Cool in the pool: Darien swimmers top rival New Canaan

Darien’s Kaitlyn Holmes competes in the 100 breaststroke during the Blue Wave’s win over rival New Canaan Wednesday at the Darien YMCA. — Dave Stewart photo

The Darien Blue Wave had more than two weeks off since their last dual meet and then, just to spice things up a bit, they squared off against a strong New Canaan team in their return to the pool.

Pressure, anxiety, a challenge — call it what you will. It didn’t seem to faze Darien.

The Blue Wave picked up eight event wins and rolled to a 95.5-85.5 victory over rival New Canaan Wednesday afternoon at the Darien YMCA. It was a stunning performance, as the Wave led by 35 points before swimming the last two races as exhibitions.

As far as head coach Marj Trifone was concerned, this was the meet when everyone on her team hit their stride.

“We swam really well,” Trifone said. “We pulled it together as a team. I swam around a little bit in some events and we had to count on a good, strong group of freshman, who really had a great meet and pulled through. I told them just worry about places not times today, and race, and we all just came together as a team. It’s the first meet that everyone really hit the bell on.”

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