A wealth of great divers have competed for Greenwich High School over the years, but today was the first time Cardinals swimming coach Terry Lowe and diving coach Kevin Thompson could recall that two of their divers earned more than 300 points through six rounds.
Juniors Whitaker Grover and Jayden Satir accomplished the impressive feat during the Cardinals meet today against visiting New Canaan. Grover won the 1-meter diving event for Greenwich with 308.03 points, followed by Satir, who scored 303.53 through six rounds.
Those results highlighted Greenwich’s 124-62 victory over visiting New Canaan in an FCIAC meet. Greenwich upped its record to a perfect 8-0 with the win and once again, look like a team on a mission to achieve a championship season.
Grover and Satir have been impressive on the 1-meter diving board throughout the season, displaying consistency and outstanding execution.
“Whitaker is our top diver and Jayden showed that he is right up there with him,” Thompson said. “That was a personal-best score for Jayden. We’ve never had two divers break 300 points in the same meet, so that was very impressive.”
“Diving wow, getting two guys over 300 was spectacular,” Lowe said. “Jayden was really on, it was neck-and-neck the whole way.”
Grover earned high scores with his front 1-and-a-half dive and impressively executed his front 2-and-one-half. He gave standout performances in all six of his dives.
“Jayden had an amazing performance I think it’s a new personal-best for him, so that’s really great,” Grover said. “It’s amazing to have a teammate to push you to be the best you can be both in practice and in the meets. Everyone on the team pushes each other.”
“The remainder of the meet was pretty normal, I gave it my best shot and it was great competition,” Whitaker continued. “There are some really good divers, I’m looking forward to seeing everyone in one competition during the postseason meets.”
Greenwich has won the FCIAC team championship every year since 2007 and captured both the State Open and CIAC Class LL titles from 2013-2019. The State Open and Class LL championship meets were not held the past two seasons, due to COVID-19 safety guidelines.
With five meets remaining in their dual meet season, the Cardinals moved one step closer to registering another undefeated regular season. The Cards won 10 of the 12 events on their way to defeating the Rams.
Juniors Aiden Bucaria and Liam Flaherty won two events apiece for GHS. Bucaria placed first in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:01.11. Greenwich senior Mic DiLascia was second in the 200 IM, posting a time of 2:06.81, followed by teammate Alex Khilko, a junior (2:09.75).
Bucaria also touched the wall first in the 500-yard freestyle, an off event for him. He clocked in at 4:52.23. Jack Haley of New Canaan was second (4:53.56) and Greenwich’s Mitch Goldstein took third in 5:15.21.
“It was only my second time doing the 500 free, so it was pretty fun,” Bucaria said. “I was pretty satisfied with that – 4:52.”
Greenwich has displayed its superior depth in each of its meets so far this season and has seen numerous swimmers/divers step up.
“We’re feeling really good at the season so far, everyone has been training super hard,” Bucaria said. “We’re doing some good time in practice and it’s showing in the meets. Especially last week against Fairfield Prep, everyone had lots of good, strong swims. Coming in here after a tough week with midterms and a little bit of a modified schedule – we still had some strong swims.”
Flaherty took first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:47.19), while Jack Haley of the Rams, a freshman was the runner-up (1:48.81). GHS sophomore Kegan Clark placed third in the 200 freestyle (1:52.64). Flaherty also gave Greenwich a winning effort in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.84), with teammates Felix Flakstad (1:05.59) and Luke Mendelsohn (1:07.37) finished second and third, respectively.
“It was great to see Liam Flaherty who has worked so hard have a good 200 and 100 breaststroke,” Lowe said. “We had some fun getting some kids in events they don’t usually swim.
The Rams received a pair of winning efforts from senior Rommin Adl. He won the 50 freestyle in 22.67 and finished first in the 100 backstroke (53.74). Sophomore Deacon Mascarinas of New Canaan placed second in the 50 freestyle (23.12) and Greenwich senior Jon Bergbaum was third (23.46). In the backstroke, Cardinals senior Ryan Jee had a second-place finish (55.18) and New Canaan’s Jack Greiner, a senior finished third (58.28).
Jee was the 100 butterfly winner, touching the wall in 54.13 and DiLascia took top honors in the 100 freestyle (50.52), with Clark placing second (51.22). Greenwich’s relays were in top form, finishing first in each race.
Jee, DiLascia, Flakstad and Andrew Dyment combined for a winning time in the 200 medley relay (1:41.09), while DiLascia, Matt Hake, Justin Jacob and Bucaria were the 200 freestyle winners (1:32.52). The meet ended with Jacob, Hake, Clark and Jee winning the 400 freestyle relay (3:25.82).
Greenwich has a busy upcoming week, as it will go up against Wilton, Staples and Westhill-Stamford. The FCIAC Championships doesn’t take place until the first week of March, so the Cardinals still have a month to prepare to be in prime form for the postseason.
“We are looking forward to the competition season, FCIAC trials, finals, hopefully, we can get some good times there,” Bucaria said. “We’ve had some really strong events by both the upperclassmen and underclassmen.”