Thursday, January 29, 2009
This is how Darien boys swimming and diving erupted into 2009.
“Biggest meet of our season,” said Wave coach Matt Czaplicki of Darien’s 100-85 victory over Staples at home on Jan. 23. “When I first came to Darien, Staples was our closest meet and has been ever since.”
Not any more. And what better time for the developing champion of the future DHS to blow someone out after facing the same vs. the now powerful Greenwich and Rams.
“After Friday, my record against Staples increased to 2-1,” added Czaplicki. “The meet was one the boys were preparing for all week, and (we) made sure they knew they would be facing our closest competitors yet in a very good Staples team.”
Darien found that in its up and coming racers, many have already broken through to the surface, capable of striking hard and fast.
“Our first place races were all neck and neck,” said Czaplicki. “The winner of this battle would be the team with the most depth, and this year Darien has really stepped it up in that department.”
The youth, of the youth, was on parade for the Wave.
“While my star swimmers held their own and swam great races, my younger guys are the ones who really stepped it up to grab the second third and fourth place points,” Czaplicki said. “These are the races we needed in order to win.”
Here are the speedsters newly emerging.
“Big races by freshmen Tyler Gould and Chris Janson helped gather some extra points in the 50 free and 200 IM respectively,” said Czaplicki. “Sophomore Rahul Datta has recently earned a spot in the starting lineup and has performed under pressure thus far adding to our depth in the freestyle events, he also grabbed some unexpected points on Friday.”
And the mix was right, with guys who have been around a while keeping their good numbers up as well.
“Juniors Sam Jackson (IM), Byron ‘Slayer’ Callan (500 free) and Rick Terhune (back) also scooped up some depth points which was really great considering they all swam sick but knew the importance of this meet,” added Czaplicki. “So they toughed through it.”
Highlight swims according to the coach, included the following.
— Freshman Tim Murphy winning diving with the best score of his career, nailing 208 points.
— Sophomore Chris Weihs pulling out a close second in the 100 free in 52.68.
— Sophomore Jake Greene having one of the most exciting races of the meet out-touching a giant from staples in the 100 breaststroke for first place in 1:09.56.
— Junior Will Plunkett with an outstanding meet finishing first in the 50 free in 23.61 to touch out Staples’ star swimmer.
“William came to me and made his case for the 50 before the meet,” said Czaplicki. “I typically do not let him swim it but he has been moving so fast the week before that I took a chance.”
“Wow did he deliver!” Czaplicki said.
Seniors delivered a big wow too.
Senior Phil Treesh won the 100 free in 50.9 and the 100 back in 56.5.
Senior Robby Nevin was second in the 100 fly in 55.97.
Senior Peter Waters, also a captain, was runner-up off of the board.
“The Staples coach only comment after the meet was, ‘wow, you guys totally surprised me with your depth!’” Czaplicki said.