Meghan Lynch’s Record Guides Greenwich to Fourth Connecticut Girls Open Championship Title

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The 2018 Connecticut Girls Open Swimming and Diving Championships took place on Nov. 17 at the Kiphuth Pool on Yale Universty’s campus.

Sophomore Megan Lynch set a new Connecticut Open mark in the 200 IM after breaking the State record at the Class LL Championships last week to guide Greenwich to a 15-point victory over runner-up Cheshire (439). This is Greenwich’s fourth-straight team title.

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Top 5 Team Scores:

1. Greenwich – 454
2. Cheshire – 439
3. Weston – 417
4. Ridgefield – 385
5. Staples – 301

The meet began as Weston’s Alexa PappasIsabella Gary, Charlotte Proceller and Katherine Linell won the opening 4×50 medley relay in 1:44.28, about a second ahead of runner-up Greenwich (1:45.15) and Staples (1:46.95).

Florida commit Tylor Mathieu of RHAM cruised to first in the 200 free for the win, doing so in a swift 1:50.80 to hold off a charging Anna Turner of Ridgefield who was second in 1:51.01. Cheshire’s Julia Stevens took third in 1:52.13.

Lynch found herself with an individual gold in the 200 IM as the only swimmer in the field under the two-minute mark, getting her hand to the wall six seconds faster than anyone else in 1:59.57. Her time broke her own CT Open mark and she still owns the overall State record in 1:59.30. Wethersfield’s Abigail Francis was second in 2:05.39 and North Haven’s Angela Gambardella wound up third in 2:05.74.

Cheshire’s Sophie Murphy sprinted her way to a 50 free gold medal, splashing and dashing her way to a final time of 23.51. Staples’ Marissa Healy was about two-tenths back in 23.70 while Seymour’s Sierra Cripps was third in 23.86.

Not too long after taking second in the 50 free, Healy grabbed an individual gold in the 100 fly, where she flew to first place with a time of 55.47. 50 free bronze medalist Cripps finished second in 56.04 as Maggie Mantz of Hall placed third in 56.56.

Murphy added a victory in the 100 free to match her 50 free gold from earlier. The sophomore won by a little over half a second, racing to the wall in 51.36. Wilton’s Katherine Stevenson took the silver in 51.98 and Pappas grabbed the bronze in 52.22.

Mathieu was back in the water after winning the 200 free to earn the State title in the 500 free, claiming victory by four seconds with a final time of 4:55.12. Also sneaking under the five-minute mark was Turner, who again took second with a time of 4:59.79. Lauralton Hall’s Claire Kehley was third in 5:00.39.

Immac-Bathel’s Farrah Volpintesta dove to first on the 1-meter board, posting a final score of 530.55 for first place. Watertown’s Kelsey DeJesus posted a score of 588.10 for second while Brookfield’s Emma Gravgaard finished third with 463.05 points.

Staples’ Esme Hunter, Anne BowensMorgan Lenoce and Healy combined to win the 4×50 free relay in 1:36.75. Ridgefield was a bit behind in 1:37.07 for the silver while Wethersfield grabbed the bronze in 1:37.20.

After leading off Weston’s victorious medley relay, Pappas found herself on top of the podium yet again after winning the 100 back by over a full second in 55.48. Winning 4×50 free relay leadoff Hunter was the runner-up in 56.59 while Daniel Hand’s Kayla Mendonca was third in 57.25.

Lynch added the 100 breast title to her 200 IM victory, getting her hands to the wall first in 1:02.75 for the win. Gambardella swam to second in 1:03.25 while Weston’s Samantha Kim stopped the clock in 1:03.89 for third.

Greenwich secured their team title as the quartet of Lynch, Jenna Handali, Emily Warner and Hannah Seward won the 4×100 free relay in 3:28.24. The runner-up position went to Ridgefield in 3:26.67 and Chesire took a close third in 3:29.93.

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