Greenwich High

Greenwich boys swimming team tops Fairfield Ludlowe, remains undefeated

Photo courtesy of Trudy Clark: Ryan Jee of Greenwich placed first in the 100-yard breaststroke in the team’s meet against Fairfield Ludlowe/Warde on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022, in Greenwich. The Cardinals won, 101-55.

With the conclusion of the dual meet season rapidly approaching, the Greenwich High School boys swimming team finds itself in a familiar position: cruising toward yet another undefeated regular season.

The Cardinals made it a perfect 10 on Wednesday, improving its record to 10-0 with an impressive 101-55 home win against the combined Fairfield Ludlowe/Warde team.

Greenwich posted first-place finishes in all but one of the events and with just one meet remaining in the dual meet season, seem primed for the postseason, which includes the FCIAC, Class LL and State Open championship meets.

The Cards have 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.

Photo by Trudy Clark: Felix Flakstad placed first for Greenwich in the 200-yard individual medley against Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe on Feb. 2, 2022, at Greenwich High School.

“I’m feeling really confident in our team,” Greenwich senior Ryan Jee said. “We’re all pretty beaten down and we’ve been practicing really hard. We’re about to go into a week of doubles with our February break. With the times we were swimming today, especially with how hard we have been practicing, was amazing to me.”

Jee was part of Greenwich’s winning 200-yard medley relay team, which included Evan Belmont, Hadden Wood and Jon Bergbaum. The foursome combined for a winning time of 1:44.76.

Sophomore Kegan Clark was the 200-yard freestyle winner for Greenwich, clocking in at 1:51.22. Teammate Hunter Daur, a senior, was second in 1:54.36, followed by senior Matthew Hake (1:58.20).

In the 200-yard individual medley, sophomore Felix Flakstad touched the wall first for the Cards in 2:03.41. Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe freshman Michael Ivanov was second (2:10.77), followed by GHS freshman Luke Mendelsohn (2:11.93).

Photo courtesy of Trudy Clark: Kegan Clark swims to victory in the 200 freestyle for Greenwich.

The 50 freestyle saw Bergbaum, a senior register a first-place finish (23.58). Fairfield junior Aidan Roche was the runner-up in 23.64 and Greenwich senior Andrew Dyment took third in 23.79.

On the 1-meter diving board, sophomore Finn Moynahan of Warde/Ludlowe took top honors, winning the event with a score of 300.53 points over six rounds. Cardinal junior Jayden Satir had a second-place finish (267.23).

Junior Aidan Bucaria gave Greenwich a first-place finish in the 100 butterfly, posting a time of 54.94.

“I thought it was really nice, we all got to do some off events in this meet,” Bucaria said. “Nice relays, coach kept them mixed up to keep them interesting and everyone had a good time today.”

Photo by Trudy Clark: Greenwich’s Jon Bergbaum swims to a first-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle.

Junior Liam Flaherty won the 100-yard freestyle (49.23), followed by Flakstad (50.52) for Greenwich, while junior Mitch Goldstein was the 500 freestyle winner. Greenwich took first in the 200 freestyle relay (1:40.62) and Belmont placed first in the 100 backstroke (59.01), with Daur finishing a close second (59.50).

Jee notched a winning time of 1:02.90 in the 100 breaststroke. Indeed, Greenwich is getting into optimum condition for the championship portion of the season.

“I feel like Greenwich is one of those teams every year that shines in the postseason because we work so hard during the season and we get the maximum payout in championships,” Jee said.

“Training is getting harder and harder, we are going into doubles soon and we are gearing for FCIACs,” Bucaria said.

Photo by Trudy Clark: Jayden Satir of Greenwich placed second on the 1-meter diving board.

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