If the Weston High girls swim team is liking its chances going into the South-West Conference finals it is not without good reason, especially after its final meet of the regular season last week.
The Trojans made a couple of statements when they hosted Pomperaug on Tuesday, Oct. 23. Not only did they outscore the four-time defending league champs 96-85, they capped off an undefeated regular season at 11-0-1, their lone tie coming against Lauralton Hall.
As usual, the Trojans had their share of first place finishes. Opening the meet with one, the 200 medley relay team of Kiersten Daly, Olivia Clark, Alex Edgar and Katie Johnson led the way in two minutes. 0.72 seconds.
In events in which the Trojans did not take first they still managed to have multiple scorers. Claire Kerns was second in the 200 free relay in 2:09.76 and Brenna Nimkoff was right behind her in 2:11.19. Fifth went to Emily Clark in 2:17.03.
Besides the win, Weston had two other scorers in the 200 individual medley. Daly claimed first place in 2:20.63 and Lauren Solinsky was third in 2:37.7. Olivia Watson took fifth in 2:41.28.
Weston also dominated a few events, including the 50 free, taking three of the top four places. Johnson won it in 25.41 and Alex Edgar was third in 27.01, followed by Dacia Gross 0.78 second later.
The lead extended with the dividing event as Hannah Schroeder won it. Keturah Sarno was second and Andrea Janis was fourth.
The Panthers had some speed in the 100 butterfly, taking the top two spots. Points came from Solinsky in third and Anna West was fifth in 1:14.53.
Getting her second individual win, Johnson swam the 100 free in 56.75. Kerns was third in under a minute as well with a 59.78. Gross was fifth in 1:00.59.
Olivia Clark went the distance in the 500 free to lead a one-two-three finish for Weston in 5:33.7. Nimkoff was next in 5:41.1 and Clare Murray took third in 5:47.9.
In the 200 free relay Edgar, Jill Kleban, Ilana Berger and Gross combined to swim a 1:51.28, good for second. The Trojans got their second one-two-three finish in the 100 backstroke with Daly winning it in 1:05.07, followed by Frances Kleiner (1:06.81) and Emily Clark (1:11.22).
By now Weston had accumulated enough points to clinch the win and opted to swim the last two events (100 breaststroke, 400 free relay) unofficially.
The Trojans hope to carry their momentum into the SWC finals with the diving competition today (Thursday) at New Fairfield and the swimming on Saturday at Masuk.