Prep Swimming & Diving take 10th consecutive SCC Championship!
The Fairfield Prep Swimming & Diving team claimed its 10th consecutive SCC league championship on Wednesday, March 5, at Southern Connecticut State University. Led by a trio of double individual event winners and a sweep of the relay events, the Jesuits amassed 1,345 points to outpace second place Cheshire High School (850 points). While 11 Jesuits would be named to the All-SCC team, the Jesuits showed their team depth with 30 different swimmers and divers scoring.
Bjorn Davis ‘14 was named the SCC Championship Meet Outstanding Performer following his victories in the 50 freestyle (21.26) and the 100 Freestyle (47.12). Brandon Cole ’14 would claim SCC titles in the 200 IM (1:56.84) and the 500 Freestyle (4:46.24) while Bryce Keblish ’15 would win the 200 Freestyle (1:43.99) and the 100 Butterfly (51.41).
The 200 Medley Relay team of Matt Lee’14, Stuart Stritzel ’14, Jake Hoin ’14 and Andrew McPhee ’14 won with a time of 1:41. 65. Davis, Keblish, Cole and Nick Wargo ’14 would team up to win both the 200 Freestyle Relay (1:26.69) and the 400 Freestyle Relay (3:09.12). All 8 relay team members were named All-SCC as well as Robert McCrory ’15 (Diving), Guido Balderrama ’16 (100 Backstroke) and Jake Kealy ’17 (100 Backstroke).
Next up for Fairfield Prep is the LL State Championships with the Swimming trials on Saturday, March 15th at Hamden High School.
2013-2014 Jesuit Swimming & Diving Team
Head Coach: Rick Hutchinson
In 2013-2014, Rick Hutchinson begins his second year as Head Coach. Perviously he spent 8 years as Prep's Assistant Varisty Coach to legendary coach Bruce Jaffe. He is a 1987 Fairfield Prep graduate and currently serves as a College Counselor at the school. In his first season he led the team to it's 9th consecutive SCC league title and a Runner-up finish at the LL and State Open Championships.
Hutchinson brings coaching experience from both the age group and collegiate level. He has been an assistant coach at Lehigh University Middlebury College and Fairfield University . He has also been the Head Coach of a USA age group team in Bethlehm, PA and an Assistant Coach at the Burlington (VT) YMCA. For three summers he was Head Coach of Northwest Swim Club, a summer league team in Allentown, PA.
Hutchinson's competitive swimming career includes 10 years with the Wilton YMCA Wahoos. In high school swimming he was twice named All-State in the 500 freestyle. At Bucknell University he was elected Captain, set a team record in the 1,000 freestyle and earned all All-Patriot League honors.
Hutchinson earned a B.A. from Bucknell University in 1991 and a M.A. from Lehigh University in 1995.
Diving Coach: Jeanine Oburchay
In 2013-2014, Jeanine Oburchay enters her eighth season as coach of the Fairfield Prep divers. Oburchay has consistently turned out strong divers who place highly in league and state championships. Over the past five seasons Prep divers have placed in the top ten at the LL state championships and qualified for the State Open. Since taking over the reins of the diving program at Prep, she has coached 2 All-state and All-American Divers (Tyler Pramer '10, Jake Bowtell '14). Last season Jake Bowtell captured the SCC and State Open title and was voted CIAC diver of the year.
Oburchay has a wide range of coaching experience. In addition to her duties at Prep, she is also the coach of the Weston High School Girls Diving squad. In 2006 and 2008 Oburchay was named the CIAC Girls High School Diving Coach of the Year. Additionally, Oburchay coaches at Dive Haven, a USA Diving age group team.
A native of Yorktown Heights, New York, Oburchay dove competitively at Yorktown High School and then for four years at Fordham University where she graduated with a BS in Finance in 1987. She went on to earn an MA in Public Communications from Fordham in 1988 and an MBA from Pace University in 1994.
Assistant Swimming Coach: Jeremy Howard
Jeremy Howard enters his first season as Assistant Coach. He is a 1998 graduate of Pomperaug High School where he was an All-State breaststroker. He also competed for the University of Kansas. Over thepast 10 years he has coached swimming at the age group, high school and collegiate levels. Most recently he has been an Assistant at Fairfield University and the Darien YMCA. Jeremy is also an active professional triathlete, competing in Ironman and Ultra-Marathons.