October 26, 2012

2012-13 Men's Swimming Season Preview

The Bears, who were 10-2 in dual meets and placed second for the fourth straight season at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships look to have another successful season once again.

Seniors Mike Piantedosi and Nick Poehler will captain the team. Piantedosi is a great leader both in and out of the pool for the Bears. He is a very good sprinter and breast stroker that should be able to score in multiple events this season.

Poehler, a former NEWMAC Rookie of the Year and NCAA qualifier, who spent last Fall on exchange at Air Force, has been a three-event conference finalist in the past.

Senior Kevin Smit, who owns the school record in the 200 IM (1:53.99) and came close in the 200 butterfly and 400 IM, is a three event finalist and multiple event national qualifier for the Bears.

Senior Tanner Armstrong is extremely versatile and three event finalist at the conference championship last season that round out the senior class.

The junior class, made up of five swimmers, is deep and very talented.

Alex Dona (middle distance), Barrett Johannsen (IM/Fly), Jacob Kramb (Back/Fly), Marc McAndrew (freestyle) and Marco Tinari, an NCAA qualifier in the 1,650 free, makeup the class which is a very good distance group.

The sophomore class is extremely gifted led by last season's NEWMAC Rookie of the Year Derrian Duryea. He placed third in the 200 breaststroke (2:09.28), fourth in the 100 breaststroke (58.66) and 12th in the 200 IM with a time of 1:57.12, the top freshman in all three events at the NEWMAC Championship last season. He was also part of the 200 medley relay team which earned All-conference honors with a second place finish setting a school-record with a time of 1:33.31.

Sophomore Christian Brindamour, a Connecticut State Open Champion in the 50 freestyle in high school, recorded the fastest freshman time in school-history in the 50 freestyle last season.

Tim Early, a finalist in the 200 butterfly and 400 IM at the conference championship last season and Ryan Buys, a Class S State Champion in the 100 butterfly in high school, are also top sophomores for Coast Guard.

Head coach John Westkott in his 14th season, adds the best diving recruit in ten years in Andrew Anderson as well as Ben Morseth, a versatile top level recruit this season.

Anderson comes from a high end diving background and maybe a potential NCAA qualifier. He has extensive USA diving experience with a full 3-meter diving list, and should make an impact at the conference level .

Morseth is a high end athlete who has been extremely successful with a modest swimming background. He has the ability to swim many different events and be very strong in any of those. His strengths are backstroke and IM and he should be a factor in the championship heats at the conference championship.

Freshman Tim Dion, a Class S Connecticut state champion in the 200 freestyle, will also make an immediate impact. He is a rapidly improving and can contribute by being fast and versatile and should be a conference level impactful athlete.

"We have a strong schedule as always and we have a great nucleus returning and if they continue to develop as they always have they team should be very strong at the NEWMAC Championships," said Westkott.



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