Fall sports

Greenwich High School swimmers and divers earn All-FCIAC, All-State accolades

Greenwich’s swimmers and coach Brendan Heller celebrate after winning the CIAC State Open Championship this past Sunday at Cornerstone Aquatics Center in West Hartford, Connecticut.

Members of Greenwich High School’s girls swimming/diving team certainly earned plenty of conference and state awards on their way leading the Cardinals to the team titles at the State Open, Class LL and FCIAC championship meets.

The FCIAC recently released its All-FCIAC swimming and diving awards list and Greenwich was well represented on the list. Sophomore Payton Foster earned All-FCIAC honors in the 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke and 400 freestyle relay.

Foster won the 200-yard freestyle title at the FCIAC Championships, touching the wall in 1:50.73 and placed first in the 100 backstroke (56.83). She also helped key the Cardinals 200 and 400-yard freestyle relay teams, which placed second at the FCIAC Championships.

Foster proceeded to earn All-State honors by excelling in the 200-yard individual medley and 500-yard freestyle races at the Class LL and State Open Championships. At this past Sunday’s State Open Championships at Cornerstone Aquatics Center in West Hartford, Foster earned All-State accolades by finishing second in the 200 IM (2:00.35) and winning the 500 freestyle title in 4:54.59.

She also anchored Greenwich’s championship 200-yard medley and the squad’s 400 freestyle relay, which placed third at the State Open.

Michelle Weissler, a freshman, placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke at the FCIAC Championships (1:04.37) and was part of the first-place 200 medley relay team to receive All-FCIAC recognition. She earned the silver medal in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.37) and swam on the winning 200 medley relay at the State Open for All-State honors. She also had a 13th-place finish at the State Open in the 200 IM.

Payton Foster, left, and Michelle Weissler each earned All-FCIAC and All-State honors with standout postseason performances.

Senior Isabella Malchow, one of the Cardinals’ senior captains, finished second at the FCIAC Championships in the 100 backstroke (58.85, All-FCIAC honors) and was 10th in the race at the State Open (59.26, All-State).

Caterina Li, also a senior captain, was an All-FCIAC Team recipient in the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay. Li went on to turn in All-State performances in the 100 butterfly (fourth State Open, 57.05), 200 IM (2:07.75, eighth State Open and 200 medley relay (GHS finished first).

Annie Bingle, a senior, placed a second at the FCIAC Diving Championships for an All-FCIAC performance. The University of Pennsylvania-bound Bingle then turned in All-State efforts at the Class LL championships (461.80) and State Open competition (461.80).

Javiera Garcia, a junior, was an All-FCIAC diver and went on to place fourth at the Class LL Championships.

Sophomore Sofie Wang earned All-FCIAC honors in the 200-yard medley relay, 400 freestyle relay and 100 freestyle (third place, 52.65). Her 12th-place finish in the 100 freestyle (53.78) at the Open gave her All-State recognition. She was also part of Greenwich’s All-State 400 freestyle relay squad.

Annie Bingle achieved All-FCIAC and All-State diving accolades for Greenwich.
Javiera Garcia produced an All-FCIAC season on the 1-meter diving board.

Senior Emma Robinson, a captain, made All-FCIAC as part of the Cardinals’ 400 freestyle relay and also raced on the team’s All-State 400 freestyle relay, which placed third at the Open (3:31.25) and third at the Class LL finals (3:31.04). She placed 15th in the 200 freestyle and was 11th in the 500 freestyle at the State Open and was sixth and ninth, respectively in the events at the Class LL meet.

Freshman Sena Bozkurt received All-FCIAC Team honors (200 medley relay, 100 backstroke, 200 freestyle relay). She took third in the backstroke at the FCIAC finals (59.32) and improved that time to 58.92 (sixth place) at the State Open, for an All-State performance. Bozkurt led off Greenwich’s championship (All-State) 200 medley relay at the Open.

Junior Daisy Decker was an All-FCIAC selection in the 200 freestyle relay, then placed 11th in the 200-yard freestyle at the State Open and ninth at the Class LL competition, while sophomore Sydney Jee finished third in the 100 breaststroke for All-FCIAC recognition. She was ninth in the breaststroke and 11th in the 200 IM at the State Open. Annabelle Guarnera was an All-FCIAC performer in the 400 freestyle relay, then raced in the 200 freestyle relay at the Class LL and State Open championships.

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