2016-17 men's swimming & diving outlook

2016-17 men's swimming & diving outlook

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Student-athletes who played a hand in five school records and 17 event victories last season return to the Saint Michael's College men's swimming & diving team in 2016-17, with a three-man group of senior captains leading a squad that includes six rookies, including four first-years.

COACHING STAFF
Head Coach:
Eileen Hall (7th Year)
Diving Coach: Susannah Gruner (1st Year)
Assistant Coaches: Jacob Magnan (2nd Year), Michael Sprague '12 (1st Year), Laura Matuszak (15th Year)

LAST YEAR
2015-16 Record:
1-7
2015-16 Northeast-10 Conference Championship: 7th/7

THIS YEAR
Returners:
8
Newcomers (first-years): 6 (4)

FAST FACTS
Swimmers who combined for five school records and played a hand in 17 event victories last winter return ... team features its first diver since 2014-15 ... senior class matches program's largest since 2008-09 ... 14-man squad is evenly split between seven upperclassmen and seven underclassmen ... 14 men hail from eight different states.

KEY DATES
Saint Michael's opens the season with three dual meets in 11 days, beginning by hosting Colby-Sawyer College on Saturday ... after capping the first semester by competing at the State University of New York at Potsdam's North Country Invitational on Nov. 18-19, the Purple Knights break until January, when they host three meets between Jan. 14 and 22 before visiting Saint Lawrence University on Jan. 28 for their finale ... the NE-10 Championship occurs on Feb. 16-19 at Southern Connecticut State University. For what is believed to be the first time since at least the 1980s, the team will not compete at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championship, instead focusing on peaking while concluding its season at the NE-10 Championship.

[ Glasheen, Andersen & R. Butler talk about the season ]

SENIORS (3)

  • Stephen Andersen (Concord, N.H./Concord), sprint free, fly | captain | 2 wins
  • Ryan Butler (Waltham, Mass./Waltham), sprint free | 2nd-year captain | 4 wins | brother Seamus is a sophomore on the team
  • Sean Glasheen (Lowell, Mass./Lowell), fly, IM | captain

JUNIORS (4)

  • Jake Fox (Cranston, R.I./Bishop Hendricken), breast, distance free
  • Tim Kinville (Colchester, Vt./Missisquoi Valley Union), diving | 1st year of college diving | competed in track & field at Castleton University in 2015-16
  • Michael May (Wallingford, Conn./Lyman Hall), breast, IM
  • Spencer Ralston (Hebron, Conn./Cushing Academy), distance free

SOPHOMORES (3)

  • Seamus Butler (Waltham, Mass./Waltham), sprint free, breast | 1 win | brother Ryan is a senior on the team
  • Jacob Sutton (Tyngsboro, Mass./Tyngsboro), breast | 1st year of college swimming
  • Pat Thornton (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence), mid-distance free, fly | 10 wins | 2 school records

FIRST-YEARS (4)

  • Brian Cavanaugh (Fort Mill, S.C./Fort Mill), breast, IM
  • Connor Hopkins (Windham, N.H./Windham), sprint free, back
  • Lucas Maxfield (Swanzey, N.H./Monadnock Regional), sprint free
  • Aidan Mulderrig (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side), fly, IM, distance free | brother Jack '14 was a four-year member of the program and a two-year captain