Darien wins Class L swim; Pompweraug 2nd, NC 3rd
MIDDLETOWN — The night belonged to the Blue and White Wednesday night night at the Wesleyan University pool as the Darien High School boys swim team was crowned Class L state champions.
Darien finished the proceedings with 711 points to outdistance Pomperaug (651) and rival New Canaan (621).
Amity Regional was fourth (471) while Wilton was ninth (216).
“This was a great team from Day 1 of practice,” said Darien coach Liz Blau. “They set the goal of taking the states and they never wavered. Every day the chant was simple ‘Win the states.’ There were times over the course of the season where we were dismissed. That was fine with us. Some teams never saw us coming. And here we are tonight. The kids worked so hard. I’ve never been prouder of a group of swimmers in my life. My heart is full.”
Darien did it with depth and were helped tremendously by their divers’ performance in the Class L diving to hold off Pomperaug.
“We’ll take second place,” said Pomperaug coach Fran Pentino. “Darien is a great FCIAC team. Our kids gave it their all. We’re just not as deep a team as we’ve been in the past.”
New Canaan received fine outings from their seniors as well as youngsters who will make a bigger mark in the future.
“We did everything that we could do,” said New Canaan coach David Fine. “We had a smaller group this season. The kids were in the fight to the end. In the team race to the end. That’s all I can ask for. Our youngsters swam great. I couldn’t be prouder of the way they put their heartsd into this.”
Darien iced the victory by taking second place in the final event, the 400-yard free relay. Pomperaug won in 3:10.84 followed by Darien 3:11.08 and Amity Regional 3:12.85.
Amity Regional got off to a fine start as the quartet of Colin Roy, Arsenio Bustos, Kevin Yanigisawa and Tyler Roy captured the 200 medley relay in 1:34.94, just missing the Class L meet record (1:34.91). Darien was second (1:36.70) with Pomperaug in third (1:37.86).
The battle between New Canaan and Darien got underway in the 200 Yard freestyle. Darien’s Spencer Erickson was second in 1:43.05 while New Canaan’s Jake Ritz took third in 1:43.89.
In the 200 IM, Pomperaug junior Will Regan won the event in 1:52.87. New Canaan senior Luke Stewart was runnerup (1:53.86) with Amity Regional freshman Arsenio Bustos in third in 1:55.25.
In the 50 Free, Amity Regional senior Colin Roy is Class L champ, winning in 21.35. Pomperaug senior Jack Muratori (21.67) was third.
After five events and including the diving points, Darien led with 298 points followed by New Canaan (277), Pomperaug (271) and Amity Regional (225).
In the 100 butterfly, Darien sophomore Connor Martin (51.05) is Class L champ as he outouched New Canaan senior Luke Stewart (51.52). Pomperaug’s Colin MacKellatr was third in 51.62.
South Windsor senior Tyler Branscombe added the 100 free gold medal to 200 Yard free victory. Branscombe’s Class L record time of 45.76 (old mark 45.80 set in 2004) just nipped Amity’s Colin Roy (45.97). Pomperaug senior Jack Muratori (47.79) was third.
After seven of the 12 events, Darien led the team race with 431 points. Pomperaug (367) was second followed by New Canaan (333) and Amity (275).
In the 500 free, Pomperaug junior Will Regan won in 4:37.60. New Canaan’s Jake Ritz (4:41.19) was second with Amity senior Kevin Yanagisawa (4:41.61) third.
In the 200 free relay, New Canaan was Class L champ in 1:28.22, just nipping Pomperaug (1:28.61). The Rams quartet was Luke Stewart, Alex Popov, Peter Sloan and Jake Ritz.
In the 100 backstroke, Darien junior Spencer Erickson won in 51.77 as he outtouched Pomperaug junior Colin MacKellar (51.80).
In the 11th of 12 events, the 100 breaststroke, New Canaan senior Peter Sloan won in a new Class L record time of 56.77. Amity freshman Arsenio Bustos (58.08) was second. Pomperaug senior Will Sullivan (59.82) was third.