High School State Swimming Championships: Connecticut Boys

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut, March 18. GREENWICH High School earned its second Connecticut Boys Open Swimming championship title in three years in convincing fashion. The Cardinals put together 609.5 points to defeat last year's champion, Fairfield Prep, which scored 426.5 points this year. Pomperaug edged out Brookfield for third, 298-292, with Wilton taking fifth (264.5). The meet was held in short course yards at Yale University.

Greenwich and Fairfield Prep both set a state record in the 200 yard free relay with identical times of 1:24.81. Fairfield Prep's squad of juniors Bjorn Davis, Brandon Cole and Nicholas Wargo, with sophomore Bryce Keblish, tied Greenfield's quartet of senior Tim Hardman, junior Julian Fraser plus sophomores Edward Moss and Thomas Dillinger. The previous mark was 1:24.88, set by Pomperaug in 2009.

In the 50 free, Greenwich's Moss edged out Fairfield Prep's Davis by 2-hundredths for the title, 21.21-21.23. Later in the meet, Davis had a strong finish in the 100 free, winning in 46.27.

A mere 5-hundredths of a second separated first from third in the 200 IM. Matt Dagenais, a sophomore at Middletown, clocked 1:53.74, 1-hundredth ahead of Amity Regional junior Alan Pite. South Windsor junior Patrick Savidge was right behind the duo, claiming third with his 1;53.79.

Berlin senior Dan Klotz successfully defended the titles he secured last year. He erased Dan Madwed's 2005 state mark of 49.75 in the 100 fly with his 49.34, and picked up a second victory in the 200 free, clocking 1:40.31. His times last year were 50.28 and 1:40.79, respectively.

Greenwich's 200 medley relay of juniors Alexander Lewis and Fraser, plus sophomores Iain Edmundson and Moss, combined for a winning 1:34.76. The quartet set a state record 1:34.06, edging their 2006 mark of 1:34.09, during the Class LL Championships March 12. Lewis and Dillinger combined with junior Ben Wurst and senior Matthew Fraser for a triumph in the 400 free relay with their 3:07.96.

Last year, Lewis placed third in the 100 back in 51.83. The Greenwich junior definitely improved in that event this year. He finished first in finals in 50.17, good for a meet record. In the Class LL meet, Lewis went even faster, setting a state record 49.88. The prior record was 50.21, set by Michael Pilyugin last year.

New Canaan seniors Andrew Higgins and Edward Thunem went out in style, finishing 1-2 in the final event–the 100 breast–with Higgins 1-hundredths ahead at the finish (58.93-58.94).

Staples junior Jonathan Blansfield finished first in the 500 free (4:32.78). In the separate diving competition held last Thursday, Fairfield Prep Jake Bowtell's 491.10 points gave him the title.

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