Windham/Coventry/RHAM swim team boasts large roster this year

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Region - posted Mon., Feb. 3, 2014
Swimmers Joey Catullo, Ryan Kirkpatrick and Greg Husta from the Windham/Coventry/RHAM swim/dive team. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Swimmers Joey Catullo, Ryan Kirkpatrick and Greg Husta from the Windham/Coventry/RHAM swim/dive team. Photos by Melanie Savage.

The top performers on this year's Windham/Coventry/RHAM swim team are numerous, according to head coach Gregory Sykes. Referring to swimmer Greg Husta, Sykes said, “He has been an outstanding swimmer for the past three years and will be defending his ECC 100-yard breaststroke title, which he has won the past two years.”

Joe Catullo, he said, “Has made great improvements over the past three years and has established a goal to break the school's 100-yard backstroke record.”

Ryan Kirkpatrick is coming off a knee injury from this year's football season. “He has been consistent in all events and made great improvements as the season has progressed,” said Sykes.

He said Jeremy Cruz and Cameron Ennis have been solid performers for diving and have also contributed on the swimming side of the program.

Last year's team finished 8-5, came in third in the ECC's regular season, second in the ECC championship, eighth in the Class LL finals, and 15th in the State Open.

Sykes said this year’s team is the largest team he has coached in five years. “We have 25 swimmers/divers,” he said. The team lost a few key swimmers to graduation, “but this year's newcomers have filled in the gaps,” said Sykes.

Sykes said that the team matches up very well against all of the teams in the ECC. “Our balance of front line and back-up performers gives us an opportunity to win each competition,” he said.

The team goals, which remain the same every year, according to Sykes, “are to make continual improvements on our times, qualify for state competition, and have student-athletes be academically successful in the classroom."

The seniors on this year’s Windham/Coventry/RHAM swim/dive team are: From Windham, Joe Catullo, Spencer Leger, Michael Mohammed, Matt Burdick, Jeremy Cruz and Steven Ortiz; from RHAM, Bailey D'Antonio, Zoe Mitchell, Greg Husta, John Linden and Tyler Neary. The assistant coaches are Michael Lessard and Sue Husta.


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