Windsor High girls’ swimming joins Class M
By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Thu., Sep. 29, 2011
Windsor High School girls’ swim coach Ericka Fangiullo and assistant coach Christopher Todd are looking forward to the team’s first year as Class M competitors. “This is a new division, as we have traditionally been in Class L,” Fangiullo said. “Our goal is to improve our stroke events, develop our novice swimmers and do well at the Class M meet. I would like everyone to make finals, develop strong work ethics, leadership skills, and help build a sense of community to represent Windsor High at the state level.”
Class M competition was strong for the Lady Warriors straight off the diving block. “Conard and Wethersfield [on Oct. 11] are definitely the most talented teams we face,” the coach said. “Most of our meets this year will be close. I anticipate great meets with both Bristol and East Hartford. Our team matches up with most schools we face, so it comes down to strategy in creating the line-up, and winning the events we need to.”
“Our captains have experience in being part of Windsor Swimming and Diving and all that it entails,” Fangiullo commented on the team leaders. “They are excellent representatives of the Windsor public schools and are helpful and encouraging; all the seniors have stepped up this year.” This year’s seniors are Chandlyr Jackson (C), Sonia Matias (C), Crystal Gilbert, Jelissa Harvey, Ericka Biagioni and Sarah Whalen.
Fangiullo places strong emphasis on academics. “These students can handle the workload, and the workouts. I am a firm believer that a student’s academic achievement can only be enhanced when students are physically active in a sport and are on a schedule. These girls surprise me every day in how much they can accomplish and how strong they can be.”
In 2010, Kalli Robelen, Melissa Orzechowski, Brianna Wilson, Miranda Marris and Kelsey Jepesn represented WHS at the All-Conference level. This season, Fangiullo is looking to Chandlyr Jackson and Zaria Walker for big contributions. “Chandlyr has been a big asset to the team thus far in sprinting and may be on the state team. Zaria is an up-and-coming sprinter, competing for a spot on the state team,” said Fangiullo.