Jake Bowtell wins State Open Diving Championship
Jake Bowtell '14 won the State Open Diving Championship with a score of 491.10 at Middletown High School on Thursday, March 14th. He is the first Fairfield Prep diver to win a State Open Championship since Thomas Thomas '94 in 1994. Jake capped off a stellar season going undefeated in dual meets, winning the SCC Championship, taking 2nd at the LL Championships and then claiming the State Open title. He also broke the 6 and 11 dive Fairfield Prep team records. Prep divers Tanner Blank '14 and Robert McCrory '15 also qualified for the State Open finishing 14th and 16th respectively. It was the first time 3 Prep Divers qualified for the State Open in the same year.
The State Open concludes on Saturday, March 16th with the Swimming competition at Yale @ 2:30pm. Fairfield Prep Swimming & Diving heads into the State Open Championship coming off a SCC Championship and a strong Runner-Up finish at the LL Championships.
Read Darien Times article.
Swimming & Diving is Class LL Runner-Up
Prep's Bjorn Davis finishes in tie for state title
By Mike Pucci, March 13, 2013, Minuteman News
MIDDLETOWN — Fairfield Prep swimmer Bjorn Davis’ facial expression was one of joy and disbelief after touching the wall and looking up at the scoreboard following the 50-yard freestyle race. Davis, a junior from Shelton, finished first and set the Class LL record. So did Greenwich’s Edward Moss. Yes, a tie. It was one of the more memorable moments at a record-setting Class LL championship meet Tuesday at Wesleyan University.
Davis and Moss finished in 20.98 seconds, eclipsing the mark of 21.02 that Greenwich’s Dan Freddino set in 1994. The state record of 20.47 has been held by Wilton’s Jeffrey Sudbury since 2005. “I am pretty good friends with Ed,” Davis said, “so to be able to tie for first and get the state record with him is pretty unbelievable.”
Prep’s Bryce Keblish and Greenwich’s Kevin Parker tied for fourth in the event.
The victory, though, wasn’t even the highlight of Davis’ day. Davis swam the freestyle portion of the 200 medley relay in 19.93 seconds. Prep finished second in that event. Davis would later win the 100 freestyle and was a member of the 200 freestyle relay that placed second. “I think the relay might be more memorable than (the 50 freestyle) because I went (19 seconds) for the first time,” Davis said. “That was a great start to the day.”
Greenwich recaptured the team title after placing second behind Fairfield Prep, this year’s runner-up, last season. Staples was third and Amity was fourth on Tuesday.
“I was thrilled,” Fairfield Prep coach Rick Hutchinson said. “I thought we had a fantastic day.”
Fairfield Prep’s Nick Wargo stunned defending champion Thomas Dillinger of Greenwich in the 200 freestyle by four-tenths of a second. Wargo finished in 1:42.47. “I’m very excited,” Wargo said. “I came into the meet with high expectations. I knew some guys like Thomas Dillinger, and some of the other guys, were doing very well this season. I was kind of falling behind them a little bit, so I knew I had to step it up a little bit. I came back with the win, which was great. These kids that were next to me definitely pushed me throughout the season. It definitely was a shock, I wasn’t expecting it, but it was definitely a thrilling race.”
Wargo also placed third in the 100 freestyle. Keblish was second in the 100 butterfly, while Brandon Cole was third in the 100 freestyle and fourth in the 500 freestyle.
LL STATE DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
DIVING: The Prep Divers had a spectacular night at the LL Diving Championships on Monday, March 11 at Middletown High School. Jake Bowtell was runner -up with a score of 510.00, which re-set his own school record in the event. Tanner Blank (7th), Robert McCrory (8th), and DJ Rowley (13th) also placed. Bowtell, Blank and McCrory all qualified for the State Open; first time ever that 3 Prep divers have qualified for the State Open in the same year.
Fairfield Prep captured its 9th straight SCC Swimming & Diving Championship at Southern Connecticut State University
Prep used its depth across all events to secure the victory. A total of 30 swimmers and divers scored at the meet. The diving squad led off with six individual scorers. Jake Bowtell would win the event and also set set the 11 dive school record. Prep won all three relays on the night. Bjorn Davis (50 freestyle), Bryce Keblish (100 butterfly) and Ed Stolarski (100 backstroke) were all individual winners and made the All-SCC team. Other All-SCC members include: Jaker Hoin, Brandon Cole, Andres Ramos, Nick Wargo, Guido Balderrama and Jake Bowtell.
Fairfield Prep dominates SCC boys swimming championships
Bowtell '14 wins SCC Diving Championship - breaks 11 dive school record!
By Dan Dolph, February 28, 2013, CT Post
NEW HAVEN -- The Fairfield Prep boys swimming team led from wire-to-wire at the SCC title meet at Southern Connecticut University on Wednesday night to win the school's ninth straight title, a record streak for the SCC. The Jesuits used their depth to roll through the 11 events en route to accumulating 1,510.5 points. Second place Amity finished with 815.
"Starting off early with a big win really helps the team get going," Bjorn Davis said about the lead his team secured with a victory in the 200 yard medley relay (1:39.39). "When that happens, everyone is mentally ready to give it their all. And once the team gets going, there's not really anything that can stop it."
Jesuit swimmers placed first in six events and captured second in the meet's remaining five races. Sophomore Bryce Keblish and junior Bjorn Davis each finished with four medals -- three firsts and one second -- to lead the way for Fairfield Prep.
Both were both members of the team's winning 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays. Keblish also won the 100 butterfly (53.76) and placed second in the 200 yard IM, while Davis captured gold in the 50 yard freestyle (21.58) and placed second in the 100 freestyle. Ed Stolarski also turned in a solid performance for Prep, winning the 100 backstroke (55.71) and contributing to two relay golds. Brandon Cole finished with two first-place relay victories while adding a second in the 500 freestyle.
"We had a lot of freshmen and a lot of guys who aren't the top end," Keblish said. "But we need guys to get those fifths, sixths and seventh places, and they did that perfectly. We were pumped up coming into it and they delivered."
"We certainly have the advantage of numbers going," Prep coach Rick Hutchinson said. "We have a big team and that certainly helped us today -- that depth all the way down the line. Swim after swim after swim, we started accumulating those points and we came out on top. So we're very thrilled, it's an honor to win it."
Dylan Swanepoel and Alan Pite each won two events for Amity, Swanepoel taking the 200 freestyle (1:46.39) and 500 freestyle (4:49.76), and Pite the 200 IM (1:57.92) and the 100 breaststroke (1:01.06.
Bowtell '14 breaks 19 year school record and takes 1st in SCC Diving
On February 26 at the SCC Diving Championship, Jake Bowtell '14 won first place, and in the process set Fairfield Prep's 11 dive school record with a score of 493. It was a 19 year old record. Also see Darien Times, January 18, 2013
At Southern Connecticut
Team scores: 1. Fairfield Prep 1510.5, 2. Amity 815, 3. Xavier 602, 4. Branford 590, 5. Cheshire 536, 6. ND-West Haven 465, 7. Lyman Hall 457, 8. Sheehan 408, 9. Hand 400, 10. Shelton 312, 11. Hamden 278, 12. Foran 195, 13. North Haven/North Branford 243.5, 14. West Haven 195, 15. Guilford 93, 16. Law 82.
Head Coach: Rick Hutchinson
In 2012-2013, Rick Hutchinson became just the fourth Head Coach in team history and the first in the past 46 years following Bruce Jaffe's retirement season. For the previous eight seasons he was an Assistant with the team. He is a 1987 Fairfield Prep graduate and currently serves as a College Counselor at the school.
Hutchinson brings coaching experience from both the age group and collegiate level. He has been an assistant coach at Lehigh University (1991-1995), Middlebury College (1995-1997) and Fairfield University (2001-2002). He has also been the Head Coach of a USS age group team in Bethlehm, PA (1993-1994) and an Assistant Coach at the Burlington (VT) YMCA (1995-1997). For three summers (1992-1994) 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 (1986, 1987) 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 BA from Bucknell University and a Masters from Lehigh University.
Diving Coach: Jeanine Oburchay
In 2012-2013, Jeanine Oburchay enters her seventh 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)
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. Additionally, Oburchay coaches at Next Generation Diving, a USA Diving age group team. In 2006 and 2008 Oburchay was named the CIAC Girls High School Diving Coach of the Year.
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: Mark Sedlak
Mark Sedlak joins the staff this year as the new Assistant Swimming Coach. Mark currently serves as Head Age Group Coach for the Westport YMCA Water Rats. Mark has developed swimmers at all levels throughout his career. He was a standout competitive swimmer in Connecticut in the late 1980’s with the New Canaan YMCA. He attended High School at the Peddie School in New Jersey and went on to be a varsity swimmer at the University of North Carolina. Mark brings a wealth of enthusiasm and swimming knowledge to the Fairfield Prep Swimming & Diving program.