Boys Swimming and Diving at Hotchkiss has a long tradition of excellence and we believe strongly in participation and a constant striving for improvement. We sometimes have brand-new swimmers and divers on the team, but most of our athletes have some prior experience with swim teams. Our goal is simple: through consistent hard work and team support, we want every boy in the program to improve and have best-ever performances at the end of the year.
Hotchkiss has had only two losing dual meet seasons since 1983 and we compete in Division One of the New England prep school swimming association (NEPSSA). Hotchkiss swimmers have won the Babcock Award for outstanding male athlete at the New England championships three times in the last 15 years.
Perhaps of greatest pride to the program is Hixon Pool, a ten-lane, multi-purpose pool with exceptional deck space and lighting, as well as a large, attractive grandstand for spectators. We play host each year either to the Founders League or New England Division One championships, which the pool and the program handle with ease and with class.
Head Coach Keith Moon Phone: 860-435-3189 Send email
Coach Moon has worked with Hotchkiss swimmers since 1989 and he has been the head coach since 1994. A year-round club swimmer in Northern Virginia before two years at Phillips Exeter Academy and then Dartmouth College, Coach Moon has coached two league MVPs -- Geoff Rathgeber '04 and Jack Pretto '10 -- and several All-American swimmers. Rathgeber was the first swimmer in New England prep school swimming to break 1:50 in the 200 Individual Medley and Pretto was the first swimmer in the league to go under 50 seconds in the 100 Backstroke. Coach Moon is the vice-president of the NEPSSA league and has served as the host of the New England championships several times.
Assistant Coach Annie Hall Phone: 860-435-3180 Send email
Assistant Coach Carita Gardiner (Diving) Phone: 860-435-4406 Send email
Many swimmers have gone on to considerable success in college and club programs. Most notably, Geoff Rathgeber ’04 qualified for the 2004 Olympic Trials immediately after graduation and finished 9th in the 200 meter individual medley at the 2008 Olympic trials after a highly decorated Harvard swimming career. Other notable alumni include:
Gordon Russell '04 -- Dartmouth
Henry Blackford '06 -- Williams
Teddy Bulakul '06 -- Johns Hopkins
Dana Drost '07 -- Wesleyan
Nate Everett '07 -- Boston University
Jack Pretto '10 -- Harvard
Nick Burford '10 -- Dartmouth
Tyler Bulakul '10 -- Amherst
Blake Ruddock '12 -- Tufts
Jack Shanley '12 -- Middlebury
Hughbo Shim '13 -- Swarthmore
Jack McCarthy '13 -- Boston College
Frankie Brown '14 -- Wesleyan