MIDDLETOWN -- Don't let the point totals fool or dissuade you.
In reality it was a singular afternoon for both the Greenwich High School and Fairfield Prep boys swim teams at the Class LL state championship at the Wesleyan University pool.
Greenwich was an incredible machine winning 10 of the 12 events to score an amazing 913 points. That's 21 of the last 22 Class LL titles if you're scoring at home. Enough tradition to make the New York Yankees jealous.
"It was a very satisfying meet," Greenwich veteran head coach Terry Lowe said. "I felt this group had the potential to be great. Our frontline talent and the depth of this squad are tremendous things to have. We did nearly everything we wanted to."
Fairfield Prep more than earned its runnerup plaque with 698 points. The critical statistic was Prep finishing 313 points better than third place Glastonbury (385).
Staples (369) was fourth followed by Manchester (256), Newtown (252), Ridgefield (248.5), Cheshire (245.5). Amity Regional (236.5) and Trumbull (229) completed the top 10.
"Greenwich is a great team. And they make us a better team," said Prep head coach Rick Hutchinson. "I couldn't be happier with our performance. After all, we broke two state records in events we finished second in."
It was indeed recordmania at the Freeman Athletic Center pool.
Greenwich lowered five state records and six Class LL marks in its tour de force performance.
Prep was below both tate and Class LL record times while being topped by GHS in 200 yard freestyle relay and 400 yard free relay.
Junior Bryce Keblish lowered the LL mark by .65 seconds while winning the 200-yard individual medley in 1:49.46. Prep's Andrew Grinalds (1:50.11, 2009) had the old mark.
"To swim state record times is special. It was a brilliant day for our kids. Keblish's performance in the IM and the relays was a grand highlight," Hutchinson said.
But it wasn't enough to stop the Greenwich express from its appointed crown.
GHS sent the message early by capturing the opening event, the 200 medley relay in 1:31.99. GHS won the event by five seconds and lowered their own state record by 3 seconds to 1:31.99. Read Full Article
"We shuffled the lineup there because we wanted some kids to be strong at the end of the meet," Lowe said. "But we wanted to make a statement from the start."
Fairfield Prep tried to keep pace.
Nicholas Wargo captured the 200 yard free in 1:41.85. Keblish (1:49.46) then out duelled Greenwich's Thomas Dillinger (1:49.68) to take the 200 IM.
But GHS' Ed Moss answered by lowering his own Class LL mark in the 50 free by winning in 20.78.
After the break, Greenwich continued rolling. Sophomore John Montesi captured the 100 butterfly in 50.33 just outtouching Prep's Keblish (50.40).
GHS senior Alex Lewis then won the 100 free in a new state record time of 44.57 just ahead of teammate Moss (46.11) as well as Prep's Bjorn Davis (46.38) and Wargo (46.59).
More importantly, Lewis broke a 25-year-old Greenwich school mark in the 100 free.
"The 100 yard freestyle is perhaps the greatest record in swimming. And Alex got it," Lowe said. "It's not every day someone can break a 25-year-old mark."
After seven events, with the LL diving points added in, Greenwich led Prep, 575-415.
Dillinger got his Class LL first place medal in the 500 yard freestyle, winning in 4:35.88 ahead of Prep's Brandon Cole (4:38.08).
Norwalk/McMahon junior Anthony Dell'Isola took third place in 4:38.48 despite racing from lane 8.
In the point standings after eight of 12 events, Greenwich led Prep, 635-467 in the meet that scored 24 places in each event.
The records continued to fall in the 200 freestyle relay as the Greenwich foursome of Nicholas Hyden, Julian Fraser, Moss and Dillinger won in a state mark time of 1:24.19.
Prep's quartet of Bjorn Davis, Brandon Cole, Nicholas Wargo and Keblish were runnerup in record time of 1:24.24.
Amity Regional was a distant third in 1:29.91.
Greenwich's Lewis then lowered his own Class LL and state mark by .29 in capturing the 100 backstroke in 48.59. GHS sophomore Montesi was runnerup in 50.44.
Iain Edmundson put an individual ribbon on the victory by capturing the 100 breaststroke in 58.36 ahead of runnerup John Hoin (59.04) from Prep.
Greenwich's closing salvo was as strong as its opening gambit.
The LL mark was lowered nearly five seconds and the state mark was crushed by 2 Â½ seconds in the 400 yard relay by both victorious GHS (3:02.60) and runnerup Prep (3:03.22). Greenwich swam to victory behind the quartet of Montesi, Moss, Dillinger and Lewis
"This is one of Fairfield Prep's best teams. They drive us to records," Lowe said. "Having them battle us side by side made it a great meet for both."
And Prep has the proper perspective on the rivalry.
"We will continue to do what we do," Hutchinson said. "There are so many great boys swim programs in the state so second place in Class LL has meaning. We had great swims. So the times and the places will fall into place. That was what I asked from our boys and they performed."
As for Greenwich, the Cardinals have frankly run out of room to display the decade upon decade of state title plaques.
"What we have is a record board that we started in 1964," Lowe said. "Each team members names go up there. Once you're on it, you're there forever. We have a list of state titlists on the board. That's all we need. We've had a lot of people take photos of that board over the decades for their own kids."
Class LL swimming
1. Greenwich 913; 2. Fairfield Prep 698; 3. Glastonbury 385; 4. Staples 369; 5. Manchester 256; 6. Newtown 252; 7. Ridgefield 248.5; 8. Cheshire 245.5; 9. Amity Regional 236.5; 10. Trumbull 229; 11. Bristol Co-Op 188; 12. Windham/RHAM/Coventry 178; 13. Norwalk/McMahon 168; 14. Platt/Maloney 145; 15. Xavier 137; 16. Westhill/Stamford 123; 17. NFA 106.5; 18. Southington 104; 19. Hamden 97; 20. Simsbury 71; 21. East Hartford 59.
Winner and regional finishers among top 6
200 medley relay: 1. Greenwich (John Montesi, Iain Edmundson, Alexander Lewis, Julian Fraser) 1:31.99; 2. Fairfield Prep (Guido Badlerrama, Stuart Stritzel, John Hoin, Andrew McPhee) 1:37.06; 5. Staples (Max Wimer, Ethan Hunter, Chris Mombello, Chris Woods) 1:40.09; 200 freestyle: 1. Nick Wargo (Fairfield Prep) 1:41.85; 2. Ben Wurst (Greenwich) 1:44.37; 200 IM: 1. Bryce Keblish (Fairfield Prep) 1:49.46; 2. Thomas Dillinger (Greenwich) 1:49.68; 3. Iain Edmundson (Greenwich) 1:52.93; 5. Brandon Cole (Fairfield Prep) 1:53.18; 50 freestyle: 1. Edward Moss (Greenwich) 20.78; 2. Bjorn Davis (Fairfield Prep) 21.18; 3. Julian Fraser (Greenwich) 21.82; 4. Nick Hyden (Greenwich) 21.95; 100 butterfly: 1. John Montesi (Greenwich) 50.33; 2. Bryce Keblish (Fairfield Prep) 50.40; 3. John Hoin (Fairfield Prep) 51.71; 5. Julian Fraser (Greenwich) 52.15; 100 freestyle: 1. Alexander Lewis (Greenwich) 44.57; 2. Edward Moss (Greenwich) 46.11; 3. Bjorn Davis (Fairfield Prep) 46.38; 4. Nick Wargo (Fairfield Prep) 46.59; 5. Nick Hyden (Greenwich) 47.55; 500 freestyle: 1. Thomas Dillinger (Greenwich) 4:35.88; 2. Brandon Cole (Fairfield Prep) 4:38.08; 3. Anthony Dell'Isola (Norwalk/McMahon) 4:38.48; 4. Daniel Williams (Staples) 4:39.59; 6. Ben Wurst (Greenwich) 4:47.45; 200 freestyle relay: 1. Greenwich (Nick Hyden, Julian Fraser, Edward Moss, Thomas Dillinger) 1:24.19; 2. Fairfield Prep (Bjorn Davis, Brandon Cole, Nick Wargo, Bryce Keblish) 1:24.24; 3. Amity Regional (AJ Pite, Stephen Cheung, Adam Ambrosey, Charles Pite) 1:29.91; 4. Staples (Chris Woods, Chris Mombello, Kevin Xiang, Dan Williams) 1:30.74; 100 backstroke: 1. Alexander Lewis (Greenwich) 48.59; 2. John Montesi (Greenwich) 50.44; 4. Richard Huffman (Newtown) 53.47; 6. Travis Gordon (Ridgefield) 54.80; 100 breaststroke: 1. Iain Edmundson (Greenwich) 58.36; 2. John Hoin (Fairfield Prep) 59.04; 3. Chris Woods (Staples) 59.14; 5. Chris Mombello (Staples) 59.65; 400 freestyle relay: 1. Greenwich (John Montesi, Edward Moss, Thomas Dillinger, Alexander Lewis) 3:02.60; 2. Fairfield Prep (Nick Wargo, Brandon Cole, Bjorn Davis, Bryce Keblish) 3:03.21; 5. Amity Regional (AJ Pite, Stephen Cheung, Adam Ambrosey, Charles Pite) 3:17.99; 6. Trumbull (Sam Carley, Alex Ignatov, Josh Pavel, Miles Buroker) 3:18.81.