Prep is 2013-2014 State Swimming & Diving Open Runner-Up
Pictured from left: Rick Hutchinson, Head Varsity Coach & Guidance Counselor; Connor Davis '14, Nick Wargo '14; Brandon Cole '14; Bryce Keblish '15; and Jeremy howard, Assistant Coach. The team won the 200 freestyle relay, and 2nd in the 400 freestyle relay, setting records and earning All-American times.
The Fairfield Prep Swimming & Diving team completed their outstanding season with a Runner-up finish at the State Open on Saturday, March 22, at Yale University. Ten Prep Swimmers competed at the State Open: Jake Hoin ’14, Nick Wargo ’14, Connor Davis ’14, Brandon Cole ‘14, Stuart Stritzel ’14, Andrew McPhee ’14, Bryce Keblish ’15, Alejandro Ramos ’15, Guido Balderrama ’16 and Jake Kealy ’17. The 455.5 points scored are the most ever by a Fairfield Prep team at the State Open.
In an extraordinarily fast meet, Prep would win three events. Nick Wargo claimed the 200 freestyle (1:41.27) and Bryce Keblish won the 100 butterfly (49.59, school record). Wargo and Keblish would team up with Connor Davis and Brandon Cole to post school records and automatic All-American times in the 200 freestyle Relay (1:23.18) and the 400 freestyle Relay (3:01.08). The 200 Freestyle Relay placed first and set a State Open and CIAC record. Both relays surpassed the previous State Open and CIAC records by wide margins.
In addition to the performances at the State Open there were other record breaking performances on the season. Connor Davis broke a 15 year old school record in the 50 freestyle (20.96) and at the LL Championships Brandon Cole set the school record in the 500 freestyle (4:38.08). On the season Fairfield Prep Swimmers and Divers broke 5 school records, and set four SCC League Records (100 Fly, 500 Free, 200 & 400 Freestyle Relays), one LL Divisional record (Keblish 200 IM, 1:49.46) and one State Open and CIAC Record (200 Freestyle Relay).
During the season, Fairfield Prep Swimmers and Divers added 19 times to the team’s all-time top ten list. Including Jake Hoin (100 Butterfly 3rd - 51.71, 100 Breaststroke 2nd - 59.04), Stuart Stritzel (100 Breaststroke 3rd - 59.94), Guido Balderrama (100 butterfly 8th - 53.10), Jake Kealy (100 Backstroke 10th - 54.89) and Robert McCrory ‘15 (Diving 10th - 11 Dive Meet, 355.25).
Overall Fairfield Prep had one of the best Swimming & Diving seasons in school history. The team compiled a 12-1 dual meet record, won the SCC title for the 10th straight season and had Runner-up finishes at the LL and State Open Championships.
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.