NAUGATUCK VALLEY LEAGUE
Coach: Andrew Marchand
Last Year: 7-4-1, NVL 3rd, Class M 4th
Key Losses: Jack Wassik, 200 free NVL 3rd, 500 free NVL champion, Class M 2nd; Matt Traub, 100 butterfly NVL 2nd, 100 backstroke NVL champion (meet record), Class M champion, 200 IM Class M champion; Josh Coscia, 50 free NVL 4th; Nick Canino, 200 medley relay, 400 free relay NVL 2nd and 3rd; Alex Church, diving NVL 5th.
Key Returners: Glenn Kittle, Sr., 200 free relay NVL 2nd; Michael Hodge, 400 free relay NVL 3rd.
Outlook: Marchand, now a coaching veteran, has his work cut out for him with the graduation of team stars Wassik and Traub, along with a substantial part of the team’s quality depth. Team numbers are good – 33 athletes – but almost half are freshmen and sophomores. The Raiders will lean on 18 seniors and juniors while building for the future. Defending champion Holy Cross, Sacred Heart, Watertown and Naugatuck are the teams likely to stand in the way.
Coach: Bill Hatfield, 3rd year
Last year: 5-11, 5th in the Berkshire League
Key losses: Five seniors
Key returners: Eight seniors, including seven four-year swimmers. Austin Stoeke, Sr. diving; Jacob Tran, Jr. diving.
Newcomers: Five athletes new to competitive swimming.
Outlook: Competitive with smaller teams. Northwestern and Shepaug the favorites in Berkshire League.
Coach: Jacquie Rice
Last Year: 7th in the Berkshire League Meet
Key Losses: Lydia Macdavid; Elizabeth Riccardelli; Hannah Schewtschenko.
Outlook: The Mountaineers have a big team (33 swimmers), but just five of them are boys. That’s a competitive disadvantage in a co-ed league in which boys dominate the scoring.
Coach: Reid Matusek
Last Year: 6th in the Berkshire League Meet
Key Loss: Nicole Gardiner
Key Returner: Shawn Magill, Jr., diving, BL 3rd
Outlook: Spartan numbers have swelled from 13 last year to 21 this year, but last year’s young team is still young, with the addition of nine freshmen.
Coach: Travis Morse, 1st year
Last Year: 3rd in the Berkshire League Meet
Key Losses: Joe D’Andrea, BL 200 IM champion, 100 breaststroke 2nd,Class S All-State; Meghan Sandrib.
Key Returner: Tiffany D’Andrea, Sr., BL 100 backstroke 3rd .
Outlook: The Cowboys were the last team to win the BL crown before Northwestern began its three-year reign. Six seniors and a new coach on this year’s team could help them give top guns Northwestern and Shepaug a challenge.
Coach: Mary DiMauro, 7th year (10 with the team)
Last Year: 14-1, Berkshire League Champions, Class S 3rd
Key Losses: Mady Malczynski; Braden Frey, Class S All-State, 200 free relay; Ricky Traub, medley relay, 200 free relay, Class S All-State; Peter Kaminowski, 200 free, 500 free, 100 fly, Class S All-State; Christian Royer, Class S 50 free champion, Class S All-State.
Key Returners: Kiley Stotler; Rachael Pulica; Katie Morton; Leah Vancour; Connor Campbell; John King; Austin Royer; Mitch Gryniuk; Tony Pucino, Class S All-State, 200 free relay; Bobby Persechino; Lauren Parente, diver; Dan Winkler, diver.
Outlook: Very competitive again along with Shepaug, Litchfield and Wamogo.
Coach: Chris Papsin
Last Year: 2nd in the Berkshire League Meet
Key Losses: Daniel Ong, 200 free BL 2nd, 100 free BL 3rd; Sean Leveille, diving BL champion; Clayton Firmender, 100 butterfly BL champion
Key Returners: Ed Wolfe, Sr., 200 IM BL 3rd, 500 free BL 2nd; Colin Decker, 50 free BL champion, 100 backstroke BL champion, Class S 3rd, 100 free Class S 2nd (school record), Class S All-State.
Outlook: The Spartans produce some of the fastest swimmers in the league. They just don’t seem to produce as many of them as they did when they were the seemingly-invincible league champions. Now Northwestern has speed and numbers again.
Coach: Bill Houle, 14th year
Last Year: 11-5
Key Losses: Riley Loomis, multiple events; Bethany Edwards, multiple events; Sean Scanlon, multiple events; Matt Sniffin, sprints.
Key Returners: Emma Bixler, all strokes; Jackie Boufard, all strokes; Matt Brady, all strokes; Jake Rosko, all strokes; Charlotte Miller, all strokes; Brian Mansaku, all strokes; Aziza Radwan, all strokes; Helen Lucas, backstroke, freestyle; Adrinna Corona, sprints; Faith Greene, breaststroke, butterfly; Jason Marika, breaststroke, butterfly; Paul Marceski, all strokes; Mark Sniffin, all strokes; Krystain Wnorwski, middle distance; Nathan Milnick, backstroke; Riley Brady, sprints.
Newcomers: Brendan Smith, breaststroke; Brendan Mansaku, all strokes; Teriah Ballaguer, sprints; Amy Couture, sprints.
Outlook: Numbers have grown impressively under Houle. The Warriors should be competitive with most teams in the league. Houle and most others see Northwestern and Shepaug as the league favorites.
— Peter Wallace