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Staples Swimmers Celebrate Win Over Rams

WESTPORT, Conn. – Staples senior captain Kyle Bacon does not recall much from the Wreckers’ meets against New Canaan in his first three years in high school. But he will remember the last one for a long time — perhaps forever.

Bacon and the Wreckers defeated New Canaan for the first time since 2001 last week, 98-88. Bacon was part of the 400-freestyle relay with Jonathan Blansfield, Nathaniel Boley and Danny Williams that clinched the victory.

“I don’t remember the losses to New Canaan specifically, but for the most part they weren’t even close,’’ Bacon said. “We got a little bit closer last year. They were so good, I never thought a win against New Canaan was possible.”

Staples won just two individual events, a victory in the 500 free by Blansfield and in the 100 backstroke by Matt Wisher. Staples needed to go 2-3 in the 400-free relay to win the meet. And it did even better than that, finishing first and third.

“I’m almost always on the 400 relay, and most meets you know by then who’s going to win,’’ Bacon said. “This meet was neck-and-neck. We knew we needed to get second and third. It was neat seeing all the guys on deck pulling for each other. It really gave us a boost.”

This year’s Staples team is the strongest in his four years with the squad, Bacon said. The Wreckers have a talented group of underclassmen. Blansfield, a sophomore, had what Bacon believes to be the turning point of the meet against New Canaan with a come-from-behind win in the 500 freestyle. “That got the whole team excited,’’ he said. “That showed us what we could do.”

“I don’t know if I’m surprised by what the underclassmen have done,’’ coach Jeffrey Schare said. “They’ve certainly boosted our success. What’s really helped them is our seniors. We only have four of them, but they are good leaders. They’ve let the younger swimmers know what it takes to be successful in this league.” Bacon, Wisher, Joss Abel and David Katter are the Staples seniors.

Staples beat Trumbull and Danbury in December then lost to Darien and Greenwich in a three-day span. The victory over New Canaan lifted the Wreckers’ spirits. With most of its toughest challenges out of the way, they could go unbeaten in their last six meets of the season.

“Sometimes you get kids coming up from club teams and they have the strength and they have the times, but high school swimming is different,’’ Bacon said. “You don’t always know what to expect. But this is the strongest team we’ve ever had. We have the talent and the mental strength to push ahead. It’s been a special season.”

Staples 98, New Canaan 88

Meet results

200 Medley Relay 1 (NC) Brian Bodick, Ned Thunem, Austin Wolff, Jacob Geyfman 1:46.032 (S) Mathew Wisher, Joss Abel, Daniel Williams, Mathew Wetmore 1:49.763 (S) Max Wimer, Chris Mombello, Marcus Russi, David Katter 1:52.59 200 Freestyle 1 (S) Nathaniel Boley 1:49.762 (NC) Ian Robert  1:50.033 (S) Jonathan Blansfield 1:52.594 (NC) Steven Skaperdas 1:54.695 (S) Justin Krakoff 1:58.23 200 IM 1 (NC) John Santoro 2:03.272 (S) Daniel Williams 2:09.563 (S) Joss Abel 2:11.06  4 (NC)Ned Thunem 2:!3.825 (S) North Woods 2:14.7 50 Freestyle 1 (NC) Austin Wolff 23.612(S) Kyle Bacon 24.203 (S) David Katter 24.504 (S) Mathew Wetmore 25.005 (NC) Jacob Geyfan 25.08 Diving 1(NC) Bobby Ross2 (NC) Billy Christopher3 (S) Tanner Blank4 (S) Andrew Cohen5 (NC) Kate Ray 100 Butterfly 1 (NC) Austin Wolff 54.372 (S) Mathew Wisher 59.343 (NC) Stefan Pla 59.664 (S) Marcus Russi 1:00.405 (S) Mathew Wetmore 1:02.08\ 100 Freestyle 1 (NC) Ian Robert 49.402 (S) Nathaniel Boley 50.523 (S) Kyle Bacon 52.214 (NC) Brian Bodick 54.525 (S) Chris Mombell 500 Freestyle 1 (S) Jonathan Blansfield 4:56.352 (NC) John Santoro 4:57.343 (NC) Steven Skaperdas 5:04.764 (S) Daniel Williams 5:08.125 (S) Justin Krakoff 5:26.61 200 Free Relay 1 (NC) Austin Wolff, Ned Thunem, Steven Skaperdas, Ian Robert  1:34.072 (S) Nathaniel Boley, Mathew Wetmore, Kyle Bacon, Justin Krakoff  1:35.073 (S) Marcus Russi, Tyler Crowder, David Katter, Jonathan Blansfield  1:39.64 100 Backstroke 1 (S) Mathew Wisher 58.722 (NC) Brian Bodick 1:00.303 (S) Max Wimer 1:03.714 (S) Michael Deluca 1:04.045 (NC) Jack Robey 1:11.60 100 Breastroke 1 (NC) Ned Thunem 1:05.222 (S) Joss Abel 1:06.713 (S) Chris Mombeelo 1:07.874 (S) North Woods 1:09.875 (NC) Jack Alexander 1:12.32 400 Freestyle Relay 1 (S) Jonathan Blansfield, Kyle Bacon, Daniel Williams, Nathaniel Boley 3:26.892 (NC) Ian Robert, Steven Skaperdas, Stepfan Pla, John Santoro 3:26.943 (S) Justin Krakoff, Marcus Russi, Joss Abel, Matt Wisher 3:40.15

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