Staples boys swim coach Frisk Driscoll was unsure how all the hard work his swimmers put in during the offseason would translate to in the pool in a competitive atmosphere.
He was very pleased after the Wreckers opened their season with a 104-70 win over host Norwalk/McMahon on Wednesday afternoon.
"It was very eye-opening," Driscoll said. "You see the kids in practice and you go over certain skills and you hope as a coach when you get to the meet you hope they're engrained in their DNA. Some people just have that extra gear when they race. What I saw today was very exciting, something we can build on."
Wreckers senior Jonathan Blansfield won each of his three events: as part of the 200 medley relay (1:48.57), the 200 I.M. (2:01.15) and the 100 backstroke (51.29). Blansfield was neck-and-neck with Norwalk's Eddie Donovan in the 200 I.M. before claiming the win by 0.31. Christopher Mombello, also part of the 200 medley relay win, finished first in the 50 freestyle for Staples.
Driscoll was also pleased with the depth of his roster after a solid performance Wednesday.
"We've got guys everywhere," Driscoll said. "Our lane six swimmers; we saw a lot of fast swims from that lane in comparison from where they were last year. In terms of time and expectations they are way ahead of schedule."
Anthony Dell'lsola took first place in the 200 freestyle (1:49.05) and the 500 freestyle (4:54.89) while Donovan finished first in the 100 butterfly (54.66) for the Bears.
Wreckers' seniorNorth Woods finished in second in the 100 breaststroke.Daniel Williams was part of two relay winning races and placed second in the 100 freestyle.
"I was happy with where we swam today," Norwalk coach Doug Marchetti said. "It was a typical early-season meet. We had some kids that I thought swam well; I think it was a great learning experience for my new swimmers that hadn't swam competitively."
Early seasons meets serve as a perfect opportunity to hone skills while competing at the same time. The Wreckers worked extra hard on getting off the perfect start in each event.
"We've been practicing dolphin kicking off our streamline," Driscoll said. "We've been preaching that that's the fastest you're going to be you should take advantage of the speed. It is a new concept for some of the kids but I thought they executed well today.
Staples defeated Norwalk 103-72 last season.