Greenwich Academy

Greenwich Academy swimming/diving team captures to NEPSAC Division I title

Contributed photo: From left to right: Hutton Saunders and Avery Sammons of Greenwich Academy display the championship plaque after GA won the NEPSAC Division I team title.

Receiving two first-place finishes, numerous top-five performances and a wealth of impressive efforts, Greenwich Academy’s swimming team was once again, second to none at the NEPSAC Division I Swimming Championships Sunday at Phillips Exeter Academy.

Greenwich Academy used its overall depth to compile 421.5 points to earn the NEPSAC Division I team title at the championship meet, which began on Saturday and concluded Sunday. Phillips Andover Academy was second in the team standings (350), followed by Phillips Exeter Academy (341.5), Suffield Academy (214) and Deerfield Academy (194).

Sacred Heart Greenwich had its highest team finish at the 12-team championship meet in program history, placing seventh (139 points). The victory added to GA’s collection of NEPSAC titles. The Gators also won the NEPSAC Division I team championship in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

The meet commenced with Greenwich Academy’s Alex Moore, Bryce Gold, Penny Lazar and Avery Sammons combining to finish a strong second in the 200-yard medley relay (1:45.98). Phillips Exeter Academy earned the gold medal, clocking in at 1:45.61.

In the 200-yard freestyle finals, Greenwich Academy senior co-captain Hutton Saunders posted a third-place finish with a time of 1:52.43. Sophie Phelps of Phillips Exeter Academy won the race in 1:51.55.

The 200-yard individual medley saw Lazar, a freshman, give GA a second-place finish (2:07.93). Sydney Kang from Phillips Andover Academy was first (2:05.19). Moore, a GA freshman, was fourth (2:08.68), and Bryce Gold took fifth (2:10.69). Lauren McCauley of Sacred Heart, an eighth-grader, placed ninth in 2:15.07.

Sammons, a senior, was the runner-up for the Gators in the 50 freestyle, clocking in at 24.04. Andover’s Alissa Kim won the title with a time of 23.72. Greenwich Academy senior Maddie Holden took fourth (24.50) and Sacred Heart’s Jane Cary was 10th overall in 25.51.

In the 1-meter diving competition, Greenwich Academy sophomore Grace Wu earned the gold medal. Through 11 rounds of diving, Wu amassed a score of 488.20 points. Eighth-grader Grayson Ford from GA placed third on the 1-meter diving board (444.20) and Sacred Heart Greenwich eighth-grader Emma Beaty took seventh (328.40).

Lazar, a freshman, captured the third-place medal in the 100 butterfly for GA, posting a time of 56.36. Brielle Gold, a GA junior, was fourth (57.82), followed by Sacred Heart’s Victoria Mordaunt (freshman, sixth place, 59.57). McCauley was seventh for the Tigers in 1:00.11 and Elizabeth Xia from Greenwich Academy placed eighth (1:01.80).

Saunders (52.52) and Sammons (53.24) were third and fourth, respectively, for Greenwich Academy in the 100 freestyle, which was won by Andover’s Elissa Kim (51.48). Holden of GA took seventh in 54.45, while Sacred Heart’s Jane Cary was eighth (54.46).

Rory Keller had GA’s best finish in the 500 freestyle finals at the NEPSAC Division I Championships, placing fifth in 5:11.53. Bryce Gold, Holden, Brielle Gold and Saunders teamed up to earn top Division I honors in the 200 freestyle relay (1:36.29). Freshman Alex Moore finished third in the 100 backstroke (57.69) and Bryce Gold was fourth in the race (58.24).

In the 100 breaststroke at the NEPSAC Division I Championships, Brielle Gold gave GA a second-place finish (1:06.30) and teammate Charlotte Milligan was seventh (1:09.85). Sammons, Lazar, Brielle Gold and Saunders were second in the 400 freestyle to end the NEPSAC Championships, combining for a time of 3:31.20. The season also saw Greenwich Academy swim to the team title at the FAA Championships, after having an outstanding regular season/dual meet season.

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