle relay to go ahead, 70-69. In the next event, the 100 backstroke, Wilton’s Jack Lewis (1:00.76), Christian Larsen (1:01.84) and Ryan Looney (1:04.66) finished first, second and third, respectively, to give the Warriors an 82-73 lead.

A victory from Kyle Wilson (1:08.38) in the 100 breaststroke was supplemented by a third-place finish from Alex Li (1:14.28) and a fourth-place finish from Dylan Flanagan (1:14.91), increasing Wilton’s lead to an insurmountable 93-78 going into the final event, the 400 freestyle relay. Ryan Robb, Charlie Owens, Harrison McCool and Larsen combined to win that race in a time of 3:47.22.

“We swam well in those last three events,” said Stevens. “We needed to step it up to get the win and we did.”

Wilton also received first-place finishes from McCool in the 200 freestyle (1:56.04), Lewis in the 200 individual medley (2:12.25), Derek Benison in the 50 freestyle (24.30), and Robb in the 100 freestyle (53.42).

The previous afternoon, Wilton found itself with an unexpected 70-64 lead over visiting Ridgefield with three events remaining. But the Tigers tied the score in the 100 backstroke and then outscored Wilton, 19-11, in the final two races to defeat the Warriors, 94-86, at the Wilton YMCA.

Trailing 70-64, Ridgefield (8-2) took 11 of 16 points in the 100 backstroke to tie the score at 75-75.  Ridgefield then went ahead, 86-80, with another 11 points in the 100 breaststroke.

Ridgefield secured the triumph with a win in the 400 freestyle relay.

“They closed in the backstroke and the breaststroke, and that put us in a hole,” said Stevens. “We needed to go first and third in the 400 free relay to finish the meet in a tie, but they out-touched us for first place.”

Notes: Against Ridgefield, Wilton got first-place individual finishes from Robb in the 50 freestyle (22.50) and the 100 freestyle (50.42), Will Suchy in the 200 freestyle (1:49.84), and Lewis in the 200 IM (2:06.31).

Suchy, Lewis, Larsen and Benison won the 200 medley relay (1:45.42), and Robb, Benison, Larsen and McCool prevailed in the 200 freestyle relay (1:35.53).