Amity swimming and diving using senior presence, depth to carry forward against strong SCC competition

Amity’s Katie O’Connor, Taylor Dillon, Julia Snow and Lauren Sender are swim and dive team captains for coach Todd Rainey.

Amity’s Katie O’Connor, Taylor Dillon, Julia Snow and Lauren Sender are swim and dive team captains for coach Todd Rainey.

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Senior leadership and balance in the lineup are linchpins for Amity’s girls swimming and diving team.

“I believe that our team will go as far as the seniors lead them, and I couldn’t be happier with the group we have this year,” coach Todd Rainey said. “We also have quality depth in almost every event.”

Amity placed third in the 2020 SCC championships that combined top performers from all the divisional meets. Katie O’Connor, Grace Mahon and the 200 freestyle relay of O’Connor, Paige Boguniecki, Julia Snow and Emma Tirollo earned All-SCC honors.

“Julia Snow, one of our four captains, heads up a solid group of senior freestylers that includes Jayne Whitman, captain Taylor Dillon and Hannah Johnson,” Rainey said. “Captain Lauren Sender is an outstanding sprint freestyler and backstroker. Mandy Robinson returns for a fourth season to score points in the breaststroke and IM events. Captain Katie O’Connor is one of the top butterflyers in the state and she is equally adept at the 50 free.”

After a year when remote virtual meets dominated, Rainey welcomes the return to head-to-head competition.

“Our team is grateful for what we hope be a return to more normality,” he said. “The girls are happy being able to compete with live competition. While we are still taking precautions regarding social distancing and mask wearing, there is a more relaxed feeling at practice this season.”

Mahon, Isabel Barry-Ruiz (free and back), Riya Bonde (free and back), Grace Carrington (free) and Sophia McDermott (500 free and breaststroke) as well as divers Matia Malish and Caitlyn Smith lead the junior class.

“We have 10 sophomores who look to build on the potential they showed last season,” Rainey said of backstroker Lizzie Bodie, sprinter Boguniecki, divers Gia Coppola and Lily Demaio, along with freestylers Adriana Giachino, Jenna Kaiser, Bridget Morrison, Dana Pletter, Caroline Scott and Caroline Tirollo.

A promising freshman class includes divers Hannah Guo and Lily Quill, breaststrokers Maria Li and Sophia Messina, Amanda Ford and Taylor Leapley and free-back swimmers Lucy McDermott, Olivia Perkowski and Molly Womer.

Rainey said: “A big change for us this season is the addition of diving coach Amanda Craig, who had a good deal of success diving at UConn. She replaces her former coach Jeff Syrop, who stepped down after a long and illustrious career that saw, besides Amanda, many all-state and all-conference divers.” Twitter: @blox354