9:23 AM EST, December 10, 2012
Preview caspules for area high school boys swim teams that responded to The Courant's request for information. [Compiled by Matt McDonough]
Last year: 11-1
Coach: Lee Schwartzman
Top players: Pat Orkins, sr., distance; Peter Fulton, sr., fly and back; Matt Gerarde, sr., free; Chris Piccione, soph.; IM.
A note: Although there are only two returning divers on the roster, Wethersfield, who has won three straight division titles, will look to build on its third place finish at last year's Class M final.
Last year: 10-1
Coach: John Smachetti
Top players: Chris Warren, sr., back; Ty Seymour, sr., fly; Colin Wilkinson, sr., diver; David Walsh, jr., back.
A note: Conard, who finished in fourth at the Class L championship, is aiming for its fourth straight CCC West title.
Last year: 10-1
Coach: Scott Ferrigno
Top players: Damian Parzych, sr., free; Dan Watterson, sr., IM and fly; Max Vitkin, jr., IM, fly and back; Kyle Koziol, sr., back.
A note: All four members of the 200 and 400 free relay teams that broke school records last season (Kevin Mathieu, Jonny Boains, Kyle Koziol and Parzych) are returning for Farmington, a sixth place finisher in the Class L championship.
Last year: 7-5
Coach: John McClure
Top players: Jacob DiBella, sr., IM, free and back; Ethan Swain, jr., fly, IM and breast; Brendan McClure, jr., free, fly and back; Charlie Blaschinski, jr., diver.
A note: DiBella, a co-captain who will swim at Rider next year, is an All-state talent in the 500 freestyle and the school record holder in the event as well as the 200 IM.
Last year: 14-10-1
Coach: Evan Tuttle
Top players: Vlad Kiveliyk, sr., fly; Bryan Adie, sr., IM; Matt Duszak, soph., breast; Mckenzie Pelletier, soph., diver.
A note: Although Southington lost just three seniors, all three swam in the state open including 2012 50 yard freestyle State Open champion Mike Smigelski, who is now swimming at Georgetown.
Last year: 1-7
Coach: Andrew Tyler
Top players: Johnny Bollash, jr., back and free; Michael Toce, sr., diving; Jonathan Ockert, jr., free and back; Connor Lee, soph., IM and breast.
A note: Toce, a co-captain along with Bollash, is the team's only returning senior after five starters graduated at the end of last year.
Last year: 12-3
Coach: Trevor Charles
Top players: Matt Degenais, soph., IM, fly and breast; Michal Ciebielski, jr., free; Andrew Gilliland, jr., free; Jerrod Zimmer, sr., fly and free.
A note: Degenais (200 IM) and Ciebielski (200 free) are approaching school records.
Last year: 5-11
Coach: Chris Zagorski
Top players: Austin Cameron, sr., free; Nick Evangelista, sr., free and fly; Eddy Lee, sr., free and back; Wojtek Plachta, sr., free.
A note: Zagorski begins his first year as the head coach of Plainville, replacing Randy Doucette, who retired as coach of the Blue Devils after 36 years.
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