Boys swimming preview: Weston’s experience will make it competitive

Seniors Dean Rapp, left, Gabe Imber and Marty Imber are captains of the 2012-13 Weston High boys swim team. If the Trojans swim to the competitive level they want, victories will follow.—Rocco Paul Valluzzo photo

If the Weston High boys swim team can accomplish one thing first, another will inevitably follow during the 2012-13 season.

As usual, the Trojans hope to challenge each opponent they face. Victory should then be within reach.

“My goal is to be the most competitive team on the deck,” said head coach Tom Grace, now in his sixth season with the team. “If we’re competitive good things are going to happen.”

The Trojans have devoted much time to becoming competitive since practice officially started last week. Once they reach that desired level they plan to hold it until the very end of the season.

With 20 swimmers and six divers on the team Weston once again has decent numbers this season. Matching the right swimmers with the right event could be an ongoing process.

Weston does have quite a number of swimmers back from last year’s team which finished with a 7-3 South-West Conference record and 7-4 overall. The Trojans went on to finish third at the SWC finals and were runners-up at the state Class S meet for the second year in a row.

It did graduate a few swimmers since then, including former captain Gabe Rosen, who swam the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley. Jamie. Austin, who swam the backstroke, is also gone. Other graduates include Jacob Greisman, who swam the 50 free, and divers Connor Fradet and Jordan Siff.

Among those coming back to the team are senior captains Dean Rapp, Marty Imber and Gabe Imber. Rapp is an experienced diver and the Imbers can swim a number of events. Marty will compete in the butterfly and freestyle events as well as the backstroke. Gabe can swim the 200 to 500 free. Both were named to the All-SWC third team last year.

They will be part of a large senior class that also includes Jordan Berger. An All-SWC selection last season, he was league champ in the 100 breaststroke. He was also Class S champ in this event as well as the 200 IM and was named to the All-State team.

Classmate David Fleming is experienced in the 500 free, the 200 IM and the butterfly. Ian McLoughlin will swim the sprint freestyle events, as will Adam Winikoff, an All-SWC third team selection last season.

Another freestyle swimmer is Elliot English. Brett Gurman will compete in diving.

Weston has one female swimmer on the team. Lydia Sykes will compete in the 100 backstroke.

The Trojans have a small junior class. Asher Greenberg will swim freestyle and the 100 backstroke. Eli Carter has experience in the 100 freestyle and breaststroke.

Divers include Toby Gerroll, Misha Moffly and Eli Chodoch.

From the sophomore class is Garrick Tsui, who swam mostly the 200 IM and breaststroke last year. Jackson Marvin is a freestyle swimmer.

New to the team is Vincent Walters, who has a good butterfly stroke, according to Grace.

Several freshmen who came up through Weston Swimming’s youth program could also contribute. Hugo Sykes is a sprinter and Dan Solinksy will swim the butterfly.

Clayton Morikawa is a candidate for the breaststroke and Lucas Billig is a diver.

“We have some variety,” said Grace. “We have a well-rounded team.”

Weston opens the season on Wednesday at Pomperaug.

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