Eagles defeat rival

The Trumbull High boys swim team may be young, but is far from inexperienced. The Eagles notched their second win of the season by edging out Brien McMahon-Norwalk by an 87-83 margin to begin 2013.

Trumbull ran into the 6-0 Greenwich Cardinals last week and fell by a 108-62 margin, but showed they have some competitors in the lineup.

The Eagles are led by senior captains Brandon Hylton and Brian Shanahan, along with junior captains Miles Buroker and Sam Carly.

“We are doing very well in an always competitive FCIAC,” Trumbull head coach Mike Ferraro said. “It’s a tough go at it facing the upper echelon of the FCIAC, but we made a nice come-from-behind win over Brien McMahon-Norwalk.”

It was the victory by the 400 relay squad of Carly, Buroker, Alex Ignatov and Josh Pavel that led the Eagles past McMahon.

Buroker was a Class L qualifier in last year’s 200 IM and 100 breaststroke, along with the 200 medley relay squad.

Pavel was on last year’s Class L 200 medley relay team and also qualified for the 100 backstroke and the 100 freestyle.

Trumbull also boasts Carly, Wally Boyd and Freddie Tamarkin, who were the strength of last year’s Class L 200 freestyle relay. Carly also qualified in the 500 freestyle.

“It’s been a long time since we have had this many swimmers qualify for the states. We haven’t had a record holder since 1977,” Ferraro said. “So far we have seven swimmers making states and we have a few more being so close to qualifying.

“We have a real good group of captains to lead this team. We have experienced leadership and a real strong supporting cast that will help the younger swimmers develop.”

Seniors Kevin Rivera and John McGeorge, juniors Josiah Kish, Kevin Shanahan and John Maccone, along with Nathan Stankevitz, George Vivo and Kevin Yeung, provides this leadership.

That development has already taken place, as the younger swimmers have taken on a role of solid contributors.

Led by sophomores Pavel and Tamarkin, the rest of the group includes Rohit Kandala, Carlos Velez and Andy Zhou, who team up with Ryan Gorton and Ricky Flores to provide the depth that will keep the Eagles competitive.

Against Greenwich, the Eagles put up some positive numbers with Buroker swimming to victory in the 200 freestyle at 1:53.78. Carly won hands down in the 500 freestyle by posting a winning time of 5:11.42.

Ignatov paced the field and won handily in the 200 IM with an effort of 2:06.86 and Pavel turned in a blistering pace of 58.62 to win the 100 backstroke.

Buroker took home his second victory of the meet after earning a first-place finish in the 100 breaststroke at 1:06.12.

The Eagles have a St. Joseph competitor on the team in Alex Rigione a sprinter, along with a valuable freshman class that represents the future of the program.

Freshman Sydney Adams, who plays girls volleyball in the fall, gets to participate in her passion for swimming on the boys team in the winter.

Ben Tamarkin, Rishav Javhiri, Jared Stickel and Chris O’Brien, along with James Donahue, Christian Lathrop, Ryan Akunzedah, Nathan Shaw and Leyth Alarumi, provide Ferraro with the kind of depth that will add a few more wins before the season is over.

The Eagles will return home to Hillcrest Middle School on Wednesday, Jan. 30 to host Westhill-Stamford.