H.S. swimming / 2012-13 previews

East Lyme High School's Adam Opsahl powers to the finish to win last season's 100-yard butterfly at the ECC championship in a meet record 53.13 seconds. Opsahl, a senior, is one of the league's top returning swimmers, already helping the Vikings to set a pool record in this week's season opener.


East Lyme

Coach: Jack Stabach (14th year)

Key returnees: Sr. Adam Opsahl, Sr. Sam Magna, Sr. Thomas Whittico, Sr. Andrew Rubino, Sr. A.J. Ferguson, Sr. Niko Mazzella, Jr. Clayton Otter, Jr. Austin Toback, Jr. Eric Stirtan, Jr. Zach Kosakowski, Jr. Antonio Smith, Sr. Dylan Luce.

Top newcomers: Sr. Billy Dumais, Sr. Brandon Biondi, Jr. Ben Biondi, So. Ryan Dumais, So. Kevin O'Sullivan, So. Mitchell Ryan.

Outlook: Stabach was already on the ladder Thursday morning, changing the school's record board to reflect the pool record set by the Vikings' Magna, Opsahl, Stirtan and Otter in the 200 free relay at Wednesday's season-opener. The four set the record in 1:32.79. Already. With those four All-Area picks returning from a year ago, plus the return of Billy Dumais, an all-star during the 2010-11 season, East Lyme expects to finish in the top three in the Class M state championship meet. The Vikings (14-2 overall, 11-1 in the ECC) were seventh in Class M last year after winning their fifth straight ECC championship.


Coach: Alan Opsahl (9th year)

Key returnees: Sr. Matt Peluso, Sr. Mike Hughes, Sr. Kyle Parry, Sr. Joe Walsh, Jr. Collin Esquirol, Jr. Cody Arsenault, Jr. Alex Orf.

Top newcomers: Fr. Austin Carter, Fr. Alex Green, Fr. John Moody.

Outlook: The co-op has had an influx of new swimmers with competitive experience. The Colonels plan on being competitive in the league.


Coach: Tom Theve (22nd year)

Key returnees: Sr. Preston Spicer, Sr. Dakota Wonnacott, Jr. Aidan Karam, Jr. Walker Cook, Jr. Tyler Keith, Jr. Jon Yuen, Jr. Colby Britt.

Top newcomers: Fr. Timothy Yuen.

Outlook: Karam finished second in the 200 freestyle and third in the 100 backstroke at last season's ECC meet. He also set a school-record in the 200 freestyle (1:51.74). "We have a good mix of returnees and newcomers and look to improve on last year's results and times," Theve said.


Coach: Brett Arnold (13th year)

Key returnees: Sr. Matt Alfultis, Sr. Jamison Fielder, Sr. Nik Lehet, Sr. Rodney Pinkham, Sr. Jonah Staller, Jr. Ryan Hessling, So. Dan Clark.

Top newcomers: Sr. Jacob Job, Jr. Anthony Martucci, So. Kyle Waters, So. George Frankewicz, Fr. Matt Patton.

Outlook: Arnold termed this season's Lancer team "unique" because of the addition of new swimmers who just happen to also be upperclassmen. "These new members bring a lot to the table in their respective athletic ability," Arnold said. "Our numbers are both good in the pool and on the diving board." He expects diving to be one of the team's strongest events, and that they have the potential to be competitive within the league.


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