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SCC Girls Swimming & Diving 2020 Season Preview

SCC Girls Swimming & Diving 2020 Season Preview

* The 2020 SCC season begins Thursday, Oct. 1.  Most meets will be competed "virtually".

* There are two divisions:

A:  Amity Regional, Cheshire, North Haven, Daniel Hand, Lauralton Hall, Hamden, Mercy, Jonathan Law

B: Lyman Hall, East Haven/Wilbur Cross co-op, Branford, Foran, Guilford, Sheehan, Shelton, Sacred Heart Academy, West Haven

* Cheshire is the defending SCC, Class L and State Open champion.  North Haven captured the Class M state title a year ago.

* League postseason competition is still being determined.  

 

AMITY REGIONAL Lady Spartans

Head Coach: Todd Rainey (15th year)

2019 Recap: Finished 2nd at SCC championships

2020 Captains: Elizabeth Buckley, Natalie Carrington, Olivia Fryer, Emma Tirollo

Top Returners:

Emma Tirollo – Sprint Freestyler

Olivia Fryer – Backstroke, 200 Free

Elizabeth Buckley – Diver

Natalie Carrington- Distance Free

Nicole Bier – Diver

Kaite O’Connor – Butterfly, Sprint Free 2019 All-SCC, Class LL All-State

Julia Snow – Distance Free

2020 Season Outlook

“In this unusual season, we would first like our girls to come together as a team, train as hard as possible, and give each other as much of a sense of normalcy as possible. With the leadership of our captains, this team has excelled in practices so far and looks forward to a challenging and exciting dual meet season. As always, the SCC is highly competitive and this it was brings out the best in our girls”.

 

BRANFORD Hornets

Head Coach: Scott Butler (14th year)

2019 Recap: Finished 11th at SCC Championships

2020 Captains: Melissa Juliano, Katie Pearsall, Anna Denda

Top Returners:

Erika Barone (50/100 free, 100 back) – Class M state finalist

Melissa Juliano (50/100 free, 100 back) – Class M state finalist

2020 Outlook

“ The season will be like no other.  Virtual meets will ask these athletes to compete like they haven’t before.  Practice restrictions will limit many key factors, but we will work hard and compete.”

 

CHESHIRE Rams

Head Coach: Dave Modzelewski (3rd season)

2019 Recap: Won the SCC championship for 8th straight year; won the Class L and State Open titles

2020 Captains: Sophie Murphy, Mary Barto, Natalie DeMatteo

Top Returners:

Sophie Murphy, Senior, All Conference, All State

Nora Bergstrom, Senior, All Conference, All State

Mary Barto, Senior, All Conference

Bella Tejeda, Senior, All Conference

Emma Glover, Senior, All Conference, All State

Natalie DeMatteo (Diver), Senior

Avery Potyrala, Sophomore, All Conference, All State

Julianna Tyler, Sophomore, All Conference

Top Incoming Freshman: Julia Barto, Grace Hanke, Morgan McDonough

2020 Season Outlook

“We are excited to see what this year’s team and season will bring. We graduated a lot of very talented Seniors, but have a new Senior Class looking to make their mark in the Cheshire legacy, and Junior and Sophomore Class looking to continue their success, and a bunch of new freshman looking to take their first steps in a program deep in tradition.”

 

DANIEL HAND Tigers

Head Coach: Jen Lyman

2019 Recap:  Finished 4th at SCC championships; was the runner-up at the Class M state meet

 

EAST HAVEN/WILBUR CROSS CO-OP

Head Coach: Leann Boisvert

2019 Recap: Finished 10th at SCC championships

2020 Captains: JJ Kim & Alora McCarroll

Top Returners:

Norah Rome - 2018 All State: 500 yd Freestyle; Julia Rosado - SCCs: 500 yd Freestyle; Alora McCarroll: 100 Breaststroke; JJ Kim: 100 IM

2020 Season Outlook

“More important than winning, is the idea of a growth mindset. 2020 is a year of rebuilding and gaining traction within our schools. We hope to grow our team and encourage more individuals to join us and follow our journey throughout the upcoming season.

 

FORAN Lions

Head Coach: Meghan Condon (2nd year)

2019 Recap: Finished 12th at SCC championships

2020 Captains: Jenna Chicowski, Emily Eschweiler, Chloe Oliver, Kaya Vital

Top Returners:

Jenna Chicowski (Diver, 9th place at SCC championships in 2019)

Kaya Vital (Breaststroke)

Emma Fiorillo (Breaststroker)

 

2020 Season Outlook:

We are thrilled to be back in the pool and able to practice and compete as a team!  While competition will look different this year, the Lions are ready to swim fast and dive well.  As a team, we are looking forward to many personal bests in the pool, on the board and know that together we can accomplish anything!”

 

GUILFORD

Head Coach: Jennifer Amasino

2019 Recap: Finished 13th at SCC championships

2020 Captains: Haley Moriarity, Julia Earle

Top Returners:

Haley Moriarity (100 free, 100 breast), Grace Young (100 breast, 200 IM), Alyssa Simione (200 free relay, 400 free relay), Rylan Jacobson (100 breast, 200 IM), Brynn Leslie (500 free)

2020 Season Outlook:

After finishing ninth at states and having our first winning season, we hope to contine building out team depth and overall records.  We will have fun and embrace the opportunity to compete.  We will enjoy each moment with the team because we never know what tomorrow will bring."

 

HAMDEN Green Dragons

Head Coach: Nate Hill (10th year)

2019 Recap:  Finished 6th at SCC championships

2020 Captains: Wynter Berube and Emma Panaroni

Top Returners:

Emma Panaroni is a 4 yr Varsity letter winner- school record holder in 100 Backstroke and member of record breaking 200 Medley and 200 Free Relays

Wynter Berube is another 4 yr varsity letter winner. A top butterflier on team and SCC Finalist in that event.  A versatile swimmer that can be used in 200 IM, 500 Free as well as all relays.

Amanda Wojenski- Junior who is a talented and versatile swimmer- ).  LL Finalist in 200 IM and 100 Fly.  Also a top breaststroker and sprinter (100 and 50 Free).  Member of 200 Medley and 200 Freestyle school record setting relays last season.

Genevieve Dichiara is a young standout and we are looking for big things this season.  Top distance swimmer and was an SCC finalist in 500 Free and LL qualifier with a time big drop in the LL Trials last season as a freshman.

Lillian Druvfa is a junior gymnast who has continued to be our top diver.  She was an SCC (Top 6 finisher) and LL Finalist last season and we look for some solid performances this year.  I am confident that if there were a LL Championship this season she would be in the hunt for another top performance.

2020 Season Outlook:

“With all the uncertainty we have been dealing with it is just nice to have the team back in the water following some sort of routine.  I think the team is appreciative just to be able to train and even have a few competitions this season.  As coaches, Jody and I are hopeful that we are able to finish the season with the team healthy and safe.  Good luck to the rest of our SCC family.”

 

JONATHAN LAW Lady Lawmen

Head Coach: Rob Rosner (4th year)

2020 Captains: Olivia Franzman, Athena Homorodean, Hannah Rascoll, Hennessey Shane

Top Returners:

Athena Homorodean, Senior Captain (10th overall in the 200 Freestyle at Class S Finals 2019. Events: 200 Freestyle, 500 Freestyle, 50 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke)

Hennessey Shane, Senior Captain (8th overall in the 100 Breaststroke at Class S Finals 2019. Events: 200 IM, 50 Freestyle, 500 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke)

Hannah Rascoll, Senior Captain (22nd overall in the 500 Freestyle at Class S Finals 2019. Events: 200 Freestyle, 500 Freestyle)

Olivia Franzman, Senior Captain (Events: 200 Freestyle, 500 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke)

Emma Savoie, Junior (All-State 2019. 3rd Overall in the 500 Freestyle at Class S Finals 2019. Events: 200 IM, 50 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle, 100 Butterfly, 500 Free, 100 Backstroke)

MaKenna Sharpe, Junior (All-State 2019, 9th overall at Open Championships 2019. Events: Diving)

Alexa Darak, Junior (10th overall in the 100 Butterfly at Class S Finals 2019. Events: 200 IM, 50 Free, 100 Butterfly, 500 Freestyle)

2020 Season Outlook

“Our goals this season are to have steady improvement in the areas of specific skills and technique that will hopefully lead to personal best times across the board. Another goal is to put in the effort and work necessary to put ourselves in a position to compete at our conference and state meets. Additionally, under these unique circumstances, we are stressing the importance of bonding together, as well as supporting each other’s social emotional well-being.”

 

LAURALTON HALL Crusaders

Head Coach: Paul Katz (1st season)

2019 Recap: Finished 5th at SCC championships

2020 Captains: Swimming - Catherine McLaughlin & Vivian Freitas; Diving – Maeve McClure

Top Returners:

Claire Kehley (Jr): S Class 1st 200 & 500 Fr; 3rd Opens; All Conf. 2018; All-State 2018, 2019

Vivian Freitas (Sr): S Class 1st 100 Back; SCC All-Conf. 2019: All-State 2017, 2018, 2019

Caroline Begg (Jr): S Class 2nd 500 Fr, 3rd 200 Fr; All-State 2018 & 2019

Ashlyn Blessey (Jr): S Class 4th 50 Fr, 3rd 100 Fr; All-State 2018 & 2019

2020 Season Outlook

“Adherence to safe practices during the challenging Covid era is essential.  Season expectations focus on a winning virtual dual meet record and, hopefully, having the opportunity for the girls to participate in post dual season meet tournament events.  Team goals: Reach individual goals as set by each team member while working in unison to win dual meets and set new school records in relays and individual events”

 

LYMAN HALL Lady Trojans

Head Coach: Donna Neary

2019 Recap: Finished 9th at SCC championships

2020 Captains: Jaime Blois, Michaela Hinckley, Elena Bielesz, Caroline Krawel

Top Returners:

Caroline Krawel (Breast/IM/Back, All-SCC in 2019 and Class M All-State

Elise Richardson (Freestyle, All-SCC in 2019)

Alyssa Cervero (Diving, All-SCC in 2019)

2020 Season Outlook

“I am happy we are able to get the girls together.  I hope we can keep up the goof work and keep everyone healthy.  I would like to see every girl accomplish their personal goals for the season.”

 

MERCY Tigers

Head Coach: Leandra Manos

2019 Recap: Finished 7th at SCC championships; finshed 4th in Class M

2020 Captains: Elisia Pagliuca (Sr) and Meaghan Bertolami (Jr)

Top Returners: 

Elisia Pagliuca (Sr)– 100 Fly, 200 IM, 500 Fr

Molly Whitaker (So)– 100 Br, 200 IM, all Freestyle events

Jane Sesta (So), 100 Br, 100 Fly, 100 Fr, 200 IM

Meg Bertolami (Jr) - 100 Bk

All qualified for SCC’s and States/State Finals where we placed 4th in Class M Champs last year.  Elisia was All State in the 500 Fr and made Opens. 

2020 Season Outlook

We have an energetic team with swimmers who are goal-driven and focused in practice. They are effervescent, fun-loving, hard workers and coachable athletes who are ready to have the best season they can have under these somewhat unusual circumstances. As a coach, practices are developed with each swimmer’s short term and middle range goals in mind.”

 

NORTH HAVEN Indians

Head Coach: Martha Phelan (13th year)

2019 Recap: Finished 3rd at the SCC Championships; captured the Class M state championship.

2020 Captains: Maddie Bergin, Riley Jooss, Alyssa Laborde

Top Returner:

Maddie Bergin, All-SCC/All-State/All-American in 50 freestyle; 2019 SCC Championship Meet Most Outstanding Performer

 2020 Outlook:

“The impact of Covid-19 on the sport of swimming and diving, North Haven has lost the opportunity to defend our state title.  Our team is grateful to be together training and competing virtually. Our goals are to match personal best performances.  We have adjusted well and keeping traditions of past years going if at all possible.”

 

SHEEHAN Lady Titans

Head Coach: Dan Wostbrock

2019 Recap: Finished 14th at the SCC championships

2020 Captain: Lila Pickering

Top Returners:

Lila Pickering, Amy Bui, Leila Sofiane

2020 Season Outlook:

“As a team, we are focused on developing and achieving personal technique and time-based goals this year.  We are very excited to have the opportunity to apply our training into a virtual competition season.  We are excited to celebrate the senior season for our six senior girls. Our team numbers have grown with key underclassmen additions, only a few seasons ago we had a team of 9 swimmers, now we are up to 24.”

 

SHELTON Gaelettes

Head Coach: Tom Jurzynski (7th season)

2020 Captains: Olivia D'Addio (backstroke, breaststroke), Ally Verdicchio (butterfly, freestyle)

Top Returners: 

Caidyn Collins (Sr) freestyle

Carlin Kestenbaum (Sr) freestyle

Kayla Bretan (Jr) sprints

Greta Parkes (Jr) Butterfly

Megan Bucherati (Jr) distance

Maranda Balcerzak (JR) breaststroke

Ella Cristiano (SO) butterfly

2020 Season Outlook:

“This group of girls works very hard and are a fun group to work with. We bring a lot of girls back, as add two freshman (Morgan Bucherati and Tara Mladsi) who have a lot of experience on the club swimming level. Last season was a rebuilding season for us, this year we look to take a big step forward to set us up for bigger years in the future.”

 

 

SACRED HEART ACADEMY Sharks

Head Coach: Michael O’Brien (4th year)

2019 Recap: Finished 16th at SCC championship

2020 Captains: Kate Convertito, Eva Cuevas, Charlotte McCarthy

Key Returners:

Captains Convertito (50/100 free state qualifier)

Eva Cuevas (All-SCC 100 breast, Class M All-State 500 Free, school record holder 100 breast)

Charlotte McCarthy (diving),

Sophomore state qualifier Kaia Michaud (50 free, 100 breast)

2020 Season Outlook:

“After graduating 7 seniors and losing two transfers, a small, determined Sacred Heart Academy looks  to compete in the SCC, with a strong positive outlook. Our team goals are well within reach as we work together, led by our 3 senior tri-captains,Kate, Eva and Charlotte. We are looking for as many personal best times as possible. Whether there is a post-season or not, the Sharks have State Trial time cuts in our sights to motivate them in these uncertain times.”

 

WEST HAVEN Blue Devils

Head Coach: Robin Viani (5th season)

2019 Recap:  Finished 17th at SCC championships

2020 Captains: - Madison Hobart & Alana Orecchio 

Top returners: 

Kaelyn Falanga - 200 Freestyle, 500 Freestyle, 100 Butterfly

Madison Hobart - 100 Backstroke

Molly Wilson - 100 Breaststroke

2020 Season outlook:

“This is obviously a strange season. Because we don’t have a regular schedule and we are not competing against all the teams we would normally, our season goals are going to be more individual, focusing on personal bests, breaking school records and having fun. The girls are just happy to be swimming.:)”

 

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