By Melanie Cane
The team is small this year with five returning players and four newcomers. Having graduated so many seniors and with a new head coach Jason Hix, this will be a rebuilding year. Newcomer freshman Eliza Mills will likely play number one.
New head coach Mike Clancy has been pleased with what he has seen from the team so far. “I have pushed these players hard and they have responded well. We have an appealing mix of veterans and new players. Everyone has been really upbeat and I am thrilled to have the addition Bianca Kowgios as an assistant.”
Clancy is looking forward to Kayla and Victoria Hanley having healthy seasons. Both are returning from ACL injuries. “It’s tough to think of a better one-two punch than the Hanley sisters.” Along with seniors Madi Warne and Carly Okon, junior Isabella Alaimo, and sophomore Emily Panarella, this team has an outstanding nucleus.”
The bench has a lot of depth. The five new players and those returning from a season off will make this team tough to beat.
Coach Art Tiedemann is “very excited to compete in a dual meet season, with a sense that we will be competitive with anyone we swim against.”
Team captains Alexandra DeStaebler, Lily Hurley, Tor Gaffney, and Maggie Scala head a roster of 24, which includes nine new members.
Coach Tiedemann’s goal this year is the Division III New England Championship. “We were second last year, ten points out of 1st place. Our team is solid from top to bottom, and all three eighth graders, Kate Hoesterey, Lizzy Ford, and Willa Sarcone, will make their presence felt immediately. Returning seniors DeStaebler, Hannah Cleary, Hurley, and Gaffney, as well as returning junior Scala, will be fun to watch.” Rounding out the team are freshmen Juliana Rivera, Olivia Gaffney and Alanna Kelly and sophomores Lizzy Scala and Charlotte Hurley.
He added, “This is a great group of young ladies who possess an exceptional amount of swimming talent.”