EHHS boys' varsity swim team ready for new season
By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., Dec. 2, 2011
With the East Hartford High School girls' varsity swim team making it to the state finals and ending their season 6-7-1, the East Hartford boys' varsity team is warming up and getting ready for their first meet of the year. Coach Jill Piedscalzo, who coaches both the boys’ and girls’ varsity swim teams, is expecting a good season.
“The girls ended with a best score for everyone,” said Piedscalzo, who is in her second season of coaching the team. The assistant coach is David Booth. Girls can participate on the boys’ varsity swim team in the winter if they play a fall sport and were therefore unable to swim during the first part of the year, and there are several girls on the team this year.
A large number of boys tried out for the varsity swim team this year. “We had 45 people come out, which is an excellent turnout for us,” Piedscalzo said. “We are willing to take anyone who is willing to work hard.”
Team members must learn basic moves such as flips and turns and have the ability to comfortably swim a lap in the pool. “From there, they can learn to compete,” the coach said.
Brian Futtner, Ankur Patel and Nolan Callahan are co-captains of the boys' varsity team this year.
“We have dedicated veterans and rookies who are good and are going to give us a lot of support,” Patel said of this year's team. The team captains attributed the high turnout for the team this year to their efforts to recruit new people to the team.
“A lot of us continued to swim during the off-season, which really kept us in shape,” said Callahan. “We started talking about the sport and getting people interested.”
“We put the word out to our friends – if you're not in a sport, come out and join the swim team,” Futtner said.