2017 Hockomock League Boys Swimming All Stars

Below are the official 2017 Hockomock League Boys Swimming All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

Hockomock League MVP

Nick Antonellis, Milford

Hockomock League All Stars

Colton Parkinson, Attleboro
Sebastian Melendez, Canton
Owen Guerini, Canton
Sean Mitchell, Canton
Adrian Bankowski, Canton
Dan Egan, Foxboro
Johnmichael Boucher, Foxboro
Connor Bourgeois, Franklin
Roy Wang, Franklin
Sumit Choudhury, Franklin
Jack Cashin, Franklin
Colby Vieira, King Philip
Jack Poppenberger, King Philip
Andy Sprague, King Philip
Tyler Stringfellow, King Philip
Sebastian Gwynne, Mansfield
Nick Antonellis, Milford
Chris Watson, Milford
Marcello Panno, Milford
Nick Haddad, North Attleboro
Kyle Gray, Oliver Ames
Andrew Abramson, Oliver Ames
Nick Lombardo, Oliver Ames
Jason Hertz, Sharon
Noah Moniz, Taunton
Caelan Schrama, Taunton
Matt Heather, Taunton

Honorable Mentions

Diego Ferstler, Canton
James Donoghue, Foxboro
Patrick Juszyszn, Franklin
Zachary Costello, Mansfield
Dan Pacella, Milford
Lucas Haddad, North Attleboro
Tyler Tran, Stoughton
Navid Darius, Taunton

King Philip Boys Win Second Straight Hockomock Meet

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King Philip boys swimming poses with its second straight Hockomock League Championships plaque. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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MILFORD, Mass. – The King Philip boys swimming team had to share the dual meet title with Franklin and Taunton.

The Warriors weren’t going to share the Hockomock League Championship title with anyone.

For the second straight year, King Philip took home first place at the league meet held at Milford High School, pulling away from Canton, Milford, Franklin and Taunton down the stretch. The Warriors had a total of 279 points.

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“It was an exciting meet to come into,” said first-year KP head coach Jack Pettine. “We were looking to do the best we could today. Throughout the season we had a lot of great competition to prepare us for today.”

King Philip won the first event of the day (200 medley relay) and it turned out to be the only first place finish the Warriors. In the final 10 events, the Warriors relied on their depth with a swimming finishing in fourth or better in eight of them. The only two events KP didn’t have a placement in the top six were the 100 yard free and the 200 free relay.

“We had some really strong showings from guys all throughout the team,” Pettine said. “After our guys who came in first, the guys who came in second, those little points really add up at the end to get us in first place.”

The team of sophomore Colby Vieira, senior Jack Poppenberger, senior Andy Sprague and sophomore Tyler Stringfellow got the Warriors off to a strong start, clocking in at 1:46.96 to win the 200 medley relay, edging Franklin, Milford and Franklin by a second or less.

That foursome went on to pace King Philip the rest of the way.

Vieira took fourth in the 200 IM (2:07.78) and third in the 100 backstroke (57.74), Poppenberger took third in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.04) and was apart of the 200 free relay that placed seventh, Sprague had a pair of third place finishes, first in the 50 free (23.35) and then in the 100 fly (55.12) and Stringfellow took second in both the 200 free (1:50.30) and 500 free (4:53.69).

Sprague, Vieira and Stringfellow, along with Dean Whyte, took second in the 400 free relay (3:28.06) to finish the meet.

KP also got strong performances from freshman John Dionis (eighth in the 200 free), Dean Whyte (eighth in 200 IM and fifth in the 100 backstroke) and Tate Duffy (fourth in 500 free and eighth in 100 breaststroke). All three were also apart of the 200 free relay that took seventh.

“Dean Whyte came in with some really good placing, Andy Sprague and John Dionis picked up some big points, Kyle Loud helped out too,” Pettine said. “Pretty much everyone on the team, top to bottom, came through in the clutch and that was exciting. It was all-team effort which is great.

“And I could not have done this season without my assistant coach Danielle Hopkins. She kept me going through it all. She worked great with the kids, she was one of our biggest strengths all season long.”

Fresh off a Davenport division dual meet title, Canton carried its momentum in to grab second place with 256 points.

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The Bulldogs followed the lead of senior Sebastian Melendez (four time winner) and capitalized on strong showings in the freestyle events to get second place.

Melendez took first in both the 200 free (1:45.54) and the 500 free (4:46.23) – touching the wall at least five seconds ahead of second place in both events. Melendez also anchored the 400 free relay to a thrilling comeback in the final event of the meet and was also apart of the 200 free relay that took first.

Melendez was joined by seniors Owen Guerini and Sean Mitchell as well as freshman Adrian Bankowski in both relay wins.

“Those were big points there are the end, that really elevated us at the end,” said Canton coach Cheryl Cavanaugh. “Our relays were awesome. All of the kids had personal bests, some of the kids were even knocking as much as five and six seconds off of their time. It was an incredible day for us.

“All of the kids in the middle really improved today and knocked a lot of time off.”

Guerini, Mitchell and Bankowski made their mark throughout the meet as well. Mitchell picked up points with a second place in the 50 free (22.99) and touched in fourth in the 100 breaststroke, Guerini was fifth in the 50 free (23.39) and finished sixth overall in the 100 free and Bankowski, in his first league championship meet, was seventh overall in the 50 free (23.88) and came in sixth in the 500 free (5:32.55)

Diego Ferstler also record points for the Bulldogs, placing ninth in the 50 free, 11th in the 100 free and taking 10th in the 200 medley relay along with Chris Milne, Matthew Gilmore and Justin Diep. Mile also took 11th in the 100 breaststroke and Gilmore and Deep took sixth and 12th, respectively, in the 100 fly.

“We were right in the thick of things for a while and we were shocked to be in first at times and be with the big schools,” Cavanaugh said. “We came in just looking for personal bests and trying to get as many medals as we could. It was great for the kids to hear we were in contention for first place.”

Milford rounded out the top three, finishing with 251 points. Senior Nick Antonellis followed up an impressive performance at last year’s meet with another strong showing on Friday night.

“We were right in the thick of it the entire day,” said Milford head coach Dave Chaplin. “I’ve got to give total credit to our staff, they really prepared the kids for a great performance today. I don’t think we had a kid dive in the pool and not swim their best. Every sectional and state qualifying time we were looking to accomplish, we did that in spades. Just a fantastic effort, it was a great performance.”

Antonellis claimed first place in both the 200 IM (1:59.15) and the 100 fly (53.96) and helped two relay teams to top five finishes.

Antonellis teamed with Daniel Pacella, Chris Watson and Marcello Panno to clock in at 1:47.65 in the 200 medley relay – good enough for third place. That same foursome teamed together for the 400 free relay and finished in 3:35.26, taking fourth place.

Watson surged to a first place finish in the 100 breaststroke.

Panno also placed in the 50 free (sixth, 23.65) and the 100 free (fifth, 52.71). Scarlet Hawk freshman Gillieson Hobert took seven in the 100 backstroke (1:04.77) and 11th in the 50 free (25.25) and teamed with Pacella, Michael Khoury and Gianni Panno for a fourth place finish in the 200 free relay.

Franklin senior Connor Bourgeois won the 50 free (22.51), Oliver Ames sophomore Kyle Gray touched first in a very close 100 free race, coming in at 51.20 – 0.02 seconds ahead of Sharon’s Jason Hertz. North Attleboro’s Nick Haddad claimed first in the 100 backstroke (55.09).

King Philip’s Cara Angelo and Oliver Ames’ Cam Bourne won the diving championships at the beginning of the meet.

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Team Results

1. King Philip – 279
2. Canton – 256
3. Milford – 251
4. Franklin – 249.50
5. Taunton – 238
6. Oliver Ames – 210.50
7. Attleboro – 149
8. Mansfield – 138
9. North Attleboro – 133
10. Sharon – 129
11. Foxboro – 31
12. Stoughton (one swimmer) – 4

Race Results

200 Yard Medley Relay
1. King Philip (Colby Vieira, Jack Poppenberger, Andy Sprague, Tyler Stringfellow) – 1:46.96
2. Franklin (Jack Cashin, Roy Wang, Sumit Choudhury, Connor Bourgeois) – 1:47.41
3. Milford (Daniel Pacella, Chris Watson, Nick Antonellis, Marcello Panno) – 1:47.65
4. Taunton (Navid Darius, Matthew Heather, Caelan Schrama, Noah Moniz) – 1:47.98
5. Attleboro (Colton Parkinson, Camren Fuller, Casey Cross, Connor Dunn) – 1:50.56
6. Mansfield (Zachary Costello, Jared Gabrilowtiz, Sebastian Gwynne, Matthew Weiner) – 1:54.34

200 Yard Free
1. Sebastian Melendez, Canton – 1:45.54
2. Tyler Stringfellow, King Philip – 1:50.30
3. Andrew Abramson, Oliver Ames – 1:56.01
4. Sumit Choudhury, Franklin – 2:02.94
5. Matthew Heather, Taunton – 2:03.00
6. Gianni Panno, Milford – 2:05.40

200 Yard IM
1. Nick Antonellis, Milford – 1:59.15
2. Nick Haddad, North Attleboro – 2:04.76
3. Colton Parkinson, Attleboro – 2:04.28
4. Colby Vieira, King Philip – 2:07.78
5. Noah Moniz, Taunton – 2:07.83
6. Roy Wang, Franklin – 2:10.41

50 Yard Free
1. Connor Bourgeois, Franklin – 22.51
2. Sean Mitchell, Canton – 22.99
3. Andy Sprague, King Philip – 23.35
4. Jason Hertz, Sharon – 23.37
5. Owen Guerini, Canton – 23.39
6. Marcello Panno, Milford – 23.65

100 Yard Butterfly
1. Nick Antonellis, Milford – 53.96
2. Sebastian Gwynne, Mansfield – 54.99
3. Andy Sprague, King Philip – 55.12
4. Kyle Gray, Oliver Ames – 55.17
5. Sumit Choudhury, Franklin – 59.84
6. Matthew Gilmore, Canton – 1:00.65

100 Yard Free
1. Kyle Gray, Oliver Ames – 51.20
2. Jason Hertz, Sharon – 51.22
3. Connor Bourgeois, Franklin – 51.30
4. Caelan Schrama, Taunton – 51.65
5. Marcello Panno, Milford – 52.17
6. Owen Guerini, Canton – 53.08

500 Yard Free
1. Sebastian Melendez, Canton – 4:46.23
2. Tyler Stringfellow, King Philip – 4:53.69
3. Colton Parkinson, Attleboro – 4:54.04
4. Tate Duffy, King Philip – 5:07.26
5. Andrew Abramson, Oliver Ames – 5:07.35
6. Nicholas Lombardo, Oliver Ames – 5:14.78

200 Yard Free Relay
1. Canton (Owen Guerini, Sean Mitchell, Adrian Bankowski, Sebastian Melendez) – 1:31.65
2. Franklin (Jack Cashin, Roy Wang, Sumit Choudhury, Connor Bourgeois) – 1:35.85
3. Sharon (Alexander Lurie, Kevin Yang, Dennis Chau, Jason Hertz) – 1:38.51
4. Milford (Daniel Pacella, Michael Khoury, Gianni Panno, Gillieson Hobert) – 1:39.57
5. Oliver Ames (Anthony Carraggi, Nicholas Lombardo, Alex Buche, Kyle Gray) – 1:40.41
6. North Attleboro (Lucas Haddad, Camrin Young, Brian Hines, Nick Haddad) – 1:42.15

100 Yard Backstroke
1. Nick Haddad, North Attleboro – 55.05
2. Noah Moniz, Taunton – 57.10
3. Colby Vieira, King Philip – 57.74
4. Nicholas Lombardo, Oliver Ames – 1:00.84
5. Dean Whyte, King Philip – 1:02.22
6. Navid Darius, Taunton – 1:04.31

100 Yard Breaststroke
1. Chris Watson, Milford – 1:06.35
2. Roy Wang, Franklin – 1:06.80
3. Jack Poppenberger, King Philip – 1:07.04
4. Sean Mitchell, Canton – 1:07.30
5. Jack Cashin, Franklin – 1:07.89
6. Lucas Haddad, North Attleboro – 1:08.27

400 Yard Free Relay
1. Canton (Owen Guerini, Sean Mitchell, Adrian Bankowski, Sebastian Melendez) – 2:36.31
2. King Philip (Andy Sprague, Dean Whyte, Colby Vieira, Tyler Stringfellow) – 3:28.06
3. Taunton (Noah Moniz, Matthew Heather, Johnathan Rego, Caelan Schrama) – 3:31.89
4. Milford (Marcello Panno, Daniel Pacella, Chris Watson, Nick Antonellis) – 3:35.26
5. Oliver Ames (Nicholas Lombardo, Alex Buche, Andrew Abramson, Kyle Gray) – 3:35.39
6. Attleboro (Connor Dunn, Casey Cross, Camren Fuller, Colton Parkinson) – 3:44.91

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The 2016 Hockomock Boys Swimming All Stars & HMs

Below are the official Hockomock League Boys Swimming All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

Hockomock League MVP

Alex DiGiacomo, King Philip

Hockomock League All Stars

River Wright, Attleboro
Dylon Willis, Attleboro
Nathan Tellier, Attleboro
Colton Parkinson, Attleboro
Sebastian Melendez, Canton
Diego Ferstler, Canton
Sean Mitchell, Canton
Owen Guerini, Canton
Connor Bourgeois, Franklin
Tim McQuaid, King Philip
Tyler Stringfellow, King Philip
Alex DiGiacomo, King Philip
Jack Poppenberger, King Philip
Andy Sprague, King Philip
Sebastian Gwynne, Mansfield
Nick Antonellis, Milford
Marcello Panno, Milford
Nick Haddad, North Attleboro
Victor Cai, North Attleboro
Randy Wentworth, North Attleboro
Zach Vogel, Oliver Ames
Kyle Gray, Oliver Ames
Andrew Abramson, Oliver Ames
Greg Klimov, Sharon
Ben Mo, Sharon
Jason Hertz, Sharon
Caelan Schrama, Taunton

Honorable Mentions

Dan Nadeau, Canton
Kyle Stringfellow, Foxboro
Roy Wang, Franklin
Tate Duffy, King Philip
Jared Gabrilowitz, Mansfield
Chris Watson, Milford
Brian Hines, North Attleboro
Michael Sullivan, Oliver Ames
Connor King, Taunton

KP Back on Top at Hockomock Swim Championship

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The King Philip boys’ swim team regained the top spot at the Hockomock Championship meet on Sunday, capping a season that also saw the Warriors win the league dual meet title. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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MILFORD, Mass. – After one year without a title, perennial league power King Philip is back on top at the Hockomock Boys Swimming Championship. The Warriors, who finished third in 2015, finished with an overall total of 361 and won by nearly 100 points over second place  on Sunday at the Milford High natatorium.

“I think overall the kids swam well,” said KP coach Kathy White. “There’s some really fast swimming in the Hockomock League this year, which I think great for the league…so I think for us to have as much depth, I think everyone stepped up.”

Remarkably, the Warriors got first place finishes in two of the first four events, but no other firsts for the remainder of the meet. The 200-yard medley relay team of Tim McQuaid, Tyler Stringfellow, Alex DiGiacomo, and Jack Poppenberger took first (and the double points) and DiGiacomo added a first place in the 50-yard freestyle.

Although there were no other event winners, KP continued to accumulate points by placing a number of swimmers in the top positions. Stringfellow and Poppenberger finished in second and third in the 200- and 500-yard free, Andy Sprague added a fifth to DiGiacomo’s first in the 50-yard free, DiGiacomo and Dean Whyte took third and fifth in the 100-yard fly, and Tim McQuaid and Colby Vieira took second and fourth in the 100-yard backstroke.

“We have a lot of kids who do a lot of things and are willing to do what you ask them to and step into roles where they might not be comfortable,” said White.

When asked if the consistent success of the Warriors through the years (KP has won all but two titles since the program began) adds any pressure to the team, White replied, “I think they take it on themselves and they want to carry on what’s started and carry on that tradition.”

In second place overall was Attleboro with 269 points, which was by far the Bombardiers’ best finish at the Hockomock Championship. According to head coach Rory Germain, when the Bombardiers joined the league they stood little chance of challenging for the title and had yet to finish higher than eighth, but now can compete with the Hock’s best.

“It feels like a win,” said Germain. “I’m beyond proud of these guys.”

“Three of my seniors, who are senior captains this year, were on the team three years ago when we didn’t have a shot…we finished in 12th place, we were bottom of the barrel, and to just see how far they’ve come as swimmers and really as people is just incredible.”

Attleboro had five first-place finishers on Sunday. Dylon Willis took first in the 100-yard free and 100-yard breaststroke and freshman River Wright made a splash in his first league meet, taking first in two events, including the 100-yard fly in which he edged out Milford’s Nick Antonellis, who he knows well from club swim, by less than a second.

“I’ve sort of bummed that he wasn’t going to seniors, which is a club thing,” said Wright about getting to square off against Antonellis. “I didn’t get to face him when we swam against Milford, but it was awesome to have someone to race today.”

Wright also won the 200-yard IM by five seconds and was part of the 400-yard free relay team, along with Nate Tellier, Colin Parkinson, and Willis, which fell behind by a couple of body lengths to the team from Sharon but managed to get nearly even after the third leg and then won by four seconds after River’s closing push.

“I was losing it,” said Germain with a laugh. “Dylan got us within one body length and then once River got in first…I have utmost confidence in my boys and especially River – he’s a notch above.”

About Wright’s impact on the team this season, Germain added, “It makes all the relays better, gets us more points in individual events, and he’s one of those kids who’s very modest and humble and not above helping the kids who just started and cheering them on.”

Wright did not try to contain his excitement at being able to share the excitement with teammates, in what is at the highest levels a very individual sport.

He said, “It’s absolutely nothing like I’ve ever experienced before…To have a team like this and race with your team as a whole, is something…absolutely breathtaking.”

Davenport dual meet champion Sharon took third overall and Canton finished in fourth led by Sebastian Melendez, who took first in the 200- and 500-yard free and joined with Diego Ferstler, Sean Mitchell, and Owen Guerini to take first in the 200-yard free relay.

In the end, the Warriors had enough depth to finish well in front and got back on top of the podium (or diving board, as the case may be) after a brief, one-year hiatus.

“We’ve got a really great crop of freshmen this year,” she explained, “and we want to apply that dedication to every kid who comes in here to carry that tradition on.”

Overall Results
King Philip – 361
Attleboro – 269
Sharon – 260
Canton – 206
Taunton – 181
Milford – 170
Franklin – 160
North Attleboro – 155
Mansfield – 132
Oliver Ames – 125
Foxboro – 35
200-Yard Medley Relay
1. King Philip (Tim McQuaid, Tyler Stringfellow, Alex DiGiacomo, Jack Poppenberger) – 1:47.24
2. Sharon (Tadhg Daly, Benjamin Mo, Greg Klimov, Jason Hertz) – 1:48.18
3. North Attleboro (Nick Haddad, Victor Cai, Randy Wentworth, Brian Hines) – 1:50.05
4. Attleboro (Samual Seybert, Dylon Willis, William Healy, Nathan Tellier) – 1:50.21
5. Mansfield (Zack Costello, Jared Gabrilowitz, Sebastian Gwynne, Matt Weiner) – 1:54.62
200-Yard Freestyle
1. Sebastian Melendez (Canton) – 1:48.20
2. Tyler Stringfellow (King Philip) – 1:51.77
3. Jack Poppenberger (King Philip) – 1:53.44
4. Benjamin Mo (Sharon) – 1:56.39
5. Andrew Abramson (Oliver Ames) – 1:57.92
200-Yard Individual Medley
1. River Wright (Attleboro) – 2:00.46
2. Victor Cai (North Attleboro) – 2:05.04
3. Nick Haddad (North Attleboro) – 2:05.99
4. Greg Klimov (Sharon) – 2:07.10
5. Kyle Gray (Oliver Ames) – 2:07.14
50-Yard Freestyle
1. Alex DiGiacomo (King Philip) – 22.92
2. Connor Bourgeois (Franklin) – 23.18
3. Sean Mitchell (Canton) – 23.61
4. Marchello Panno (Milford) – 23.93
5. Andy Sprague (King Philip) – 24.21
100-Yard Butterfly
1. River Wright (Attleboro) – 53.23
2. Nick Antonellis (Milford) – 54.08
3. Alex DiGiacomo (King Philip) – 54.44
4. Greg Klimov (Sharon) – 58.32
5. Dean Whyte (King Philip) – 1:01.71
100-Yard Freestyle
1. Dylon Willis (Attleboro) – 50.98
2. Caelan Schrama (Taunton) – 51.97
3. Kyle Gray (Oliver Ames) – 52.17
4. Andy Sprague (King Philip) – 52.46
5. Marchello Panno (Milford) – 53.30
500-Yard Freestyle
1. Sebastian Melendez (Canton) – 4:52.45
2. Tyler Stringfellow (King Philip) – 4:54.28
3. Jack Poppenberger (King Philip) – 5:04.63
4. Andrew Abramson (Oliver Ames) – 5:13.18
5. Tate Duffy (King Philip) – 5:15.64
200-Yard Freestyle Relay
1. Canton (Diego Ferstler, Sean Mitchell, Owen Guerini, Sebastian Melendez) – 1:34.17
2. Attleboro (Samual Seybert, Nathan Tellier, Colin Parkinson, River Wright) – 1:36.34
3. King Philip (Andy Sprague, Colby Vieira, Tim McQuaid, Alex DiGiacomo) – 1:36.87
4. Milford (Marchello Panno, Chris Watson, Michael Koury, Nick Antonellis) – 1:39.28
5. Sharon (Tadhg Daly, Alexander Lurie, Nishanath Mankame, Jason Hertz) – 1:39.44
100-Yard Backstroke
1. Nick Haddad (North Attleboro) – 56.93
2. Tim McQuaid (King Philip) – 59.35
3. Colin Parkinson (Attleboro) – 1:00.51
4. Colby Vieira (King Philip) – 1:01.49
5. Samual Seyhart (Attleboro) – 1:03.41
100-Yard Breaststroke
1. Dylon Willis (Attleboro) – 1:00.72
2. Nick Antonellis (Milford) – 1:04.21
3. Victor Cai (North Attleboro) – 1:04.46
4. Benjamin Mo (Sharon) – 1:05.04
5. Tate Duffy (King Philip) 1:08.38
400-Yard Freestyle Relay
1. Attleboro (Nathan Tellier, Colin Parkinson, Dylon Willis, River Wright) – 3:28.28
2. Sharon (Greg Klimov, Jason Hertz, Nishanath Mankame, Benjamin Mo) – 3:32.33
3. Canton (Owen Guerini, Sean Mitchell, Diego Ferstler, Sebastian Melendez) – 3:32.93
4. King Philip (Andy Sprague, Colby Vieira, Tyler Stringfellow, Jack Poppenberger) – 3:35.70
5. Milford (Marchello Panno, Chris Watson, Michael Koury, Nick Antonellis) – 3:40.58
Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.