Eagles bring their best in postseason
The Trumbull High boys swim team has been growing by leaps and bounds since head coach Mike Ferraro has come on board two seasons ago.
Ferraro has made his mark rejuvenating the girls swim program at Trumbull, and has his sights set on reviving the boys program as well.
“When I took over the program we had seven swimmers,” Ferraro said “We didn’t have anyone qualify for the states or the Open.
“In my first year we ended up with 25 kids on the team with seven qualifying for the Class LL and the finals. “It was a building process, but I give a lot of credit to the kids for hanging in there and putting in all the hard work. That made the biggest difference.”
The rebuilding continued this year and with that the success rate has improved as well, as nine swimmers qualified for the postseason with six advancing to the finals.
The Eagles are 33 swimmers strong this season, led by senior captains Brandon Hylton and Brian Shanahan along with junior captains Miles Buroker and Sam Carley.
Trumbull used the experience and leadership of seniors Kevin Rivera and John McGeorge to go with juniors Richard Boyd, Kevin Shanahan, John Maccone and Nathan Stankevitz, along with George Vivo, Kevin Yeung and Josiah Kish, to help establish a solid foundation for the Eagles.
“We are continuing to grow,” Ferraro said. “We have our numbers up to 33 this year, but we only have four seniors. I’m very pleased with our progress at this point, but I’m looking forward to even bigger and better things down the road.”
Trumbull showed its inexperience going up against the best teams in the state during the Class LL championship meet. But, the Eagles also showed a team that not only has more depth but a wealth of talent.
Greenwich (922) won the title with Fairfield Prep (725) taking second and Staples of Westport (387) third.
The Eagles landed in 13th place with a team total of 171 points and vaulted four swimmers into the State Open.
The 400 freestyle relay squad finished in the top ten to earn a spot in the Open with Carley, Alex Ignatov, Buroker and Josh Pavel finishing ninth with an effort of 3:20.29.
In the Open, the foursome broke their previous mark when they posted a 3:19.01 to finish 16th.
“We have some very talented kids,” Ferraro said. “Miles (Buroker) just missed setting a new school record in the 100 breaststroke this year by two hundreds of a second.”
Trumbull also set some high marks in the Class LL meet with Pavel racing to an eighth-place finish in the 100 freestyle with a time of 49.21.
The sophomore sensation also put up a 12th-place showing in the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.59.
The 200 medley relay team of Pavel, Buroker, Ignatov and Boyd turned in an 11th-place finish with a time of 1:44.72.
The 200 freestyle foursome finished 16th with Boyd, Freddie Tamarkin, Brian Shanahan and Carley putting up a time of 1:36.70.
To keep Trumbull moving in the right direction next season, the sophomore group will be needed to take on a much bigger role led by Pavel and Freddie Tamarkin along with Rohit Kandala, Carlos Velez, Andy Zhou, Ryan Gorton and Ricky Flores.