Girls Swimming Preview: All three area teams look to rebound, build from 2018 season

Published on Wednesday, 4 September 2019 19:03


BRISTOL - All three area girls swimming teams will be looking to rebound from last season’s poor records. 

Bristol Central loses just a pair of key athletes from last year’s roster, as does Bristol Eastern. Both programs will be looking to continue to build in 2019, while St. Paul is led by a longtime head coach who will be looking to replace a strong senior class.

Here’s a closer look at each team.

Bristol Central 

Head coach: Adrienne Bentley (fourth season)

Last year: 1-11

Key losses: Erin Petke (diver, sprinter), Rachel Wolf (sprinter)

Key returnees: Mackenzie Pina, Camille Attle, Ana Ptak, Alayna Lawson, Amanda Shepard, Nyomi Cordero, Katelyn Holleran, Christina Tomcak, Emma Lewis, Amber Sollima, Caitlyn Pacitto, Nadine Masayda

Outlook: With a plethora of key returning swimmers and divers, including three-time team MVP Mackenzie Pina - who has qualified for state and won a CCC title in at least one event all three seasons - the Rams have a good outlook for the 2019 campaign. 

“I am super excited to get back in the water, and so are the girls,” Bentley said. “They saw the success of the boys’ co-op team and want to continue on in that path. … We are still in the building stages, but we are hopeful our seniors will have a positive year. We have several coming back after injury, but they appear to be strong and ready for their last season to be exciting and full of great memories.” 

Bentley says she is also excited about a talented freshman class that includes Nyomi Cordero, Katelyn Holleran, Gabriella Jimenez-Ramis and Hannah Krueger, in addition to sophomores Christina Tomcak, Emma Lewis, Haley Clinton, Yatzil Torres-Valentin and Katelyn Hammell. 

Bristol Eastern

Head coach: Alyson Phelan (second season)

Last year: 4-1-10

Key losses: Brianna Ogonowski, Julia Michaud

Key returnees: Chelsea DeMarest, Emily Mulcunry, Isabella Rubio, Taylor DeMarest

Outlook: Despite losing a pair of strong, versatile swimmers in Ogonowski and Michaud, the Lancers return a quartet of talented swimmers and divers who will help give the team some depth. 

“The girls are ready to improve their stroke technique and skills, and we expect to have a really strong team this year,” Phelan said. “Last year, we lost meets that had close finishes, and our goal is to exceed those times and continue to get personal-best times for each swimmer that will, in turn, assist our team in winning more meets. We’re looking forward to a great season.”

St. Paul

Head coach: Meegan Martin (18th season)

Last year: 4-10

Key losses: Molly MacAllister, Emily Haase, Julia Sosnowski, Gabby Kazawa, Julia Massicote

Key returnees: Mirana Grusta (captain), Lyndsay Stanwicks (captain), Amelia Badzioch, Abby MacAllister, Adriana Raymond, Mary Melvin, Amber Austin

Outlook: The Falcons are losing a strong senior class from the 2018 season, but they do return several key swimmers/divers to this year’s squad. 

“Our goal is to rebuild our team, get personal-best times, improve technique and team unity,” Martin said. “We have three new swimmers this year that will show promise. I will be looking forward to seeing their improvements throughout the season.”

Meets against Wilby, Torrington and Kennedy this season are the highlight matchups for St. Paul. 

“Our main focus meet as a team will be our NVL championships,” Martin said. “Our goal is to have major improvements and have more individual state qualifiers.”

Zack Carpenter can be reached at (860) 973-1811 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Central, Bristol Eastern, St. Paul on Wednesday, 4 September 2019 19:03. Updated: Wednesday, 4 September 2019 19:06.