Fall sports

Behind Annie Bingle’s second-place finish, Greenwich dives excel at Class LL finals

Photo by Eryn Bingle: Greenwich High School divers gather with their coach, Kevin Thompson, after the Class LL Championships, which were held at Middletown High School in Middletown, Conn., on Nov. 11, 2021. Annie Bingle, center, placed second overall for the Cardinals, who had four top-10 finishes in the Class LL competition.

Greenwich High School’s divers certainly thrived at the CIAC Class LL Diving Championships Wednesday evening at Middletown High School.

Led by senior Annie Bingle’s second-place finish, Greenwich’s divers made their mark at the ultra-competitive event, posting four top-10 performances.

Bingle, a three-time All-America diver, who will compete at the University of Pennsylvania next year, earned a second-place finish with 461.80 points over 11 rounds of diving on the 1-meter board.

Bingle, who produced one of her best career performances, also earned the second-place medal at the FCIAC Championships last week at Westhill High School (436.70 points).

Photo by Eryn Bingle: Annie Bingle gets ready to execute a dive during the CIAC Class LL Championships at Middletown High School on Nov. 11, 2021.

Hannah Chuckas, a junior of Westhill/Stamford, captured the gold medal at the Class LL Championships. Chuckas won the championship with a score of 469.25 points over 11 dives.

Junior Javiera Garcia of Greenwich earned a podium finish. Garcia placed fourth in Class LL (414.80 points). Esme Merrill, one of the Cardinals’ senior captains, had a seventh-place finish (357.85).

Also pacing the Cardinals at the state competition was sophomore Mackenzie Newi (337.90).

Annie Bingle executes one of her dives at the Class LL Championships.

Jade-Su Casey of Glastonbury finished third in Class LL (461.20), while Julia Stefanowicz was fifth (380.90). Kate Whitaker placed sixth for Staples (357.70) and teammate Mia Guster finished eighth (347.40).

Greenwich’s divers will next compete in the State Open Championships, which is scheduled to take place on Nov. 18, also at Middletown High School.

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