Trojans set their sights on capturing the Class S title
After finishing in second place to Sacred Heart of Waterbury at the Class S championships last year, the Weston boys swimming team has high hopes for this season. This year, Weston hopes to improve upon its second place finish at Class S and its dual meet record.
"We can easily accomplish our goal of a state title by working hard and working smart. We put our goal on the state title this year, and are hoping to have our best swims there," said Trojans Coach Tom Grace.
Seniors Billy Phillips, Michael McDonald and Zane Randell are the captains. "I believe that we had a very strong showing at last year's Class S championship. Our performance was just as good, if not better then the year before when we won states. We are going to come back even stronger this year and are prepared to work even harder for victory," said McDonald.
McDonald plays an important role on the team as a captain and in swimming the distance freestyle and freestyle relay events. Weston will rely on Randell in freestyle sprints and Phillips in the backstroke and butterfly.
Although the Trojans will definitely miss Tyler Loechner, last year's senior captain and ace, this year's freshman should be able to make up for that. Freshman Jordan Berger is one of the more versatile swimmers on the team, swimming the fly, along with fellow freshman twin brothers Marty and Gabe Imber, who will swim freestyle.
These freshmen could be the one ingredient that puts Weston over the top.
"Getting more people to qualify for and place at our state meet is our goal this year. We were greatly out numbered last year by the winning team, so the more kids we get swimming the more points we have," said Randell.
Current sophomores Sam Miller and Gabe Rosen each look to make more of an impact this year with a year of experience under their belt. "One of the team's keys to success last year was definitely the team bonding. You don't usually see a team as close as we were. It really encouraged us to swim harder and get better," said Miller.
"I'm really excited that our season is starting and can't wait to get back in the pool with my teammates, and have another great year," said Rosen.
Weston opens the season today at home against Brookfield at 4 p.m.
"They've been working hard in the pool and we're hoping it will pay off at their first meet," said Grace.
The Trojans host vaunted Pomperaug next Tuesday and rival Joel Barlow on Dec. 29. "It should be an awesome meet and hopefully we will be motivated to swim well against our rivals Barlow. A win against Barlow would be a great way to get off to the start we're looking for," said Randell
But even before the season starts, Weston has its eyes on the prize. "Our single goal is winning Class S. We won in 2008 and have been runners up in2007 and 2009 so if we keep on working it is completely do-able," said McDonald.