Weekly Feature



2018-01-11 / Sports

Boys swim team remains undefeated

by TAYLOR NIGRELLI
Reporter

The Orchard Park boys’ swim team has continued its dominant ways into a new era. In the first year under new head coach Phil Aronica, who took over for long-time leader Art Aungst, the Quakers have started 4-0 and appear to be in good shape going into the postseason.

“We’re swimming very well,” Aronica said. “In my opinion, we have exceeded a lot of expectations in terms of times this year. We have our big test this week coming up against Williamsville East. But I’m very happy with how we have been competing so far.”

The team has been led by a strong top group with varying levels of experience. Trevor Hoch is getting close to qualifying for the state championship meet. Joe Blake has been very good for the Quakers. Meanwhile, young guys Luke Sapio, Patrick McCrone and Josh Stetner have all impressed early on.

“Trevor is just off the state cut in several events,” Aronica said. “Joe Blake is swimming very well. In terms of newcomers, Luke Sapio and Patrick McCrone are freshman. They have swum tremendously so far. Our eighth-grader, Josh Stetner, will be a star for years to come. He’s been tearing it up as well.”

The team has also been strong in invitationals this year. The Quakers travelled up to Clarence for the North vs. South Meet with Clarence, Starpoint and East Aurora. They came away with a dominant effort.

“We swam in the North vs. South meet at Clarence,” Aronica said. “It’s us and East Aurora against Clarence and Starpoint. We did really well. We won every event minus two. I was very happy with how they swam. A lot of kids had their best times. We did very well. I was very happy in terms of the effort and overall the times we were going in that meet.”

The team took on Williamsville East in a huge meet that did not end by press time. They’ll then take on Hamburg on Jan. 19. Those are the two biggest meets over the final month of the season, before the Quakers turn their attention to the postseason meets.

“They’re easily one of the best teams in the area, so that’s going to be a test for us,” Aronica said. “We’ll see where we’re at as we get close to the postseason. Then we have Hamburg on the 19th. Those are two of our bigger meets to see where we’re at and tests for different things that we may need to improve on as we approach the postseason. “Those are going to be two great meets for us to prepare for ECIC’s and going forward for the rest of the season.” email: tnigrelli@beenews.com

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