The swimming season began in impressive fashion for Greenwich High School, which posted an 89-60 victory over Danbury in an FCIAC meet held at Western Connecticut State University.
The meet began with senior Bella Malchow, senior Caterina Li, sophomore Natsu Nishizawa and senior Paulina Finz combining to win the 200-yard freestyle relay for Greenwich in 1:59.26. Senior Sophia Sichtnik gave the Cardinals a first-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle, clocking in at 2:10.46. Teammate Evangeline Norman, a senior, placed second in 2:13.00.
In the 200-yard individual medley, Greenwich freshman Sena Bozkurt finished first with a time of 2:18.38. Daisy Decker, a junior, sprinted to a winning effort in the 50 freestyle for Greenwich, posting a time of 26.21 seconds. Teammate Tess Furno, a sophomore, had a second-place finish in the race (27.53).
On the 1-meter diving board, Greenwich All-American athlete Annie Bingle began her senior season with an outstanding performance. Bingle amassed a first-place total of 230.25 points over six dives. Esme Merrill, a senior, placed second for GHS (199.80).
Senior Emma Robinson swam to a first-place finish in the 100 butterfly for Greenwich (1:01.69). Cardinals sophomore Sofia Wang was second in 1:03.25. Li won the 100 freestyle (54.56), followed by teammate Michelle Weissler, a freshman, who posted a time of 57.85.
Decker’s second individual victory came in the 500-yard freestyle, where she registered a winning time of 5:35.50. Greenwich swam exhibition following the 500 freestyle, so Danbury received the team points in each event following the 500.
Sophomore Sydney Jee, sophomore Payton Foster, Wang and Furno combined for the top time in the 200 freestyle relay (1:45.83). Malchow had the meet’s best time in the 100 backstroke (1:01.67), while Foster posted a time of 1:13.77 in the 100 breaststroke. In the 400 freestyle relay, Decker, Norman, freshman Emma Stehmann and sophomore Annabelle Guarnera combined to post a time of 4:04.89.
Greenwich is in action again Friday against visiting Fairfield Warde at 4:30 p.m.