Senior Warriors look to end season with a bang
By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Thu., Nov. 1, 2012
The Windsor High School girls' swim team has not let hurricane Sandy stop them from preparing for their most important meets of the season: the upcoming Central Connecticut Conference East division meet and the Class M championships. The senior-laden Warriors are 10-3 on the season and are one of the favorites to win the conference meet, while contending for a top 10 finish in the Class M championships. Strong performances and fast times for the team will be the icing on the cake for head coach Ericka Fangiullo, who earned her 100th victory with an Oct. 9 dual meet win over Rocky Hill.
“She is the best coach anyone could ever ask for; we absolutely adore her,” said senior captain Melissa Orczechowski. “She gets close to us and has fun with us, but is still really serious about everything. She knows how to push us and knows our strengths and weaknesses; it’s like she knows everything.”
“She’s bold,” senior co-captain Kalli Roebelen added. “She is brutally honest, but that is only to help us, and that’s what she’s been doing. We're all better because of her.”
Orczechowski, Roebelen and junior Kelsey Jepsen have already qualified for the automatic time to compete in the State Open Championships, and the Warriors expect a few more to qualify at the CCC meet. Fangiullo’s tenure as head coach can best be exemplified by the hard work of Roebelen, a diver who has not lost a dual meet in three years, compiling 37 victories, while placing second at last year’s Class M Championships, which she is favored to win this season. Fangiullo’s dedication to the sport has rubbed off on Orczechowski, who came back from double shoulder surgery as a freshman.
“It’s not me, it’s the kids,” Fangiullo said. “They are the ones dedicated and working hard. I’m just here to help them achieve their goals. We have a very large group of seniors - 14 - six of which are captains; it’s going to be bittersweet when they all graduate. They are a special group of kids and the program is going to miss them.”