BRISTOL - Coming off of a losing record last season, the Bristol boys swim team will enter this year looking to improve.
With many of the swimmers from last season returning, bringing with them plenty of experience, along with the influx of new talent set to hit the pool, there is plenty of optimism as the season approaches.
Below is a closer look at the Bristol boys swim team:
Head Coach: Nick Daddabbo (3rd season)
Last Year: 4-8
Key Losses: Cameron Reed, Lex Legace
Key Returnees: Keagan Mullan (captain), Mike Kaminski (captain), Ben Stafford, Michael Bond, Jack Alling, Lewis Sinche.
Newcomers to Watch: Colton Litwinczyk, Sebby Rutkowski, Gabe Bartolome, Marissa Stone
Outlook: While there are plenty of experienced swimmers for Bristol this season, there are also a number inexperienced ones as well. Still, the talent and potential of the swimmers on the team’s roster has the coaching staff excited.
“The coaching staff is really optimistic about this season,” Bristol head coach Nick Daddabbo said. “Losing only a few athletes after last season and only having three seniors on our roster this season means we are still a young team. With mostly underclassmen, this season presents a young team with some growing pains expected.”
Daddabbo mentioned three specific swimmers that the team is expecting production out of.
“Marissa Stone will be competing this boys season as a diver,” Daddabbo said. “She has shown that she can pick up dives quickly and understands feedback given to her. Sebby [Rutkowski] also has shown great strides as a first-year diver along with returning diver Brian Collins.”
Bristol also expects to improve in a certain area in the pool.
“Our relays this season will definitely be much quicker with the increase in speed that comes with our freshman class as well as the strides that have been made by our returning athletes,” Daddabbo said.
And the head coach believes this year’s group could be a special one.
“This team is one of the most hard working that have coached in my coaching career, both women’s or men’s season,” Daddabbo said. “They are really picking up what we are giving them and applying it to their stokes.”
Meets with Berlin, Newington and Farmington are expected to be some of the better competition on the schedule. But overall, it should be an interesting season to keep an eye on for Bristol.