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M. Swimming Opens 2011-12 Season at West Point

Head Coach Tom Groden

Head Coach Tom Groden

Oct. 7, 2011


The Boston College men's swimming and diving team will open the 2011-12 season today, Friday, Oct.7, at a multi meet hosted by the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. In addition to BC and the USMA, the meet will also feature Stony Brook. Events are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

This season, the Eagles' look to build on last year's success. In 2010, BC took first at the Dartmouth Invite and second at Terrier Invitational. In addition, the Eagles earned second place at the ECAC Championships and two school records were broken in a win over Providence. The team also collected wins against Fairfield, Bryant, Chicago, Wheaton, Colgate, Tufts and Holy Cross during the season.

Out of the pool, the team achieved Scholar All-American status with the second highest team cumulative grade point average in the nation. Senior John Maloy earned 2010-11 Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District 1 At-Large recognition.

Head Coach Tom Groden has high expectations for his talented squad this year and looks to the following swimmers to lead the Eagles.

Top Returners
Sprint Freestyle: Senior Collin Thilo, who owns the school record in the 50 free, will lead the way for the Eagles. Thilo will be assisted this season by senior Juan Perez and senior Joseph Dimino.

Middle Distance Freestyle: Senior captain James Karle and junior Edward Timmerman are back to head up the middle distance freestyle category for BC. Karle, a member of the 2011 ECAC Championship Team, registered the second fastest dual meet time last season during the Fordham meet (1:45.76).

Distance Freestyle: Junior James Boretti will lead the way for BC in the distance events, filling the gap left by John Maloy. Boretti is fourth all-time at BC in 500 Freestyle, 1000 Freestyle, and 1650 Freestyle. He will be assisted by junior Michael Panzarino, sophomore Taylor Patch and senior Ryan DiStefano.

Backstroke: Junior Connor Stickney is expected to be the top returner for the Eagles in the backstroke. Last season, he turned in BC's All-Time best dual meet time in the 100 backstroke (53.32 at Army). Senior James MacKay should help in this stroke, along with junior Sean Powers and sophomore Sean Murphy.

Breaststroke: Senior Andrew Clancey, the school record holder in the 200 breaststroke, will return to lead BC's efforts in this category. Murphy is also expected to add depth in this event, in addition to senior captain Michael Stephens and sophomore Jason Castillo.

Butterfly: Senior Timothy Corrigan and senior captain Zachary Bowen will be the top returners for BC in the fly. Thilo is also expected to be a strong performer in this event. Senior Nicholas Sung, sophomore Ryan Cahalane and junior Stefanos Tziolis will provide depth for the Eagles in this event.

Individual Medley: Boretti, Bowen and Murphy will lead Boston College's efforts in the IM this season.

Diving: BC's diving team is anchored by the returning school record holder junior Marty Long and senior captain Christopher Walsh.

Top Newcomers
The Eagles welcome a talented, deep freshmen class. Nick Henze, Joe Costa, Luke Keffer and Carter Smith will aid the team in the middle distance freestyle events. Andrew Stranick and Alex Rudolph will provide depth in the breaststroke. Tim Benage and Michael Bryant seek to aid the BC squad in the fly and sprint events, respectively. Lastly, Tim Gordon and Ryan Herron look to enhance the diving team.

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