2016-17 All-Herald Boys Swimming Team: Pool was filled with area talent

Published on Sunday, 16 April 2017 16:53
Written by DAVID GLOVACH

STAFF WRITER

The 2017 All-Herald Boys Swimming Team composes not only some of the best swimmers in the area, but in the state. Whether they were sprinters, middle-distance swimmers or long distance, the six members of this team certainly left their marks on their programs.

Newington’s Michael Allo put together a dominant senior season to earn a spot on this team and collected his third consecutive all-conference honor. Allo took home the CCC title in the 100 breaststroke and was the runner-up in the 200 IM. When it came to the Class L state finals, he placed 10th in the 200 IM and 11th in the 100 breaststroke. Allo also helped the 200 medley relay finish ninth and the 400 freestyle relay take 12th. As for the next level, he is currently being recruited by Barten College in North Carolina.

Kevin Klotz makes our All-Herald team for the fourth straight year, continuing the tradition of a strong Berlin swim program. The senior finished out his Redcoats career with a number of accolades, being named all-conference in three different events - the 100 backstroke, the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay. Individually, Klotz took eighth in the 100 butterfly and sixth in the 200 IM in the Class M meet. He will be off to Trinity College to swim next year.

His teammate, Tommy Wejda, also had a strong season and was selected all-conference in three events in the previously mentioned relay teams as well as the 50 freestyle. He placed fourth in the 50 free and seventh in the 100 backstroke at the Class M meet individually and helped the relay teams make their way to the State Open.

Wejda will attend Boston University in the fall as a member of the swim team.

Southington also had a number of strong swimmers this season and places two on the All-Herald team.

Zack Blake is another swimmer appearing on our team once again. The senior placed 12th in the 100 freestyle and 18th in the 50 freestyle at the Class LL meet, with times of 50.09 and 22.91. These performances not only helped the Blue Knights finish the season undefeated at 11-0 along the way, but earned him an all-conference selection as well. Blake was also part of three relay teams that placed in the top 11 at states. He will certainly be missed next season.

PJ Ramsey is the second Blue Knight to make the team. Like his teammate, Ramsey placed twice at the Class LL meet, where he took 12th in the 100 butterfly with a time of 55.02 and 20th overall in the 50 freestyle, where he was just edged out by Blake after a time of 23.04. The senior was also part of the 200 freestyle relay team, which finished 16th at the State Open.

Plainville’s Taegan Brochu is the final member of this year’s All-Herald Boys Swim Team. The junior was one of the most improved swimmers over the season and was constantly highlighted by head coach Chris Zagorski in what was supposed to be a rebuilding season for the Devils. Brochu rewarded his head coach by consistently lowering his time in the pool and placed 16th in Class S in the 100 butterfly and helped the 200 free and medley relay teams place in the top 20.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, General Sports, Newington, Plainville, Southington on Sunday, 16 April 2017 16:53. Updated: Sunday, 16 April 2017 16:56.