Graham, Del Sol lead Darien ski team
Following a severe snowstorm delay, the Darien ski team raced on both Wednesday and Thursday of last week on Mt. Southington. On Wednesday, Jan.28, the Blue Wave took to the snow against Fairfield Prep, Staples, St. Luke's School and Westbrook. Co-captains Katharine Graham and Taylor Hart each notched a top-10 finish among the 80 varsity girl skiers competing. Graham recorded the second-fastest time on the mountain (48.74 seconds), while Hart completed the day's seventh-best race (50.05).
Overall, the girls' varsity team finished third with a time of 321.49 seconds, nearly 10 seconds shy of first-place Staples (311.64). The boys' varsity team defeated St. Luke's School and Westbrook, en route to posting a seventh-place finish.
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"We have crossed the halfway point in the season," said coach Brian Zeyer. "The boys' team, led by senior co-captain Peter Del Col, is doing well with a record of seven wins and nine losses. The girls' team is having a strong showing with seven wins and three losses. We only have a few seniors this year, and they are all bringing in points for their teams."
Other girl skiers included Maggie Skeats (51.82), Carly Schoudel (54.78), Caitlin Keady (56.76), Adrianna Dziedzic (59.27), Madison Maier (62.30), Christina Molkenthin (62.88), Maggie Reilly (63.18) and Lila Seeman (63.24).
The Darien boys featured Peter Del Col (46.45), Brooks Daley (47.69), Chris von Stuelpnagel (53.34), Mac Forbes (53.57), Graham Skeats (54.70), R. J. Murray (55.39), Seth Canaday (56.50), Gray Kline (57.15), Slater Lovegrove (58.96) and Sam Arrix (disqualified).
One day later, Darien faced off against Berlin, Glastonbury, Hand, Ridgefield, Southington and Wilton at Mt. Southington. Once again, the Blue Wave girls boasted two racers in the top-10, as Kyla Pech joined Katharine Graham at the top.
The girls' varsity team compiled a total time of 309.91 seconds, good for fourth overall. Separated by a mere second, Ridgefield (305.54) and Wilton (304.53) went home the best team times. Meanwhile, the boys' varsity team finished at a collective 311.13 seconds and simultaneously earned a sixth-place finish ahead of Berlin, Hand and Southington.
The Darien girls' times on Jan. 29 were as follows:
Kyla Pech (48.58), Katharine Graham (48.67), Taylor Hart (50.28), Maggie Skeats (51.55), Carly Schoudel (54.66), Caitlin Keady (56.27), Adrianna Dziedzic (58.69), Christina Molkenthin (60.35), Maggie Reilly (60.67) and Madison Maier (60.71).
The Blue Wave boys finished with similar times:
Peter Del Col (46.66), Brooks Daley (48.24), Chris von Stuelpnagel (52.23), Graham Skeats (54.36), R. J. Murray (54.56), Sam Arrix (54.98), Seth Canaday (56.60), Gray Kline (58.60), Slater Lovegrove (58.78) and Trevor LaVecchia (64.99).