Pomperaug

Senior

The Panther captain set a new standard for swimmers in the state. The Princeton-bound senior set a new state record of 1:51.40 in the 200 IM en route to a first-place finish. The All-American won the 200 IM at the State Open, Class L meet and SWC meet. It was McNamara's second consecutive All-American selection and he also earned his second straight All-State, All-SWC and All-Area honor. But McNamara's skill wasn't limited to the 200 IM. He also won the 500 freestyle in the SWC, Class L and State Open. McNamara set the Class L record in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:29.74 at the class meet and was just .04 seconds shy of breaking the overall state record of 4:29.21 set by Greenwich's Andrew Trepp in 2005 at the State Open. McNamara, however, walked away with plenty of records, including school records in the 200 IM, 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke and the 100 butterfly. He also was on the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay squads that hold the Pomperaug records. More importantly McNamara was the catalyst to the Panthers' 2008 State Open championship and their back-to-back state and SWC championships in 2007 and 2008. McNamara swam the anchor leg on the 400 freestyle relay team that clinched this year's State Open title. �� All-American �� All-State �� All-SWC First Team

Ben Smith

Pomperaug

Senior

The senior captain swam in shadow of Travis McNamara, but he successfully left his own legacy at Pomperaug. Smith, who was an All-Area and All-State selection last year, set the school record in the 50 freestyle and won the 50 and 100 freestyle at the SWC meet and took first and second, respectively, in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle at the Class L meet. He also took seventh in the 100 freestyle in 48.44 at the State Open and was eighth in the 50 freestyle at 22.01. Smith also swam on the second place 200 freestyle relay team and on the 400 freestyle relay team, which clinched the State Open win for the Panthers in a school record time of 3:09.96. �� All-State �� All-SWC First Team.

Joseph Papiro

Pomperaug

Senior

A captain, Papiro was the epitome of a team player. He was a solid point-producer in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle and was a crucial cog in Pomperaug's dynamite relays. At the State Open, Papiro finished 17th in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:47.74 and he came in 19th in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:55.77. He was also on the 400 freestyle relay team that clinched the State Open crown for the Panthers. Papiro was a major point producer at the Class L meet, taking seventh in the 200 freestyle, seventh in the 500 freestyle and swam on the first-place 400 freestyle relay with Travis McNamara Connor Cackovic, and Kyle Layton. It is his second straight appearance on the All-Area, All-State and All-SWC First teams �� All-State��All-SWC First Team.

Connor McTaggart

Pomperaug

Sophomore

McTaggart is one of the Panthers' rising stars that made their State Open run possible. After a disappointing SWC meet, McTaggart, who is making his first All-Area team, exploded at the Class L and State Open meet. At the Class L meet, the sophomore touched out teammate Ben Smith for first place in the 100 freestyle in a time of 48.45. He also took fifth in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:47.96 and was on the first-place 200 freestyle relay team with Eric Douglas, Brendan Roche and Smith. And he improved his times at the State Open, taking sixth in the 100 freestyle with a time of 48.17 and 14th in the 200 freestyle in 1:46.82. He was also on the second-place 200 freestyle relay team that finished in 1:26.29. �� All-State �� All-SWC Honorable Mention.

Kyle Layton

Pomperaug

Senior

The final of four stellar Panther captains, Layton, who is making his first appearance on the All-Area team, provided plenty of points for Pomperaug's title runs and a wealth of leadership. Layton finished 13th in the 200 IM at the State Open in 2:01.72 and was eighth in the 100 backstroke with a time of 55.15. He was also stellar at the Class L meet, swimming on the first-place 400 freestyle relay team with Travis McNamara, Connor Cackovic and Joseph Papiro. He also took fourth in the 100 backstroke and was sixth in the 200 IM. �� All-State �� All-SWC First Team

Matt Sorena

Brookfield

Senior

Sorena is one of the last holdovers from the Bobcats five-time SWC championship squads and he showed why Brookfield enjoyed so much success in his early years. At both the SWC meet and the Class M meet Sorena took first in the 200 IM and 500 freestyle. He followed those performances with a fourth place finish in the 200 IM at the State Open and was eighth in the 500 freestyle. He actually posted his best times at the Class M meet, winning the 200 IM in 1:56.86 and the 500 freestyle in 4:47.27. Both times broke Sorena's own school record in the events as he earned his second consecutive All-State, All-Area and All-SWC honors. �� All-State �� All-SWC First Team.

Conor Dunn

Brookfield

Senior

Divers too often get overlooked and underappreciated, but Dunn made sure that didn't happen to him. The senior, who is making his first All-Area squad, shattered the school and SWC meet record en route to a first-place finish with 435.90 points. He broke the mark of 417.75 held by Brookfield's Adam Duffield, who had broken Conor's older brother Cullen's record. Dunn followed his showing at SWCs by taking fourth at Class M (399.70) and was ninth at the State Open (362.70). But Dunn's talents weren't limited to the board. He also took 22nd in the 100 butterfly at the State Open in 55.32 and was sixth in the 100 fly at the Class M meet with a time of 54.47. He was also on the fifth-place 200 medley relay team and the 200 freestyle relay team at the Class M meet. ... All-SWC First Team.

Thomas Brown

Ridgefield

Senior

Brown made the backstroke his race, sweeping the event at the FCIAC championship meet, the Class L state meet and the State Open. He posted his best time at the State Open, winning in 53.37. Brown would have likely won more titles if his second best event wouldn't have squared him up against Pomperaug's Travis McNamara. Brown took second in the 200 IM at both the FCIAC meet, the Class L meet and was fourth at the State Open in the event. His best time was 1:58.28 at the State Open. He also was a key cog on the Tigers' 200 medley team, which took second at the FCIAC meet, third at the Class L meet and was 10th at the State Open with a time of 1:40.98. Brown is making his second straight appearance on the All-FCIAC, All-State, and All-Area teams. All-State �� All-FCIAC

Conor Walsh

Ridgefield

Senior

Walsh garnered All-American honors last year and continued to add to a stellar career this season. Nevertheless, Walsh was a major contributor for the Tigers as they took third at the FCIAC meet, second at Class L and 11th at the State Open. Walsh finished in the top-five at the FCIAC meet, was fifth in Class L with 344.85 points and came in 17th at the State Open with 325.55 points.

Jack Driessen

Ridgefield

Senior

Without Driessen the Tigers would not have been battling for the top spot in the FCIAC or Class L this season. Driessen was a key contributor on Ridgefield's 200 medley relay team, which took second at the FCIAC meet, third at the Class L meet and 10th at the State Open in 1:40.98. Driessen showed his skill and versatility by taking 15th in both the 100 breaststroke (1:02.08) and 200 IM (2:01.78) at the State Open. He was third in the 200 IM at the Class L meet with a time of 2:00.61 and was fourth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:00.81. He took seventh in the 200 IM and was third in the 100 breaststroke at the FCIAC meet.

Stefan Toi

Newtown

Senior

Toi, who has made his second straight All-Area team, was the leader on a very deep and talented Newtown squad that took third at the SWC meet and fifth at the Class LL meet. Toi took third in the 200 IM at the Class LL meet with a time of 1:59.69 and was fourth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 53.94. He followed those performances with a 10th place showing in the 200 IM at the State Open and a 12th place showing in the 100 butterfly. Toi was also a key cog on the Nighthawks' 400 freestyle relay team, which took sixth at the State Open in 3:16.74. The squad of Wes Hood, Luke Fiore and Anthony Fiore also took third at Class LL and was second at the SWC meet, setting school records every time they hit the water. �� All-SWC Second Team.

Luke Fiore

Newtown

Sophomore

This year marked a breakout season for Fiore, who is making his first appearance on the All-Area team. The sophomore was 15th in the 100 freestyle (49.38) and 20th in the 200 freestyle (1:48.10) at the State Open and was on the sixth-place 400 freestyle relay team with Stefan Toi, Wes Hood and Luke's older brother Anthony Fiore __ an all-Area selection last year. The State Open marked the end of a great championship season for the younger Fiore. Luke took fifth in the 100 freestyle at Class LL and ninth in the 200 freestyle. He was also on the fifth place 200 freestyle relay team at Class LL and the third place 400 relay team. It was contributions for upstarts such as Luke that allowed Newtown to take third at the SWC meet, fifth at the Class LL meet and 14th at the State Open. �� All-SWC Second Team.

Spencer Scarth

Barlow/Immaculate

Sophomore

Scarth's appearance on the All-Area team marks a triumph for his team as well as himself. The Barlow/Immaculate Co-op squad saw incredible success in just its second season, with three athletes (Bradley Harder, Robert Harder and Scarth) qualifying for the State Open meet. Scarth highlighted the team's run, taking 12th in the 100 backstroke at the State Open in 56,02. He also was eighth in the 500 freestyle at the Class L meet and was 10th in the 100 backstroke. Scarth was also on the 200 medley relay squad with Bradley Harder, Taylor Marie Byerly and Tyler Ray that took seventh at the Class L meet. Scarth also took first in a dead heat with Brookfield's Matt Sorena in the 500 freestyle at the SWC meet, finishing in 4:49.31. �� All-SWC First Team

Fran Pentino

Pomperaug

Coach of the year

There is certainly no doubt Pentino, who just finished his 15th season at Pomperaug, had the most talented and deepest team in the area, but he also deserves plenty of credit for maximizing it. Pentino masterfully rotated his swimmers into positions and events where they could succeed and he used his biggest weapon, Travis McNamara, to perfection. He also is a terrific motivator and did a fabulous job of keeping his team hungry. The result was back-to-back SWC and state championships and the Panthers' first State Open title. And if Pomperaug can win another conference or state crown next year, Pentino will again be worthy of this award as he will have to replace McNamara along with the rest Pomperaug's immensely talented senior class.