GIRLS SWIMMING 2017: Area team-by-team capsules

GIRLS SWIMMING 2017: Area team-by-team capsules

Record-Journal


SOUTHINGTON

COACH: Evan Tuttle (8th year).

ASSISTANT COACH: Tammi Haynes.

LAST YEAR: 8-2, 3-2 CCC West.

KEY LOSSES: Graduated 17 seniors including Julianna Ferreri, Julia Mularczyk, Madison Osakowicz, Jess Piotrowski, Sam Sagnella, Kerry Buchanan (captain), Katie Estell (captain), Evelyn Holbrook (captain), Hannah Olsen (captain).

KEY RETURNERS: Olivia Fournier (sr. capt.), Gina Calo (sr. capt.), Cheyanne Young (sr. capt.), Jess Monte (sr. capt.), Kara Zazzaro (jr.).

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Diver Julie Duszak joins the girls squad after competing with the boys team in the winter. She will be joined by a strong freshman core of Maddie Symecko, Meghan Hammarlund, Andie Nadeau, Kayla-Thanh Nguyen and Adessa Noyes.

OF NOTE: As in 2015, three school records were broken in 2016. Fournier broke her own records in 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle and was part of the 200 free relay with Mularczyk, Buchanan and Olsen. The team enjoyed four conference champion titles, advanced to LL state finals in eight events and further advanced in three events to the State Open.

OUTLOOK: “We will work tirelessly day in and day out to improve, and will not settle for less than our best. The Lady Knights look to qualify as many athletes as possible into the post season and make another push for State Opens,” Tuttle said.

LYMAN HALL

COACH: Donna Neary (2nd year in most recent stint as head coach, 24 total).

LAST YEAR: 7-4, 6-1 SCC Division II (2nd place).

KEY LOSSES: Casey Loughlin.

KEY RETURNERS: Nicole Cislo (sr. capt., breaststroke, sprints), Hollieanne Lao (sr. capt., freestyler), Nikki Raffles (sr. capt., backstroke, IM), Sarah Beverage (jr., sprints), Kristina Driscoll (jr., IM, backstroke), Faith Gambardella (so., distance, backstroke), Madison Nemec (so., distance), Olivia Mandy (sr., diving), Maeve Montante (so., butterfly, IM), Ashley Whittier (sr. diving).

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Jaime Blois (fr. breaststroke, distance), Alyssa Cervero (fr., diving), Claire Riccitelli (fr. diving).

OF NOTE: Loughlin, All-SCC as a freshman, will not swim with the Trojans this year, opting instead to stay with her club team, the Cheshire Sea Dogs. She was a part of the 200 medley and freestyle relay teams that broke school records last fall. Lyman Hall moves from Class L to Class M this season.

OUTLOOK: “We would like to improve upon our record from last year and get as many kids qualified for states and break a few records,” Neary said. “Cisclo and Driscoll are close to breaking school records.”

CHESHIRE

COACH: Dan Mascolo (6th year/51-2).

ASSISTANTS: Shea Moriarty (4th year), Patty Conte (6th year, diving).

LAST YEAR: 11-0, SCC regular season and postseason champions, 2nd Class L, 5th State Open.

KEY LOSSES: Danielle Dietrich, Cameryn Guetens, Lily Kurtz, Emily Murphy, Kathryn Robinson.

KEY RETUNERS: Elizabeth Boyer (sr., capt. All-State, All-American Consideration), Jordyn Deubel (sr., capt. All-State, All-American Consideration), Stephanie Silin (sr., capt. state finalist), Lexi Tejeda (sr.), Sienna Breton (jr., state finalist), Julia Stevens (All-State, All-American Consideration), Esther Han (jr., All-State), Shannon Lindsey (jr., All-State), Shannon Lindsey (All-State).

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Mary Barto (fr., butterfly, breaststroke), Sophie Murphy (fr. backstroke, freestyle), Grace Pettit (fr., distance), Bella Tejeda (fr. butterfly), Ali Tyler (fr. IM, freestyle, backstroke).

OF NOTE: Cheshire hasn’t lost a dual meet in three years. Its winning streak stands at 33.

OUTLOOK: “We haven’t talked about that,” Mascolo answered when asked if the Rams can win a state title this fall. “Everyone would have swim their fastest at their biggest meet of the year. I think if the girls all swim their best and to their abiltiy at the right time and do it the right way, we should be in contention for the state title. Darien, New Canaan and Wilton all are really strong teams.”

SHEEHAN

COACH: Dan Wostbrock (5th year).

LAST YEAR: 6-1 SCC Division II (2nd place).

KEY LOSSES: Lindsey Fitzgerald Shannon Blakeslee Tess DiDomenico.

KEY RETURNERS: Carly Conchado (sr. capt., non-freestyle strokes), Marissa Soldi (sr. capt., diving), Katie Cosgrove (jr. capt., sprints)

OF NOTE: Numbers are down. Wostbrock has only 15 members athletes at his disposal. Fitzgerald, Blakeslee and DiDomenico leave big holes in scoring that may be difficult to match.

OUTLOOK: “I’m optimistic,” Wostbrock said. “We will put together some good times, but having 15 girls, including three divers and a few new swimmers, it makes for an uphill battle. But I’m looking forward to see what the girls can do. Again, I’m optimistic.”

MERIDEN CO-OP

COACH: Ed Heath (28th year, 4th as Co-Op).

ASSISTANT COACHES: Kelly Rodriguez, Trish Wodatch.

LAST YEAR: 3-8.

KEY LOSSES: Emily Coleman, Samantha Murcia, Jessica Despres.

2017 ROSTER: Olivia Murphy (sr. capt., backstroke, butterfly), Jocelyn Rodriguez (sr. capt., sprints), Katelyn Kile (sr., capt. distance), Katherine Aceves (jr., breaststroke, IM).

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Samantha Morales-Barszcz (fr., backstroke, freestyle).

OF NOTE: Heath has a 23 swimmers, which is a high-water mark in the four years of the city co-op.

OUTLOOK: “My numbers are great and I can fill every event,” Heath said. “We have a lot of improvement to do. There’s a lot teaching going on and I look forward to a fun and enjoyable season.

Compiled by Sean Krofssik


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