BRISTOL - The local girls swimming teams come into the fall season with different expectations. Improving on last season is an emphasis for each. But for others, simply improving wouldn’t bring satisfaction, expectations are higher.
Bristol Eastern is a strong team that has good size and expects to be a strong contender this year. Bristol Central has six seniors so sending them off with a strong last season is something coach Adrienne Bentley hopes to see. For St. Paul, with an abundance of returning swimmers, the Falcons is hoping for a better season.
Here is a breakdown of the local swim teams and their expectations coming into the upcoming season:
Head Coach: Nick Daddabbo (3rd season)
Last Year: 10-7
Key Losses: Jaimie Mitchell, Georgia Ogonowski
Key Returnees: Hope Johnsky (Senior), Brianna Ogonowski (Junior), Chelsea Demarest (Sophomore), Zoe Dichello (Senior)
Season Outlook: The team grew a lot in terms of size. Because of its size compared to the other teams in the conference, Eastern expects to compete for a conference title. The out of conference schedule is a tough one, which should be beneficial for the Lancers down the stretch. One of the biggest in conference meets will be Middletown.
Head Coach: Adrienne Bentley
Last Year: 3-8
Key Losses: Hannah Marcil
Key Returnees: Alexa Bugryn (Senior), Meghan Curtis (Senior), Madison Cyr (Senior), Erin Petke (Junior), Mackenize Pina (Sophomore), Sydney Pina (Senior), Rachel Wolf (Junior)
Season Outlook: For Bristol Central, six seniors will enter their final high school season.
With the hard work and dedication shown throughout their swim careers, this season is being dedicated to them as Central hopes to have a good year in 2017.
Head Coach: Meegan Martin (16th season)
Last Year: 2-8
Key Losses: Morgan Middleton, Madison Shea
Key Returnees: Emily Haase (Junior) Molly MacAllister (Junior), Tori Bosio (Sophomore)
Season Outlook: While last season was a tough one that saw the team go 2-8, St. Paul returns all of their top swimmers from last season so it is hoping to improve on the two wins last year. The main goal for this year’s team is to continuing to learn how to compete at the high school level and be a more competitive group in this upcoming season.
Dan Orencole can be reached at 860-973-1811 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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