Staples Ends Regular Season with Win

October 24, 2015 by ·  

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By Ryan Lacey

The nine seniors on the Staples girls and diving team took a victory lap across the Wreckers pool on Friday to receive a rose, signifying the end of a four-year journey that included a number of highs and personal bests.

Though they won’t ever swim in a competitive meet at Staples again, the Wreckers still have a lot to look forward to with the postseason around the corner.

The Wreckers beat Norwalk/McMahon 98-85 on Senior Day to wrap up the regular season 7-3.

“It’s a pretty fantastic group of seniors,” Staples coach Mike Laux said. “It makes a huge difference having that kind of depth. This is the first year that Staples has been able to field a full and complete lineup in all the events where all the swimmers are (competitive).”

After falling to Norwalk in 2013 before returning the favor on the road, the Wreckers got to celebrate at their home pool.

“I’m happy we won this meet,” said Staples standout Mia Bullock. “It’s always been a tough meet for us. I’m proud of all the girls on this team.”

Against Norwalk, the team of Mia Fraas, Willow Woods, Bullock and Kenzie Healy took top spot in the 400 medley relay (2:05.72). Bullock won the 200 IM (2:26.36) and the 100 breaststroke (1:17.02), Kenzie Healy won the 100 freestyle (1:01.30) and Aileen Coyne took the 200 freestyle (2:14.43).

“There was a lot of extra energy today,” Laux said. “I’m not sure if it was directed towards the pool, but there was energy. It was good.”

Sophia Stanley won the diving with a score of 247, while Eliza Donovan scored a 241.

Staples gets almost two weeks to prepare for the FCIAC meet, which is slated for Nov. 5. The Class LL meet (Nov. 17) and State Open (Nov. 21) will follow. The Wreckers placed second in Class LL last year and that remains the goal in 2015.

“That’s our goal every year,” Laux said. “There is a lot of tough competition. When we start and plan the season our goal is to be our best at states.”

Bullock — who holds a number of school records — is headed to Fordham, which is one of the top teams in the Atlantic 10 conference. The Rams went 10-1 last season and Bullock is excited to join the successful program.

“I’m really excited to go to Fordham,” Bullock said. “I know that it’s a program that will help me excel and make me an even stronger swimmer than I am. The team is so nice and welcoming.”

Having attended the Wooster School as a child, Bullock added that she’s excited to join the Fordham community.

“(Fordham) has a lot of the same traditions and the same environment as what I grew up in,” Bullock said. “It’s like going back to my childhood.”

Reprinted from the Westport News

Staples Sets Records in Win over Ridgefield

October 15, 2015 by ·  

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The Staples girls swim and dive team improved to 6-2 and broke several records in the process with 105-79 win over fellow FCIAC contender Ridgefield on Wednesday afternoon at home.

In the first event, the team of Mia Fraas, Willow Woods, Mia Bullock and Marissa Healy came from behind to win the 200 medley relay with a new school record (2:02.56), breaking a 20-year-old record by three seconds. The Wreckers followed this up with a 1-3-4 finish in the 200 freestyle with Aileen Coyne, Michelle Kennedy and Mira Patel.

In the 200 IM, Bullock broke her own record, clocking in 2:22.50 and was closely followed by Willow Woods in third.

Kenzie Healy took first and Anelise Browne third in the 50 freestyle. Staples then took the top three spots in the diving with Sophia Stanley set a school record with a score of 251.40. She was closely followed by Eliza Donovan 242.475 and Kasey Hertan at 216.83.

Marissa Healy won the 100 butterfly in a time of 1:06.91, and Mia Fraas was third. Kenzie Healy then just missed the school record in the 100 freestyle, winning with a time of 59.87,

Coyne then lead the 400 freestylers of Michelle Kennedy and Mira Patel to a 1-2-4 finish as all finished with top 10 times.

The record-breaking was not over as the 200 freestyle relay of Woods, Browne, Coyne and Kenzie Healy knocked two seconds off the old record that stood for 20 years. The quartet clocked in at 1:52.97. They were followed up by Olivia Utter, Emily Duranko, Patel and Kennedy, who finished third in 1:59.87.

The 100 backstroke was won by Marcy McGuire, of Ridgefield, in the pool record time of 1:04.37. She was followed by Marissa Healy and Fraas finishing 2-3 for Staples. In the final individual event of the day, Bullock set her third school record of the day, clocking in at 1:12.78 in the 100 breastroke. Willow Woods finished third for Staples in 1:16.95.

Ridgefield won the final event of the day, the 400 free relay in 4:10.44, just edging the Staples team of Kenzie Healy, Michelle Kennedy, Marissa Healy and Mia Bullock, who clocked in at 4:10.77.

Staples faces New Canaan next Wednesday away and Norwalk next Friday at home for Senior Day. By virtue of the victory over Ridgefield, Staples moved into a first place tie in the FCIAC’s western division.

Reprinted from the Westport News