Fall sports

Greenwich High girls swim team stays undefeated with a win against Trumbull

Photo by David Fierro: Sydney Jee won the 200-yard individual medley for Greenwich in its meet against visiting Trumbull.

Another meet, another impressive victory for the Greenwich High School girls swimming team.

Receiving numerous standout performances from their swimmers and divers, the Cardinals continued their season of perfection, topping Trumbull, 99-74, improving its record to 6-0.

Only two weeks remain in the regular season and the Cardinals have three meets remaining in their quest to finish the season undefeated. Greenwich visits a solid Staples squad on Friday, hosts Fairfield Ludlowe on Wednesday, then goes up against visiting rival Darien on Oct. 20 in its regular season finale.

As for today’s meet against Trumbull, the Cardinals received two first-place finishes from sophomore Payton Foster. In the 200-yard freestyle, Foster finished first with a time of 1:59.09. Teammate Bella Malchow, a senior captain, placed second in 2:02.46. Foster (1:02.00) and Malchow (1:03.22) also had the two top times in the 100-yard backstroke.

Sophomore Sydney Jee continued to step up for the Cardinals. She posted the meet’s best time in the 200-yard individual medley (2:14.96), was third in the 100 butterfly (1:04.35) and was part of Greenwich’s winning 200 medley relay (1:52.12).

“It was good, the 2 IM was kind of tough, because we’re in season, so it’s getting harder,” Jee said. “The 100 fly, it was really hard. I’m not really a flyer, but it was a good experience.”

Sydney Jee helped the Greenwich girls swim team defeat Trumbull on Oct. 6, 2021.

Sofia Wang, a sophomore, touched the wall first in the 50-yard freestyle, clocking in at 25.27 seconds for Greenwich. Cardinals teammate Daisy Decker, a junior, was the runner-up (25.91), followed by senior captain Emma Robinson (26.58). Wang placed second in the 100-yard butterfly (1:01.73), a race won by Trumbull’s All-American athlete Lauren Walsh, a senior. Walsh will attend the United States Naval Academy, where she will be a member of the swimming team.

“I think the meet went well,” Wang said. “We’ve also been training hard, so once we start tapering I will meet those goal times I have set for myself.”

On the 1-meter diving board, Greenwich has plenty of impressive depth. Over six dives, Greenwich junior Javiera Garcia won the event. Annie Bingle, an All-America performer placed second for the Cardinals, who have been sparked by their divers in each meet.

Javiera Garcia of Greenwich was the diving winner in a meet against visiting Trumbull.

“Warm-up wasn’t the best for me today, so I was a little nervous, but I think overall I did pretty well, I had my team cheering me on, so that motivated me and got me going today and as soon as I did that first dive, I knew I was going to do well,” Garcia said.

Garcia drew two scores of 8 with her front 1 1/2 dive.

“Annie, Esme, Francesca, they all did so well and they kept pushing me forward,” Garcia said of her diving teammates. “The season has been really good so far, I have been getting a really good place and it makes me excited, because we have been doing so well.”

Bozkurt, a freshman, won the 100 freestyle in 56.52, while teammate Michelle Weissler took second (57.03). Robinson was the 500 freestyle winner (5:22.53), while Decker finished second (5:26.48). Greenwich swam exhibition following the 500 freestyle, but it had the meet’s best time in the 200 freestyle relay (1:45.09) and the 400 freestyle relay (3:48.52). Walsh turned in a winning effort in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.59) and Weissler finished second (1:07.18).

“Our team is bonding so well,” Wang said. “We have team dinners and we did a work shop as a team, so it’s been good.”

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