Strength in numbers for Whalers swimming

Photo by Nicole Harnishfeger

Tyler Wheeler, front, and Cara Garufi lead their lanes in drills during practice.

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By Jenny Paradis
Contributing Writer


(Dec. 6, 2012) With a deeper, more-conditioned and experienced roster, Nantucket’s swimming and diving program is poised for an exciting and successful season. The Whalers open this Saturday at the Bay Colony Conference Relay Carnival at Sandwich High School. New depth to the team in the form of 14 new swimmers and divers - seven girls, seven boys - is a pote­tial game-changer for both teams, whose rosters now stand at 20 and 21, respectively.

New to each team are several experienced club-level swimmers who will join a solid veteran squad on both boys and girls teams. Head coach Jim Pignato feels he has “the most talented team thus far from the weakest to the strongest. With a 12-week season, it’s all about training versus practice.” The added numbers and experience will allow the coaching staff – Pignato and assistant coaches/fellow Whaler alums Natalie Hamblin and Connor Wallace – increased flexibility and improved strategy with the lineup. In the dual-meet format, five or six places score, so one empty lane forfeits at least one point to the other team. “It’s always our goal to fill all the lanes in every event - the easiest way not to lose points” Pignato said.

 

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