WHS Girls Swim & Dive Team Take 2nd in Class L State Finals, 8th in State Open Finals
The Wilton High School Girls Swim and Dive Team ended an impressive season with back-to-back state championship meets last week. On Wednesday night, Nov. 20, the Warriors placed 2nd in the Class L State Championships, just behind Darien. They followed that up on Sunday, Nov. 24 at the State Open Championships, placing 8th out of 51 teams from across Connecticut.
Class L State Championship
The Wilton Warriors Girls Swim & Dive Team showed its strength at this meet, amassing 720 points, closely behind first-place Darien at 778; the third-place team was New Canaan which trailed further back with a point tally of 546.5.
Eighteen Warrior girls competed in swimming, and three girls competed in diving. The athletes who swam in this meet were: seniors Emma Babashak, Ellen Holmquist, Brooke Gardner, and Maddie Pennino; juniors Anais Wentzel and Olivia Crisafulli; sophomores Avery Newcomer, Carolyn Hendricks, Abbey Gardner and Casey Vanderwall; and first years Ava Fasano, Anya Iyer, Virginia Hastings, Nora Choukri, Sydney Lillis, Samantha Mims, Leah Petrie and Jordyn Yee.
All three divers who competed were seniors: Marra Woodring, Amy Malburg and Suzy Malburg.
Wilton swimmers took first place in the following events:
200 Yard Medley Relay–Ava Fasano, Avery Newcomer, Emma Babashak and Carolyn Hendricks (1:48.25)
200 Yard IM Ellen Holmquist (2:06.49)
100 Yard Butterfly – Emma Babashak (57.47)
500 Yard Freestyle – Emma Babashak (5:05.30)
100 Yard Breaststroke – Ellen Holmquist (1:06.76)
State Open Championship
Several swimmers moved on to the State Open Championship meet on Sunday, Nov. 24 at Yale University. Competing were the top 24 swimmers and divers for each event in the state. Wilton finished 8th out of 51 CT teams.
Representing Wilton was Emma Babashak, Ellen Holmquist, Abbey Gardner, Ava Fasano, Carolyn Hendricks, Avery Newcomer, and Olivia Crisafulli for swimming and Marra Woodring for diving.
They had the following finishes, earning a total of 251 points:
Emma Babashak: 100 fly (7th), 500 free (6th), 200 medley relay (7th), 400 free relay (4th)
Ellen Holmquist: 200 IM (5th), 100 breast (11th), 200 free relay (21st), 400 free relay (4th)
Ava Fasano: 50 free (11th), 100 back (9th), 200 medley relay (7th), 400 free relay (4th)
Abbey Gardner: 500 free (7th), 200 free relay (21st), 400 free relay (4th)
Marra Woodring: 1 meter diving (21st)
Olivia Crisafulli: 200 IM (22nd)
Carolyn Hendricks: 200 medley relay (7th), 200 free relay (21st)
Avery Newcomer: 200 medley relay (7th)
Casey Vanderwall (So): 200 free relay (21st)
Top photo: the Wilton Warrior swimmers with their head coach, Todd Stevens, at the Class L Championship meet.