A team of 13- and 14-year olds from the Wilton Wahoos broke a state record in a meet earlier this month. Unfortunately for the fast foursome, the record won't be recognized by the state because it was not in a sanctioned meet.
The team of Stephanie Moriarty, Alyssa Storino, Verity Abel and Kristen Moss swam the 200-medley relay in 1:50:23. The existing state mark is 1:51.81, set by a team from Cheshire in 1996. The Wahoos set the record in the Connecticut State YMCA State Championships. However, the meet was not a Connecticut swimming-sanctioned event. The girls will have to settle for a Wahoos record, breaking a mark that was set in 2005, and the knowledge that they are the fastest medley relay in Connecticut history. The girls will not get another chance to take down the state record because Moriarty turned 15 on Jan. 18.
"The girls brought it to my attention that they thought they had a shot,'' Wahoos senior team coach Todd Stevens said. "We went for it in Long Island, and we came up a little bit short. They asked if they could do it in the YMCA meet, and I said absolutely. It wasn't registering with me that it wouldn't count as a state record. They have to feel comfort in their hearts that they are the fastest to swim in the 200-medley relay in the state."
Moriarty and Moss are from Wilton; Abel is from Westport and Storino from Trumbull. Even more impressive is that Stevens did not have his girls focus on the record. The most important meets of the season are in the next few months. "We're more apt to focus on personal performances,'' Stevens said. "If they capture a record in a race along the way, it's a nice feather to put in your cap. It's not all about records."
Stevens was the coach of the Cheshire team that set the previous record. Now, he's seeking for a girl to replace Moriarty on the relay. "We have some big meets later,'' Stevens said. "That was not a focus meet for us."
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