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