Swimmers of the Year
Nicholas D'Innocenzo, Andover
Division 1, Soph.
|The sophomore certainly knows how to excel. D'Innocenzo, already a two-time All-Scholastic, races in the 200 IM, 100 breaststroke, and 500 free, and dominated his competition in each event as he captured the North Sectional championship in the 200 IM (1:54.27) and 500 free (4:38.07) and won at Division 1 states in the 200 IM (1:54.31) and 100 breast (59.55). The Merrimack Valley Conference Swimmer of the Year, he earned All-American status in the 200 IM and was a junior national qualifier in the 1,000 and 1,650 free. D'Innocenzo plays the guitar and is involved with his church youth group. In the offseason he swims for the Magnus Aquatic Group.|
Graham Frankel, Weston
Division 2, Jr.
|Resistence in the water slows the average swimmer, but not Graham Frankel. The junior owned the 100 free, winning the North Sectionals (47.16) and Division 2 state meet (47.06), captured another first in the 200 free at sectionals (1:44.87), and won the 50 free (21.58) at states. Frankel has been a Dual County League All-Star for the last three years (2005-2007), is an All-American in the 200 medley, 200 free, and 400 free relays, and an All-American consideration in the 100 free. He also has the fastest relay 50 split in Weston history. When you add up all these accomplishments it's no surprise that Weston won its ninth straight Division 2 state title, and sent its longtime coach Pete Foley into retirement a state champion.|
Coaches of the Year
Mark Taffe, Andover
|Coaching the sport for 15 years (nine years at Andover) Taffe knows the tricks of the trade. This season his team finished 8-1 , good for first place in the Merrimack Valley Conference. In the last two years, Taffe has an overall record of 17-1-1. Taffe, an active swimmer, graduated from Haverhill High School in 1978 and Rider College in Lawrenceville, N.J. in 1984. He said his team was "very dedicated, hardworking, and committed. They knew they had a chance to win the MVC for the first time in 14 years and sacrificed for this goal." Taffe shares the spotlight with one of his swimmers, sophomore Nick D'Innocenzo, who is the Globe's Division 1 Swimmer of the Year.|
Kyle Van Den Berghe, Bishop Feehan
|Van Den Berghe definitely made a statement in his second season as Bishop Feehan's head coach. He finished with a second straight unbeaten campaign, going 10-0 to improve his career record to 20-0. Along the way, Bishop Feehan won the Southern Conference title and ended BC High's run as South Sectional champion. At the Division 2 state championship, Bishop Feehan took second place behind Weston. Van Den Berghe graduated from Bishop Feehan in 1997, where was an outstanding swimmer, and attended St. Bonaventure University. He was a United States Olympic Trials qualifier in 2000.|
Ryan Brooks, Xaverian
100 freestyle, Jr.
|The junior won the 100 free in the South Sectionals with a time of 48.68 and raced on the 200 medley relay team, which won at Sectionals in 1:41.33 over Bishop Feehan (1:43.05). Brooks also plays football and is on the outdoor track team.|
Stuart Butts, Weston
200 IM, Jr.
|The junior took first in the 200 IM (1:55.24) in the Division 2 state meet and in the 100 backstroke in the North Sectionals (53.26). In 2006 he won a state title in the 100 back. Butts is a Dual County League All-Star in the back, IM, and relays.|
Brendan Cavallaro, Middleboro
|Cavallaro set a South Sectional record with 497 points (11 dives) and clinched first in Division 2 states (455.5). He owns the school record with 261 points on six dives. Cavallaro is also a member on the Charles River Diving team.|
Kyle Ernst, Seekonk
100 breaststroke, Sr.
|In the South Sectionals, Ernst won first-place honors and set a meet record in the event (59.01). Ernst holds school records for the 100 breast, 200 IM, and 200 free. The honors student plans to study graphic design or physical therapy.|
Jamie Mannion, St. John's Prep
500 freestyle, Sr.
|Mannion took second in the 500 free at North Sectionals (4:43.01) and states (4:42.10), setting a school record. The Globe's 2006 Swimmer of the Year and honor roll student won two state titles in 2006, and will be attending Harvard.|
Sean Reams, BC High
100 butterfly, Jr.
|Reams is undefeated in the 100 fly as he dominated the event in South Sectionals (53.49) and Division 1 states (52.42). He was named an All-Scholastic in 2006 as a member of the 400 free relay team and is an honor roll student.|
500 freestyle, Jr.
|Sbordon owns the 200 and 500 free, sweeping the Division 2 South Sectionals and states in both events (1:45.20, 1:45.39 and 4:45.19, 4:45.95) and also helped set a Sectional mark in the 400 free relay (3:17.65).|
Mark Scalise, St. John's Prep
50 freestyle, Jr.
|The honor roll student won the 50 free in Division 1 North Sectionals and states, recording a 21.81 at Sectionals and bettering his time with a 21.66 the next week. Scalise holds five school records in the 50 and 100 free, and as a part of the relay teams.|
Ian Sliwinski, BC High
100 backstroke, Soph.
|Sliwinski placed first in the 100 backstroke at Division 1 States with a 54.47 time. He also took sixth in the 50 free in 22.52. In the summer, Sliwinski is a member of the Weymouth Club Waves swim team and participated in the Bay State Games.|
Bobby Sullivan, Chelmsford
|Sullivan broke 11 diving records in his four years at Chelmsford. The senior placed first in the North Sectionals with 526.10 points and took second in Division 1 States (552.80) behind Jason Cook of Amherst. He's a four-year honor roll student.|
Mike Sullivan, Bishop Feehan
100 backstroke, Sr.
|Sullivan won the 100 backstroke in the South Sectional (53.72) and Division 2 states (52.06) and also took first in the 200 IM in the Sectional meet (1:59.35). The honor student will be swimming at Notre Dame in the fall.|
Mason White, Weston
100 breaststroke, Sr.
|White took first at the Division 2 state meet in the 100 breastroke, finishing in 58.92, and also won the 100 fly at the state meet (54.28). Receiving the Weston Scholar-Athlete award as an honor roll student, White will swim at Emory in the fall.|
ST. JOHN'S PREP
|With two seniors and two juniors, these upperclassmen triumphed with a solid camaraderie, hard work, and determination. Juniors Mark Scalise and Jeff Fiore and seniors Patrick Carroll and Jamie Mannion overpowered BC High in the Division 1 states, edging the Eagles, 1:28.47-1:28.70. The same bunch claimed the third spot in the North Sectionals with a time of 1:30.28, behind Weston (1:27.37) and Acton-Boxboro (1:29.50). Carroll (Bates College) and Mannion (Harvard) are headed off to college in the fall. Carroll also plays football and runs track, Fiore plays water polo, and Scalise lacrosse.|
|This is a really tight group of juniors that have another year to improve on an already impressive resume. Stuart Butts, Mason White, Chris Rossborough, and Graham Frankel broke its own record set in 2006 with a 1:36.70, easily defeating St. John's Prep (1:40.24) in the North Sectionals. The results improved the next week at the Division 2 state meet, when the quartet win in 1:35.84. Weston went on to win its ninth straight state title. Butts, White, Rossborough, and Frankel are all honor roll students. Butts is also a member of the varsity golf team.|
|If you need another reason why Weston dominated Division 2 this winter, check out the 400 free relay team of senior Pierre Gelmetti and juniors Stuart Butts, Chris Rossborough, and Graham Frankel. At the North Sectional, Weston finished behind St. John's Prep (3:16.22) with a time of 3:21.19. A week later at the Division 2 state championship, it won in 3:11.91, surpassing second-place Bishop Feehan by more than 10 seconds. During the regular season, they set a Weston pool record in the 400 free. Gelmetti is an exchange student from France and has won French titles during his career at home.|
BAY STATE: Jared Courville, Jake Forman, Joe Lessard, Ben Lehnert, Kevin Thompson, Collin Shippee, Justin Wells and Desi Yeung, Framingham; Ben Haines, Mike Mooney, Zack Seacrest, Rick Sykes and Phil Zabriskie, Wellesley; Tobias Blattler, Anton Fossum-Hylin, Miguel Gother-Reys, Cyrus Rich and Norman Nguyen, Brookline; Dong-Yeop Shin, Newton North; Drew Freedman, Chris Tingley, and A.J. Seltzer, Natick; Eddie Timmerman and John Barker, Needham.
BIG THREE: Jeff Pacasse, Eamon Treadup, Joey Welch, Bryon Doyon, Nate King, Brad Morel, Matt Perry, Jimmy Oliveira, Eric Indyck, Ryan Grace, and Kyle Christian, New Bedford; Alex Menard, Craig Johnson, Shane Alves, Cory Bedard, Chris Demeule, and Ben Demeule, Durfee; Anthony Mastropietro, Steven Dubois, and Matt Kelleher, Brockton.
BOSTON: Ray Newton, Charlestown; Sergio Vergara and Jose Villanueva, East Boston; James Barbuto, John Casper, and Sean Devlin, Latin Academy; Corrado Addonisio and Talal Jaber, O'Bryant; Nico Andrade, Ramon Calderon, Tony Jiang, and Fatimir Shkurti, West Roxbury.
CAPE ANN: Kevin Howard, Devin Whear, and Steve Leavitt, Hamilton-Wenham; Chris Carroll, Andrew Reid, Brian Bouvier, Tim Bouvier, Parker Courtland, Brian Lombard, and Joe Graves, Ipswich; Max Baun, Manchester Essex; Colin Bates, Nick Hinckley, and Steven Sinclair,
CATHOLIC CENTRAL: Luke Fey, Arlington Catholic; Paul Bimmler, Mike Maher, and Scott Sutherland, Austin Prep; James Black and Dan Law, Bishop Fenwick; Charles Clark, Cardinal Spellman; Davidson Pequero, Matignon; A.J. Capano and Eddie Coleman, St. Mary's.
DUAL COUNTY: Chris Batson, Tom DeMarco, Granite Huang, Dan Ladd, Steve Poulin, Yi Lim, and Ben Wilcox, Acton-Boxboro; Tom Colgan, Bedford; David Yazbeck, Boston Latin; Stew Bird, Concord-Carlisle; Hugh Willett, DS-M; Rob Porter, Holliston; P.J. Beauregard, Chris Campbell, and Gabe Davis, Hopkinton; Alex Boyd, Patrick DeMarle, Scott Ehrmann, and Tucker Krone, Lincoln-Sudbury; Greg Barrett, Newton South; Patrick Rogers, Wayland; Steve Hart, Westford; Drew Adams, Stuart Butts, Graham Frankel, Pierre Gelmetti, Michael Grant, Jake Lichter, Zach Lichter, Matt Nahigian, Chris Rossborough, and Mason White, Weston.
GREATER BOSTON: Andrew Ashe, Lucas Dow, Alden Griges, Simon Skates, Andy Fallon, and Jordan Simenas, Cambridge; Thomas Huynh, Dominic Gabriella, Matt Zunitch, Greg Deangelis, Mark Damon, Jeff Almonacid, and Vlad Grigorov, Malden; Jaqui Poirier, Freeland Tudin, and Nico Karon, Medford; Steven Madozi, Peabody; Tony Montejano, Somerville; Dan Ovechkis, Kevin Donovan, and Alex Guelli, Waltham.
MIDDLESEX: Colin Hunsberger, Ben Brostoff, Jeremy Conlin, and Fillip Zembowicz, Belmont; Cody Costa, Burlington; Apoorv Kumar, Frank Yin, Taylor Patch, Alec Tandara-Kuhns, Lee Chiang, David Wang, Greg Lowen, Mike Pogran, Alex Teng, Lexington; Zack Brown, Melrose; Will McCarthy, Winchester.
MERRIMACK VALLEY: Nick D'Inncenzo, Christian Bishop, Mike Bakies, Peter Saunders, Peter Li, Paul Hunter, and Zach Hamer, Andover; David Odenwelder and Mike DeMillia, Haverhill; Nathan Perkins, Robert Sullivan, Andrew Eckhoff, Robert Cakounes, Bill Rogers, David Fei, and Matt Hendry, Chelmsford.
NORTHEASTERN: Christian Hurst, Beverly; Dan Crowley, Danvers; Eric Silva and Derek Fay, Lynn Classical; Will Segal, Lynn English; Chris Argiros, Ted Millett, Stuart Henige, and Michael Bennett, Marblehead; Jose Peres, Revere; Taylor Duncan, Salem; Sam Andler, Harry Morrell, Omri Bernstein, Swampscott.
PATRIOT: Theo Smith, Brendan Cavallaro, and Dan Beals, Middleboro; William Goldman, Clarke Madigan, Brian George, Andrew Sommer, and Mike Dinneen, Duxbury; Brian McGuiness, Johnny Drybanski, Colin Conway, John McGuiness, Mike Wall, Brent Daly, and Rob Lilly, Scituate/Cohasset; Nolan Hermanson, Hanover/Rockland; Tomas Abdalla, Pembroke.
SOUTHERN: Niles Ashlin and Ben Nicholas, Apponequett; Josh Thomas and Alan Friedlander, Attleboro; Mike Sullivan, Patrick Sullivan, Luca Tiziani, Sean Murphy, Joey Sbordon, Eric Burtchell, and Ryan Younis, Bishop Feehan; Nathan Medeiros, Kevin Jones, Andrew St. Pierre, James Kearns, Chris Kelly, and Joey Burnett, Bishop Stang; Anthony Mastropietro, Brockton; Alex Menard, Durfee; Matteo BonTempo, Milford; Joey Welch, Craig Johnson Brian Doyon, James Oliveira, Jeffrey Lacasse, and Robert Frazier, New Bedford; Vito Deluca, Kyle Ernst, and Brian Silva, Seekonk; Bryan Peterson, Westwood.
TRI-VALLEY: Jill Greenberg, Ashley Logan, and Cara Sweeney, Westwood; Kelly Potvin and Livia Rizzo, Dover-Sherborn; Cara Hart and Maggie Carragher, Holliston; Brooke Anderson and Nicole Driscoll, Hopkinton; Jacky McLaughlin and Jen McBrien, Medfield; Lindsay Shorey, Ashland; Meghan Driscoll, Bellingham; Cass Vouriotis, Medway; Amy Ingraham, Millis; Sarah Regan, Norton.