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Boys swim preview: Depth a plus for RHS

The Ridgefield High boys swim team may not have the marquee names it has had in the recent past, but the Tigers just may have more of another valuable commodity.

Numbers.

“We definitely have some good depth this season,” said Ridgefield head coach Jeff Bonaccorso. “In certain events, like the sprint freestyles and the IM (individual medley) we should be very deep.”

Ridgefield did suffer two big graduation losses with the departures of Grayson Smith (now swimming at Indiana) and Thomas Parks. Those two both scored points in two individual events at the Class LL and State Open meets and also led two relays that also contributed points. In addition, Smith won the 500-yard freestyle at the FCIAC championship.

“We are going to miss those two, no doubt about it,” said Bonaccorso, whose team opens the season today  at Norwalk. “They will be hard to replace.”

Leading the returnees is senior Chris Myers. He was 11th in the 500-yard freestyle and 19th in the 200 freestyle at last year’s Class LL meet, and then placed sixth (one spot ahead of Smith) in the 500 free at the State Open.

Also back is senior Patrick Maguire, who was 12th in the 50 freestyle and 17th in the 100 butterfly at the Class LL meet.

Joining Myers and Maguire as tri-captains is fellow senior Cal Dearth, who will swim the sprint freestyles.

The junior class includes Eric Waite, who was 15th in the 100 backstroke at the Class LL championship.

Other juniors expected to contribute are Jordan Voves (IM/butterfly/distance freestyle), Graham Bunt (breaststroke), Pat Weston (sprint freestyles) and Sean Parks (sprint freestyles).

One of the Tigers’ top swimmers should be sophomore Ben Nussbaum. As a freshman last season, Nussbaum was 13th in the 500 freestyle at the Class LL meet and 15th in the event at the State Open.

Classmate Travis Gordon also scored post-season points in 2012, finishing 17th in the 100 backstroke at the Class LL meet.

Another sophomore, Noah Scott (butterfly/backstroke) is also expected to contribute this winter.

Ridgefield should also get a boost from freshman Lexo Walker, who will focus on the sprint freestyles and the IM.

“He’s already one of the better swimmers on the team,” said Bonaccorso about Walker.

Ridgefield’s diving contingent is comprised of three newcomers: Junior Ryan Meegan, sophomore Sean Honey and freshman Aidan Walsh.

“I think we can be better than last year,” said Bonaccorso. “The core group may be young, but those swimmers have a lot of experience and talent.”

Notes: Ridgefield was seventh at both the FCIAC and Class LL meets and 11th at the State Open last season.

Maguire and Nussbaum both had sixth-place finishes in individual events at the FCIAC championship.

Ridgefield was 7-3-1 in dual meets last season.

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