Boys Swimming Ready to Dive Back In

After nearly two years without interscholastic competition, the boys varsity swimming and diving team is looking forward to getting back up on the blocks this year.

“More than anything, we are just excited to get racing again,” said head coach Keith Moon of his squad, which last competed with other swimmers in the pool in March of 2020. “We’re itching to get started. We want to feel that energy of actually racing again.”

This year, the team has the potential to excel in events like the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle, and the 200-yard individual medley, said Moon. With the graduation of standout sprinters Jeffrey Lim ’21, Royce Shey ’21, and William Wildish ’21, the strength of the team is shifting to these longer events, he said.

Moon mentioned no fewer than eight swimmers – co-captain Rahul Kalavagunta ’22, Zach Scrima ’22, Ryan Tse ’23, James Yae ’23, Eric Preisig ’23, Daniel Li ’24, Oliver Johnson ’25, and Brayden Kavanagh ’25 – as being Bearcats to watch in these events this year.

Co-captain Carter Levine ’22 should also perform well in other strokes, including backstroke and breaststroke, and he and Nolan Jennings ’24 will lead the team in diving.

Although the team has gone a long stretch without competing, they have had a chance to continue training with the addition of the fall concentration for swimmers. “We’re in pretty good shape,” said Kalavagunta. “We structure our schedule and intensity so that everyone on the team can swim faster than they ever had at the end of the season.”

Kalavagunta echoed Moon’s comments about the team’s depth, and praised his teammates for their work ethic. “Everyone seems really determined to put forth their best effort, which is the most important factor of growth in swimming,” he said.

He and Levine will work this season as captains to help keep the team together and motivated through what is always an arduous season.

“When I was starting at Hotchkiss, my captains on the team [Wildish and Leo Poggi ‘20] were instrumental in making me feel like I belonged in the community – the team became almost a second family to me,” he said. “As captain now, I do my best to maintain that sense of community with the team outside of practice.”

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