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Sarah Grinalds of Fairfield Ludlowe after taking first-place in the 50 freestyle at the FCIAC Championships last season. Grinalds, who will be a sophomore this fall, also won the 50 free at the Class LL tournament and should be one off the top swimmers in the region. less
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Sarah Grinalds of Fairfield Ludlowe after taking first-place in the 50 freestyle at the FCIAC Championships last season. Grinalds, who will be a sophomore this fall, also won the 50 free at the Class LL ... more
There is strength in numbers. And for the first time in a while, Ludlowe girls’ swimming coach Sara Peck has just that.
Led by All-FCIAC performer sophomore Sarah Grinalds, the Falcons return 17 swimmers and that depth and experience is cause for optimism this fall.
“We were able to expand our roster this year. Our major strength this year over last year is in our numbers,” Peck wrote in her prospectus to the Citizen. “The girls are more dynamic this year as well. The talent the girls bring every year continues to grow each season.”
As a freshman last fall, Grinalds won the 50-yard freestyle in the Class LL tournament, touching the wall in 24 seconds flat. She also took second in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing in :52.38 seconds. She also swam for the Falcons in the 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle relays.
Led by captains Riley Blumenfield, Isabella Carrano and Madison Keith, Ludlowe also brings back Brittany Marson, Natalia Nawrocka, Serena Perillo, Hannah Arman (10th, Class LL 100-yard backstroke), Sydney Delannoy, Ingrid Duffy, Maxine Hebert, Grace Holmberg (24th in the Class LL 200 IM), Ana Jankovsky, Emily Ji, Katie Thornton, Alexandra Cervone and Leandra Grantham.
“It has been a great experience to watch this girls’ team improve every year. They are a high energy, talented group of ladies who make me proud as a coach,” Peck wrote. “Each year I have been coaching, my team has outperformed the previous year’s team. I would like to continue to see this pattern for this year and future years.”
And that could happen, if … the Falcons were able to get more practice time in the pool.
“As always, our biggest weakness comes from a lack of space in the pool,” Peck wrote. “We are lucky to be at an outdoor facility for the first few weeks but after that we are lucky to get three lanes at Fairfield University.”
New coachAmy Radovic takes over for Georg Palmgren and has to overcome the loss of seven swimmers. However, the Mustangs return 10 seniors, led by captains Erica de la Garrigue — who finished 17th in the 200-yard Class LL freestyle relay — and Janice Liu.
The Mustangs placed 17th in the Class L tournament last fall, led by freshman (now sophomore) Katy Saladin, who placed 14th in the 100-yard backstroke (1:02.92) and also swam in the 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay. Michaela Sell and diver Tess Shinbaum also return.
“We are looking to focus on personal and team growth,” Radovic wrote in her prospectus to the Citizen. “Versatility of swimmers, a large experienced senior class, and two very talented divers.”