FCIACs Moved to Friday

February 25, 2016 by ·  

Last night’s storm has caused FCIAC Finals to be pushed back to tomorrow.  Same time.  Same place.  See you there.

FCIAC Finals at Greenwich High School
Friday, February 26
Bus Time —   4:15pm at SHS
Meet Start Time — 6:30pm

More details at http://www.fciac.net/352665/fciac-swim-finals-moved-to-friday/

Reserve Your Place At The 2016 Swim & Dive Banquet

February 17, 2016 by ·  

2016 Banquet details and RSVP form available now. Reservations and checks due by March 14.

http://boys.staplesswimming.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2016-Banquet-RSVP.pdf

Final Swim-Feast-Swim Week

February 16, 2016 by ·  

It’s our last week of dual meets so let’s make it a double victory week!  We have Wilton at home on Wednesday and Danbury at home on Friday.  In between (Thursday) will be our final pasta dinner at Angelina’s. Swim hard Wreckers!!

Practice Schedule During Winter Break

February 14, 2016 by ·  

It may be Winter Break, but Staples Boys Swim and Dive will be in the pool.  Our break practice schedule is as follows:

MWF 9-11am, T/Th 6-7:30am and 2:30-4:30pm — Be on deck and ready by start time

Also remember that we have home meets on Wednesday (Wilton) and Friday (Danbury), so there will be practice AND meet swimming on those days.  Please be at both.

This week is our final push toward championships.  MAKE IT COUNT!

Staples Swims Past Norwalk

February 11, 2016 by ·  

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By Ryan Lacey

With Staples boys swim coach Frisk Driscoll away in California filming Sports Jeopardy, the job of navigating the Wreckers through their meet against Norwalk on Wednesday afternoon at the Bears pool fell to assistants Peter Mesavage and James Francis.

Driscoll’s message to the duo before taking the pool?

“To not lose the meet,” Franics joked.

Staples got a strong test from Norwalk before pulling away 109-76 behind a pair of wins from both Dash Hunter and Sebastian Ortega. The meet was close for a long period before a strong performance in the last several events, including wins in the 100 backstroke (Nico Ortega) and 100 breaststroke (Hunter).

“We’re holding down the fort here,” Mesavage said. “That’s more or less the strength of our meet. We had some miscues in the first half of the meet; we got swept in the 50 free.

Staples overcame an unusual circumstance in one race to prevail. Sophomore Charlie Nadel had his swimming goggles snap at the start of the race, forcing him to swim above water throughout. That didn’t stop him from finishing in fourth place.

“Right on the start his goggles split,” Mesavage said. “He toughed it out and still finished fourth. He swam heads up the whole way; Norwalk gave us a heck of a meet.”

Norwalk freshman Kevin Bradley took top spot in the diving while Wrecker teammates Zach and Dobson Cooper placed second and third. Hunter (59.81) nipped Norwalk’s Nicholas Roldan (1:00.14) by less than a second to win the 100 butterfly. Ortega took the 200 freestyle in 1:59.7, ahead of teammate Austin Twiss (2:00.89).

“Dash can do anything; we throw him wherever we need him,” Mesavage said. “Sebastian has lately been doing more sprint-orientated stuff but today we decided to throw him in more distance stuff, which is what he had done in the past.”

The Wreckers will visit New Canaan on Friday in a tough matchup against one of the FCIAC’s top squads.
“We’re having a strong season, we lost some really good swimmers who graduated last year,” Francis said.

“Some of our younger guys are coming on really strong right now at the right time. I think we’re going to have a strong finish going into conference championships and states.”

Reprinted from the Westport News

SAVE THE DATE for the Annual Swim Banquet

February 10, 2016 by ·  

Wednesday, April 13 is the date for the annual Swim Banquet, held again this year at The Westport Inn.  Ticket details to be distributed to the team next week.

Staples Pulls Away to Beat Norwalk-McMahon

February 10, 2016 by ·  

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By Pete Paguaga

NORWALK — The Norwalk-McMahon boys swimming team lost to Staples, 109-76, on Wednesday afternoon but for the co-op, even though they didn’t win in the pool, they still felt victorious.

“This is the first meet we’ve had in six meets where I have had my entire team. We just got our rear ends kicked by sickness, kids got strep (throat), and we had to cancel practice just because everyone was sick,” Norwalk-McMahon head coach Chris Passamano said. “We haven’t had an entire contingent of the team in six meets, so here is everybody, we had some really good swims today, we kept it closer than I think they probably anticipated it being.

“Believe me it’s a win at this point,” Passamano added. “To have an entire team here is an absolute win in my book.”

Staples jumped out to an early advantage finishing in first and third place in the 200 medley relay and then took first and second in the 200 free as senior Sebastian Orteg won in 1:59.70.

“Sebastian is doing more sprint oriented stuff, but today we decided to throw him in more distance type stuff, which is what he has done on the past,” Staples assistant coach Pete Mesavage said.

Mesavage and fellow assistant coach Jim Francis stood in for head coach Frisk Driscoll who is competing in Sports Jeopardy in California.

Staples grabbed another win as Simon Ginsberg won the 200 IM but Norwalk took second and third place to pull them within 12 points, 29-17, heading into the 50 free.

Norwalk junior Valentin Brito led the way winning the 50 free in 23.79 and was followed up by teammates Joshue Balderrama and David Maya who finished in second and third place, pulling Norwalk within two points heading into diving.

“Val swam really good today,” said Passamano of his junior swimmer who also won the 100 free and is just 0.7 seconds away from qualifying for states in the event. “He just missed the cut, he’s getting it tomorrow. He’s going to qualify for states tomorrow, if I have to get in the water and push him.”

Freshman diver Kevin Bradley continued his dominance on the diving board giving Norwalk the win and the teams would remain close for the next three events.

Staples’ Dashiell Hunter would win the 100 fly in 59.81 but the co-op would take second and third place.

Brito took home first place in the 100 free, but Staples then took second and third place in the event.

Ortega won his second individual event of the afternoon in the 500 free in 5:21.80, as Norwalk’s Mateo Roldan took second and Staples’ Charlie Nadel took third place.

Nadel had some trouble in the 500 free as his goggle broke right at the beginning of the event and swam the whole event with his head up.

Staples won the 200 free relay and Nick Ortega won the 100 backstroke and the Wreckers began to pull away as they led 85-68.

“That’s more or less our strength is the back half of the meet,” Mesavage said.

Hunter won the 100 breaststroke, his second win the day, in 1:05.19, before the Wreckers took home first place in the 400 free relay.

“Dashiell, he could do anything, we throw him anywhere where we need him,” Mesavage said.

Staples heads to New Canaan on Friday at 3 p.m. in one of their biggest meets left on the schedule.

“Some of our younger guys are coming on really, really strong right now at the right time,” Francis said. “We’re going to have a strong finish, going into the conference championship and states.”

Norwalk-McMahon finishes up its regular season on Thursday when they travel to Waterbury to swim against Kennedy and Jonathan Law before the FCIAC meet.

“Now’s the time because we got a tri-meet tomorrow, so we have two teams we can try to beat which is always awesome,” Passamano said. “Then we have a week and a half and then it’s FCIACs. If I am getting everyone back healthy now, so we can roll up into FCIACs, it’s a win.

“I’d rather be healthy now then before,” he added. “Because FCIACs is where everything happens.”

Reprinted from The Hour

Snow Day Today (2/5) — No Practice

February 5, 2016 by ·  

Mother nature and the Westport Public School District have conspired to close our pool.  No practice today.  But make sure to get a workout somehow.  Perhaps some snow shoveling?

New Photos on Smug Mug

February 5, 2016 by ·  

Enough said.  Go check them out!!!