Trumbull High\u2019s girls swimming and diving team has a large roster and hopes to turn its depth into a successful campaign.The Eagles lost to Westhill\/Stamford, 103-83, in a home meet at Hillcrest Middle School on Friday and fell to 0-3. The early-season struggles can be chalked up \u2013 in part \u2013 to the high level of competition Trumbull has faced. The first two meets were against defending state class champions Darien and Greenwich. \u201cWe started off against two of the toughest teams in the state,\u201d coach Bill Strickland said. Hidden in the team results are individual efforts, and there\u2019s been progress in the early going. \u201cOur times are dropping,\u201d he said. Strickland has been pleased with how his squad has come together and performed well despite not having access to its home pool for tryouts and preseason practice; the team trained at the outdoor pool at Tashua Knolls Golf Course. \u201cThe girls have done a great job persevering,\u201d he notes. \u201cAs a team, we\u2019re really starting to gel.\u201d Strickland notes that last year\u2019s team had 15 state championship meet qualifiers, and he\u2019s hoping the Eagles send more into the postseason this time around. Trumbull is also seeking a top-five FCIAC finish. \u201cWe have a long way to go if we\u2019re going to get there,\u201d Strickland said. \u201cWe just have to put our heads down and work for it.\u201d The roster has a whopping 43 team members, and Strickland says the squad is working out who will swim in which spots, and when, as the season unfolds. \u201cIt\u2019s a luxury,\u201d Strickland said. \u201cThe advantage is you have the depth in a meet, but the disadvantage is limited pool space for training. The Eagles have adapted well to sharing pool time with each other, and have a good attitude. \u201cWe\u2019ve really been coming together as a team. We\u2019ve been doing a lot of team bonding activities,\u201d captain and middle-distance swimmer Sarah Dwyer said. \u201cEveryone\u2019s had a great attitude so far,\u201d captain and breaststroker Amanda Daigle added. \u201cThe team spirit\u2019s through the roof.\u201d In the meet against Westhill\/Stamford, the team\u2019s home opener, the 200 yard medley relay group of Samantha Werner, Delaney Walsh, Skyler Marini, and Sophia Bragg placed second in a time of 2:42.68. Dwyer was runner-up in the 200 freestyle race, making her final touch in 2:05.27. The 200 individual medley race yielded another second-place finish for the hosts, as Walsh finished in 2:21.67. Trumbull had the top swimmer in the 50 freestyle as Bragg led the way with a time of 25.95. In the diving competition, Kristen Miolene placed second with a score of 139.90. Out of the diving break, the Eagles had yet another runner-up outcome as Marini finished the 100 butterfly race with a time of 1:08.34. Dwyer provided another first-place finish by winning the 100 freestyle in 56.42. In the 500, Werner came in second in a time of 5:47.81. In the 200 free relay race, Bragg, Karina Walsh, Nancie Ziegler, and Dwyer finished first in 1:47.15. Werner placed second in the 100 backstroke race, with a time of 1:04.90. Delaney Walsh was second in the 100 breaststroke race in 1:14.46. In the 400 free relay competition, Marini, Stephanie Chow, Katie Merkle, and Karina Walsh took the second spot in 4:02.39. Other seniors and juniors who help lead the way, including Victoria Batchelor, Natalia Ignatov, Teresa Nguyen, Bridget Nusom, Emma Roca, Louisa Rossel, Halley Shambra and Madeline Weinstein.