GHS swim team continues FCIAC reign

Greenwich High’s Alex Lewis of Greenwich High School swims the backstroke leg of the 200-yard medley relay event during Thursday’s FCIAC Swimming Championships. Lewis was named co-MVP of the meet. (Bob Luckey/Staff photographer)

Thursday night’s FCIAC Boys Swimming Championships ended pretty late and my deadline for some editions was on the early side, so it was tough for me to squeeze everything into the print version of my article. So here’s some more details from Greenwich’s 42nd FCIAC championship (and sixth in a row) and my thoughts of what transpired.

First of all, kudos to Greenwich junior Alex Lewis, who was named the meet’s MVP along with Jonathon Blansfield of Staples. Lewis won the 100-yard backstroke in an All-American consideration time of :51.65 seconds. That eye-opening time also broke the FCIAC record of :51.84 set by Nathaniel Boley last year and established a new GHS record.  Lewis also placed second in the 100 butterfly (:51.94).

“A lot of people definitely stepped up for us tonight,” Lewis said. “This was a really good primer for the LL meet.”

The Cardinals also received a first-place finish from sophomore standout Thomas Dillinger, who touched the wall first in the 200 freestyle (1:42.53). Dillinger also fared well in the 500 freestyle, finishing third in 4:39.42. I didn’t have much time to discuss the Cards’ superior depth in my article, so let’s take a look at how their depth helped them rack up a conference-best 471 points.

Junior Julian Fraser and senior Tim Hardman gave the Cardinals some points in the 50 freestyle, finishing fourth and fifth, respectively, while Lewis, freshman Jack Montesi and Julian Fraser were second, third and sixth, respectively in the 100 butterfly.

Matt Fraser of Greenwich High School competes in the 100 freestyle. (Bob Luckey/Staff Photographer)

Hardman took fourth in the 100 freestyle, while senior Matthew Fraser was fifth and junior Taylor Moore was seventh for the Cards. Montesi was the runner-up behind Lewis in the 100 backstroke, clocking in at :53.28. Greenwich’s relays also scored big. The foursome of Lewis, Andrew Stotesbery, Julian Fraser and Ed Moss won the first event of the evening – the 200 medley relay – in 1:38.03.

The 200 freestyle relay team of Julian and Matt Fraser, Dillinger and Moss touched the wall first in the 1:29.12 and the 400 freestyle relay squad of Hardman, Matt Fraser, Lewis and Dillinger ended the meet in style. The relay group put the finishing touch on the Cards’ victory, clocking a winning time of 3:14.98.

Up next for Greenwich is the Class LL championships at Wesleyan University, followed by the State Open. If tonight was any indication, the Cards are primed to add two more titles to their ledger this winter.

Dave Fierro