Swim: Trumbull Pisces trio headed to Zone Championship

Bill Strickland was named to the Eastern Zones Championship coaching staff. Kristen Racicot and Cameron Kosak were Pisces qualifiers.
Bill Strickland was named to the Eastern Zones Championship coaching staff. Kristen Racicot and Cameron Kosak were Pisces qualifiers.

Kristen Racicot and Cameron Kosak, along with their head coach Bill Strickland, will be representing Trumbull and the state of Connecticut at the 2016 USA Eastern Zone Championships in Webster, N.Y.

They qualified for Zones Championship based upon their outstanding performances at the CT State Age Group Championships in Stamford.

Racicot made the Zones teams in the 50 breaststroke and 100 breaststroke events. She broke the Trumbull Pisces record in the 50 freestyle.

Kosak qualified for both the 100 yard backstroke and 200 yard backstroke events, setting the Trumbull Pisces team records in both events.

Kosak’s hard work all season long brought him to his peak performance at exactly the right time of the year. Over the past two weekends, he has collected four gold medals at Regional Championships, set two Trumbull Pisces records and swam two of the top three qualifying backstroke times in the state this season.

Racicot continues to dominate her age bracket, as she claimed a silver medal in 100 breaststroke, a bronze in the 50 breaststroke and was just off the medal stand with fifth place finishes in both the 50 butterfly and 50 freestyle.

She is the current holder of seven Trumbull Pisces records, including the one set this past weekend at the Age Group Championships.

"It is such an honor not only to be selected to the Zones coaching staff, but it's extra special to be there with Cameron and Kristen too,” Strickland said. “Our entire Pisces family has been so supportive of all our swimmers this season. It was truly an entire team effort to get to where we are today. We keep raising the bar for ourselves."

Also competing at the Age Group Championships for the Pisces were Jacqueline Dale, Norah Hampford, Anna Haydostain, Alexander Ivanovich, Audrey Kehley, Julia Nevins, Elizabeth Stoelzel and Raj Padda, who broke Pisces records in 200 butterfly and 500 freestyle and advanced to the finals for the 50 backstroke, 50 butterfly, 100 butterfly and the 200 butterfly.

"This season has been nothing short of amazing for all our Pisces swimmers,” Strickland said. “Since September they have been focused on their goals and have worked hard to achieve them. They never stop surprising us.”

Racicot and Kosak credit coaching from Strickland, Colleen Carroll and Chris Fracker for their success.

Strickland’s selection by the Zones committee to join the 2017 Zones coaching staff caps off an amazing season for the Pisces.

His team had plenty of medals and accolades including: CT Yankee League regular season champions, girls first place overall and four league records set at Yankee League finals, seven gold medals at the CT Regional Championships, 10 Age Group qualifiers, two Zones qualifiers and seven Trumbull Pisces team records.

Strickland has been the head coach of the Trumbull Pisces for the past five years and each season he’s led the team to new heights. His ability to connect with young swimmers and teach them the importance of proper swim technique, hard work and great sportsmanship has gained him a statewide recognition throughout the pool decks and beyond. Earlier this year he was nominated by his peers for Connecticut Swim Coach of the Year.