The Daily 5 in high school sports: In the pool and on the trails
They will be coming by land and by sea Tuesday.
FCIAC teams will be jumping back into the pool for the first time this fall while the runners are getting revved up for a new season on the cross-country trails.
LUDLOWE AT DARIEN (DARIEN YMCA), 3 P.M.: The Falcons and Blue Wave always seem to be involved in competitive meets and this should be no different. After finishing within 20 points of each other in last year’s FCIAC championship, the teams renew acquaintances in the opening meet of the season.
STAPLES AT GREENWICH, 4 P.M.: Greenwich has been a nationally ranked water polo team for decades and one of the few public schools to even offer the sport in the state. Other schools are starting to finally join in enough that a state championship is now held. These two schools are rivals in everything else, might as well add water polo to the list.
BOYS/GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
MCMAHON, WESTHILL, RIDGEFIELD, TRINITY CATHOLIC AT NEW CANAAN (WAVENY PARK) 4 P.M.: The Ridgefield girls return to the site where it won last season’s FCIAC championship. On the boys side, Ridgefield and New Canaan should provide a stiff early challenge to each other.
DANBURY, GREENWICH, NORWALK AT TRUMBULL 4 P.M.: The Danbury and Trumbull boys finished second and third respectively in last year’s championship and both programs are primed to make a run at this year’s crown. Last year’s FCIAC girls’ runner-up Greenwich should give the home team all it can handle.
TRUMBULL AT GREENWICH 4 P.M.: Greenwich avoided the upset at the hands of the Eagles last season, escaping with a 2-1 win. The Cardinals have not won a FCIAC championship since 2012 and are itching to get back into their perch as the league’s top team.
Scott Ericon; Sericson@stamfordadvocate.com; @EricsonSports