Greenwich’s boys swimming team began its season in style, winning all 12 events on its way to recording a 141-44 victory against Darien in the season-opener for both squads on Friday.
Three swimmers won two individual events apiece for the Cardinals. Senior tri-captain Alex Plavoukos won the 200 and 500-yard freestyle events, senior tri-captain Nicholas Malchow took first in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle races and junior Ryan Jee was victorious in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly for the Cardinals (1-0).
The meet began with Justin Jacob, Aidan Bucaria, Jee and Malchow combining to win the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1:37.28. Darien placed second (1:42.66), followed by Greenwich (1:42.80). In the 200-yard freestyle, Plavoukos touched the wall first in 1:47.50. Teammate Thomas Cass placed second in 1:49.45, followed by James Pascale (1:51.62), also of the Cardinals.
In the 200 IM, Jee took first (1:55.65) and Bucaria was the runner-up (1:59.63). Malchow won the 50-freestyle race with a time of 21.49 seconds and teammate Hunter Johnson finished second (22.67). On the 1-meter diving board, Whitaker Grover of Greenwich earned a first-place total of 282.50 points. Joe Satir (256.40) was second and his brother Jayden placed third (240.05).
Jee topped the competition in the 100 butterfly, winning the race in 52.72. Pascale placed second (56.03). Malchow was victorious in the 100 freestyle race (48.95), while Cass took second (49.92). Plavoukos showed his stamina in winning the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:46.84. Teammate Mark Todorovic finished second in 4:52.90.
Pascale, Cass, Daulton Kendall and Malchow combined to win the 200 freestyle relay (1:31.29). Jacob touched the wall first in the 100 backstroke (54.88). Teammates Ben Schinto (57.21) and Hunter Johnson (58.18) were second and third, respectively. Bucaria and Mic DiLascia each posted times of 1:00.61 in the 100 breaststroke. Greenwich put the finishing touch on the win by clocking in at 3:22.26 in the 400 freestyle relay – good for first place.