Trumbull using meets as learning took for postseason

Olivia Zint, Erin Racicot, Lauren Walsh, Nora Hampford and Kailey Caballero captain Trumbull's girls swim & dive team.

Olivia Zint, Erin Racicot, Lauren Walsh, Nora Hampford and Kailey Caballero captain Trumbull’s girls swim & dive team.

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Gauging where and who to swim in certain events in an ongoing process for Trumbull coach Bill Strickland.

“This is the first time in a while that these girls have had FCIACs or states. It is a great feeling. It gives the girls something to look forward to,” Strickland said. “The young girls will get to see how fast the FCIAC is. We are in a conference with amazing swimmers and amazing coaches. The regular season meets gives us a chance to see where the girls can best compete.”

Trumbull’s home pool at Hillcrest is closed until further notice. They travel in alternate weeks to Orange and Westport. This means practices are 30 minutes shorter than the usual two hours.

Strickland said: “With less pool time, you have to squeeze a lot in. Our seniors -- Lauren Walsh, Nora Hampford, Erin Racicot, Olivia Zint, Kailey Caballero and Farrah Hass -- share their pool experiences with the younger girls. They learned in our successful seasons, pre-COVID, that you can’t ride the coattails of the veteran swimmers. You have got to step up now.”

Strickland is using meets to see how girls do in a variety of events.

“We have a young, developmental team, he said. “Once this class of senior’s leaves, we have a few juniors. Our sophomores and freshmen are versatile but need work,” Strickland said. “These first few meets we’ve been able to put girls in where they don’t usually compete. This shows us what we have.”

There are exceptions to where swimmers are placed.

“Lauren Walsh is one of the best in the state in the 100 breaststroke,” Strickland said. “Nora Hampford leads our backstrokers. Erin Racicot is tops in the butterfly. Kailey Caballaro swims freestyle, some breaststroke and butterfly. Abby Adams, a junior, takes over the distance events. Lauren Clark another junior, is a great sprinter and freestyler. She is hitting her stride in the short sprint events as well. Caroline Kozak, a sophomore in the only diver we have with Farrah out with an injury. She is doing an amazing job.”

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