Greenwich High

Greenwich High’s boys and girls ski teams enjoyed a successful Senior Day in final regular season competition, state championships next for Cardinals

Contributed photo: Greenwich High School’s boys and girls ski teams excelled at their most recent CISL meet, held at Mount Southington last week. The Cardinals will next compete in the state championships.

The regular season ended in style for the Greenwich High School boys and girls ski teams, which produced impressive performances on Senior Day last week in another Connecticut Interscholastic Ski League competition.

The Cardinals’ boys team finished second out of 12 teams in the CISL event, posting a combined team time of 276.39 seconds. Greenwich’s girls team placed fifth in the team standings registering a team time of 310.49 seconds.

For the season, Greenwich’s boys squad earned an outstanding record of 45-10 in the Class L (Large School) division. The Cardinals’ girls squad finished with a successful mark of 34-16.

In Greenwich’s latest boys race, held at Mount Southington on Feb. 8, Thomas Ybarra had the squad’s best finish, placing fifth overall with a time of 43.94 seconds. Ybarra raced to a time of 22.97 in his first run and 20.97 seconds in his second run.

Nicholas Aravides finished 13th overall for Greenwich, clocking in at 44.85 seconds (23.20, 21.65, 44.85). Teammate Ryan Park placed 21st for the Cardinals, posting a time of 45.89 (23.90, 21.99), while Asher Sisca was 30th (46.89, 24.11, 22.78).

Also representing Greenwich at the race with solid times were Owen Benison (47.12), Steven Hartofilis (47.7), Nicolas Sosa (49.89), Hayden Winig (50.33), Thaddeus Whittle (50.89) and Massimo Risi (35.34).

Contributed photo: Greenwich’s Thomas Ybarra has turned in a sensational season on the slopes for Greenwich’s ski team.

In Greenwich’s girls’ team Division L girls race last week at Mount Southington, the squad finished a solid fifth out of 10 teams. Mariam Fahimi paced the Cardinals with a 12th place finish, clocking in at 48.06 seconds over two runs.

Fahimi finished her first run in 23.22 seconds and posted a time of 24.84 in her second run.

“As today was the last race of the season (excluding states) I desperately wanted to do well in order to end this season on a good note and make the team proud,” Fahimi said last week. “In most situations, this would have caused me a lot of stress and anxiety, however the team was so supportive. There is truly no better feeling than being in the start gate and hearing all of your friends cheering for you so loudly people from other teams start to stare.”

Shea Norris had Greenwich’s next best finish, placing 23rd overall with a time of 50.06 seconds (24.14, 25.92).

“As today’s race was our final race of the regular season, there was a lot of pressure to ski well and end the season on a successful note,” Norris said. “We did just that and I’m so proud of how the team has grown as athletes over the season and can’t wait to see how we perform at the state championships.”

Maggie Ybarra raced to a time of 50.38 (24.60, 25.78, 29th place) and GHS teammate Addie Marder (25.79, 27.43) posted a time of 53.02. Kate McCooe (53.46), Piper Loveless (55.31) and Josie Campos (60.15) also raced well for the Cardinals.

Contributed photo: It has been a highly successful season for Greenwich’s girls and boys ski teams.

“I’m so grateful to be part of this amazing team and know that even with the season coming to an end, the friendships I have made won’t,” Fahimi said. “I truly can’t express how grateful I am, this team has made such an impact on my freshman year and my transition into high school. I can’t wait for next season.”

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