Preview capsules for area boys swimming teams which responded to The Courant's request for information:
Last year: 6-4-1
Coach: Andrew Tyler
Top Players: Tim Dion, Sr., freestyle; Dylan Demers, Sr., freestyle, 100 breaststroke; Dakin Neff, So., 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke; Johnny Bollash, So., freestyle, backstroke.
Note: finished eighth in the Class S championship in 2010 (298.5 points).
Last year: 4-11
Coach: Jill Piedescalzo
Top Swimmers: Sheldon Walters, jr., Diving; Ian Pettigrew, jr., 50 Freestyle; 100 Butterfly; Nolan Callahan, sr., IM.
Note: Walters placed 15th for Diving in class LL as a sophomore.
Last year: 12-1
Coach: Suzie Hoyt
Top Swimmers: Steven Geier, Sr., freestyle, IM, backstroke, butterfly; Joey Ahlberg, So., all-around; Christo Bariss, Jr., freestyle, butterfly, backstroke; Alex DiSanto, Sr., diving.
Note: Graduated nine state qualifiers in 2010.
Last year: 6-5
Coach: Mel Ciebold
Top players: Andres Aloma, Sr., butterfly, freestyle; Patrick Gallagher, Jr., backstroke, freestyle; Zach Sequeira, Jr., backstroke, freestyle; Jose Diaz, Sr., diving; Turner Meek, Sr., 200/500 freestyle.
Note: This year's 44 swimmers is the most ever for Manchester.
Last year: 7-1
Coach: Heather Lodge
Top Swimmers: Pat Savidge, So., 200 IM, 500 freestyle; Tim Savidge, Jr., 100 backstroke, 500 freestyle; Derek McLean, Jr., 50/100 freestyle, butterfly; Connor Riley, Sr., 100 butterfly.
Note: Graduated just three from 2010, but still only have 21 total swimmers (one from Rockville).
Last year: 4-9
Coach: Christopher Todd
Top Players: Liam O'Donnell, Jr., 200 MR; Joseph Bratter, Sr., freestyle.
Last year: 10-6
Coach: Dan Thurston
Top players: Dan Klotz, Jr., 50/100 freestyle; Jakub Cwieka, Sr., diving; Nathan Giaccone, Jr., diving, 100 backstroke; Ryan Marquis, Jr., 500 freestyle, backstroke.
Note: Graduated 17 lettermen from last season; three of four captains are juniors.
Bristol Central/Eastern/St. Paul
Last year: 0-11
Coach: Gary Harrigan
Top players: Bryant Burney, So., 50 freestyle; Tim Jalbert, Sr., 100 butterfly/vackstroke; Mike Petit, Sr., 100 butterfly; Nicholas Planchno, Jr., 50 freestyle.
Note: The Bristol co-op finished 2010 winless, but scored 85 points to finish 15th of 20 at the highly-competitive Class LL meet.
Last year: 3-12
Coach: Juan Dominguez
Top players: Steve Moran, Sr., diving; Chris Gurierrez, So., butterfly.
Note: Very young—nine of 22 swimmers are freshmen.
Last year: 3-10
Coach: Eric Lopez
Top players: Tyler Prescott, So., 200 IM, 500 freestyle; Ian Miller, Jr., diving.
Note: Four out five of Platt's Class LL meet qualifiers are returning this season.
Last year: 11-5
Coach: Trevor Charles
Top players: Ethan Cooke, Sr., 100 butterfly, 50 freestyle; Michael Ciebelski, So., 200/500 freestyle; Andrew Gilliland, 200/500 freestyle; Simon Arias, Sr., 100 butterfly
Last year: 11-1
Coach: Lee Schwartzman
Top players: Billy Choi, Sr., backstroke, butterfly, IM; Pat Orkins, Jr., distance freestyle; Peter Fulton, Jr., butterfly, backstroke; Chris Curtin, Jr., IM, butterfly, breaststroke.
Note: Returning five state finalists from 2010, only one of whom is a senior, the other four are juniors.
Last year: 3-3
Coach: Tyler Bradshaw
Top players: Darrin Melendy, Sr., 200 IM, 100 backstroke; Martin Porebski, Jr, 50 freestyle; Colton Bridge, Sr., diving; Todd Lambert, Jr., 100 breaststroke.
Note: returning three of the four members of the 200 Medley Relay team that finished eighth at the Class L championships in 2010.
Last year: 1-8
Top players: Domingo Galarza, Jr., 100 butterfly; Xavier Delgado, Sr., 200 MR; Anthony Arroyo, Jr., MR.
Note: Returning three of the four Class L Championship qualifiers from 2010.
Last year: 4-7
Coach: Lisa Cooney
Top players: Tim Naclerio, Jr., 200 IM; Blaine Gagnon, Sr., 100 butterfly; Daniel Markiewicz, Jr., 100 breastsroke; Skyler Dean-Lee, Sr., 100 backstroke.
Note: Returning seven of their eighth qualifiers from the Class S championship in 2010.
Last year: 13-0
Coach: John Schiametti
Top swimmers: Greg Youngstrom, Sr., 50/100 freestyle; Ty Seymour, Jr., butterfly, IM; Chris Warren, Jr., backstroke, freestyle; Will Thomas, Sr., IM, butterfly.
Last year: 9-2
Coach: Scott Ferrigno
Top players: Caitlin Reeves, Sr., diving; Kyle Mathieus, Sr., freestyle; Damian Parzych, Jr., 200/500 freestyle; Dan Watterson, Jr., butterfly, IM.
Note: out of 38 players, just seven are seniors and two are freshman—three of four team captains are juniors.
Last year: 9-5
Coach: John McClure
Top players: Jacob DiBella, Jr., 200/500 freestyle, 200 IM; Brendan McClure, So., 100/200 freestyle, 200 IM; Ethan Swain, So., 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke; Ethan Freund, So., 50/100 freestyle, 100 backstroke.
Note: DiBella is a transfer from Xavier and will likely break Hall's 500 freestyle record.
Last year: 4-5
Coach: Spencer Hartmann
Top Players: Sam Hug, Sr., freestyle; Thomas Vignati, Jr., 200 freestyle; Gracie Kunkel, Jr., 200 freestyle; Ian McCarthy, Jr., 50 freestyle.
Note: Returning four State Open qualifiers from 2010.
Coach: Denise Raymond
Last year: 2-11
Top Players: Meredith Miller, Sr., diving; Douglas Nicholson, Jr., 100 breaststroke.
Note: must recover from the graduation of Christian Gronbeck, Class L champion in 200 and 500 meter Freestyle.
Last year: 7-6-1
Coach: Evan Tuttle
Top players: Mike Smigelski, Sr., 50/100 freestyle; Jesse Cooney, Sr., 100 backstroke, 200 IM; Valdislav Kivelyik, Jr., 100 butterfly; Bryan Adie, Jr., 100 Breaststroke.
Note: Smigelski holds the Southington school record for 50 and 100-yard freestyle.
Last year: 9-5
Coach: Ross Hanson
Top players: RJ Moore, Sr., butterfly, IM; Zach O'Bynachow, Jr., 50/100 freestyle; Neal Tyson, Jr., freestyle; Tristan Stritzel, Fr., 500 freestyle; Stuart Stritzel, So., freestyle; Garret Mazziotti, Fr., butterfly, freestyle
Note: Graduated 17 seniors in 2010.
Coach: Rich Gadori
Last year: 4-8
Top swimmers: John Budlong Sr., 50/100 freestyle; Connor Boman, Sr., all-around; Hunter Boman, So., 500 freestyle; Jamie Moffa, Jr., backstroke.
Note: This year's team has 36 athletes—previous high was 18.
Last year: 1-13
Coach: Jaymeson Horanzy
Top players: Greg Cristina, Sr., 100 backstroke/freestyle; Marc Murphy, Sr., diving, 100 breaststroke; Kyle Eheander, Jr., 200/500 freestyle.
Note: Of 12 swimmers, seven are seniors.
Last Year: 4-10
Coach: Greg Sykes
Top players: Elliott Mitchell, Sr., backstroke; Zachary Hannon, Jr., all-around; Zachary Fox, Sr., diving; Alex Spicer, Sr., diving.
Note: Fox finished 10th at the Class LL championship in diving.
Last year: 1-8
Coach: Brian Gallagher
Top swimmers: Alejandro Martinez, Sr., 50 freestyle, butterfly; Caleb Connor, Sr., diving.
Note: First year as an all-boys team.
Last year: 7-6
Coach: Fran Connolly
Top swimmers: Brendan Smalec, Sr., distance freestyle; Ray Chen, Sr., backstroke; Patrick Morley, So., IM, breaststroke; Justin Go, Sr., freestyle, butterfly.
Note: Smalec, Chen and Morley are all State Open qualifiers.
Last year: 8-4
Coach: Leandra Manos
Top swimmers: Stephen Russo, Sr., all-around; Mike Pimer, Fr., all-around; Nick Kinsmen, Sr. breaststroke; Matt Lyons, Jr., Breaststroke.
Note: Out of 25 athletes, 12 are seniors.
Last year: 8-6
Coach: Kristen Ingvertsen
Top swimmers: Lena Gunzl, Sr., freestyle; Hailey Martel, Sr., butterfly, breaststroke; Landon Butler, Sr., backstroke; Brent Satherlie, Sr., butterfly, IM.
Note: team has just 24 athletes.