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Captains Lead Greenwich to Swimming Victory

Just three meets into the season, the Greenwich High School boys swim team already looks like a well-oiled machine. The three-time defending FCIAC champion Cardinals made quick work of a shorthanded Rams squad at the New Canaan YMCA on Wednesday. Captains Andrew Dillinger, Eric Minowitz and Michael Dustin paced Greenwich as it came away with a convincing 104-82 win over New Canaan.

"It was New Canaan's first meet of the year, so we really didn't know what to expect," Dustin said. "I'm glad we did as well as we did because they gave us some tough matchups and gave a strong showing."

Greenwich set the tone early, winning the opening 200-yard medley relay in 1:52.18. The Cardinals were on their way to victory after Dillinger blew away the competition with a 1:49.20 finish in the 200 freestyle. Greenwich had a swimmer place first in every individual event except for two. The Cardinals also won two of the three relays.

Dillinger showed his versatility by taking first in the 500 freestyle in 5:07.91. Dustin took first in 200 individual medley (2:01.27) and the 100 butterfly (52.67). Minowitz topped off the stellar performances by the captains with a win in the 50 freestyle (22.58) and a second in the 100 freestyle (48.87).

Connor Brissan took first in diving with a score of 299.55, but New Canaan took second, third and fourth, nearly putting it back in the hunt. A solid victory in the 200-freestyle relay put to rest any chances of a New Canaan comeback. Tony Martir was the final first-place finisher for Greenwich, grabbing the top spot in the 100 breaststroke.

"I think we actually got off to a lousy start. We were feeling the effects of our last two races," Greenwich head coach Terry Lowe said. "But Dustin and Dillinger really stepped up for us to make up for it. We'll see some good races out of New Canaan later in the season."

Greenwich will take on the Fairfield Ludlowe-Warde Co-Op team in the friendly confines of the GHS pool on Friday.

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