Saturday, 17 November 2012 23:15
You’ve heard of Blue Monday? Well November 17th, 2012, was a Blue and White Saturday.
Darien added three State championship plaques to the high school trophy case as the field hockey, volleyball and girls swimming and diving teams all won titles to complete the fall sports season in style.
The top-seeded Darien field hockey team kicked off the day with a 4-0 rout of No. 2 Cheshire in the Class LL final at Wethersfield’s Cottone Field.
Claire Culliton led the Blue Wave with two goals, while Hollis Perticone and Georgia Cassidy each had a goal and an assist. Lexi Perticone dished out a pair of assists, and goalie Danica Hornick earned the shutout with five saves.
Darien’s field hockey team has won five State championships in the past six years and seven overall since 1981. The Wave won four straight Class M titles from 2007-2010, and moved up to Class L this season.
This afternoon, the Blue Wave’s girls swimming and diving team made it two State championships in less than a week when it captured its first State Open title at Yale’s Kiphuth Pool. Darien had claimed its second straight Class L title on Wednesday.
Darien racked up 548 to win the Open by more than 100 points. Wave highlights included a pair of wins for senior Olivia Leunis in the 200-yard individual medley (2:05.81) and the 100-yard breaststroke (1:04.96), a victory for senior Caroline Orem in the 100-yard backstroke (57.31), and a win for the 200-yard medley relay team of Orem, junior Victoria Chao, Leunis, and freshman Lauren Rutledge, who finished in 1:48.51.
The FCIAC fared well at the Open, as the New Canaan Rams took second place with 439 points, and Greenwich was third with 436.5 points.
Darien’s volleyball team capped the day with a 3-0 sweep of Cheshire in the CIAC Class LL final in East Haven. The Blue Wave won by scores of 25-14, 25-18, and 25-21.
Darien has won 16 State championships overall, with all of them coming during the past 20 years. The Wave has reached the state finals 17 times and is 16-1 in the title games, sweeping its opponent 11 times.