For the Fairfield Warde girls swimming and diving team, improving every day has been the mantra.

Oh yeah, and beating arch-rival Ludlowe is not bad either.

The Mustangs placed first in eight races as Warde beat Ludlowe on senior day 109-75 at Fairfield University.

Warde was pleased to overcome a 97-86 defeat to the Falcons in 2009.

"We lost to them last year," Warde senior captain Liz Watson said. "It was great to get that last win against Ludlowe."

Warde won its second meet of the year, and second consecutive meet. The Mustangs beat St. Joseph on Oct. 6.

"I have to give them a lot of credit," Warde head coach Georg Palmgren said. "They've come a long way from the beginning of the season."

Ludlowe fell to 1-4 on the year.

"I'm really proud of my swimmers," Ludlowe head coach Darby Golino said.

The Mustangs took control of the meet from the start of the competition, when the Mustangs won the diving competition behind Kylie More. Ludlowe's Dani Pasquerelli and freshman Victoria Godfred placed second and third, respectively as well.

Warde then took the 200 medley relay, with a come from behind performance by its two final legs, Eden Shoshan and Carin Gannon, taking the race by 1.2 seconds. Warde also finished third and fourth in the race, taking 10 points.

Palmgren was especially complementary of his 500-freestyle team.

"There were some nice surprises there," he said.

Watson paced the Mustangs, winning two events, the 200-freestyle and 500-freestyle, and racing as the anchor leg in a third winning event, the 200-freestyle relay. She was pleased with her -- and her team's -- performance.

"We've begun to trust and rely on each other form," Watson said. "I'm definitely happy with the result."

Gaby Spinoza and Claire Bollman boosted the Mustangs' performance as well.

Senior Samantha Hilton led Ludlowe, taking first place in the 200-individual medley and also helping the Falcons earn points in both of the relays as her group placed second in each.

"We did really well," Hilton said

For Ludlowe, freshman Isabel Fitter ran the anchor leg in the 200-freestyle relay for a second place finish and took second in the 200-freestyle as well. Fitter placed in each of the three events in which she competed.

"A lot of girls had their best times of the season," Golino said. "They were fighting hard and I'm proud of them for that."

Despite the final score, several of the races were extremely close, especially in terms of placing. The 50-freestyle and 100-freestyle finished within a second for first and second.

Both sides were getting prepared for FCIACs and states. The girls and the coaching staffs are excited with the progress that each has made.

"I'm very happy," Golino said. "Our upperclassmen are swimming faster than they were at this time last year."

"We expect to continue to improve," Palmgren said. "

Warde will compete again on Thursday at Danbury at 6:30 p.m. and the Falcons will take on New Canaan today at Fairfield University at 3:15 p.m.