By ALEX SPONSELLER The Cranston boys and girls swim teams are looking to make some noise down the stretch of the dual meet season and a push at another division championship. The girls team, which won at divisions last season, graduated much of its core
The Cranston boys and girls swim teams are looking to make some noise down the stretch of the dual meet season and a push at another division championship.
The girls team, which won at divisions last season, graduated much of its core from 2019 but is still keeping pace with a 2-2 record. The boys’ side has grown in numbers and has jumped out to a 2-1 start, and feels that a division title may be in its future as well.
“We have a new team on the girls side this year, we lost that big group of seniors that led us to our division championship last year. Our numbers are low, we only have 12 girls, but the girls that are here have been working very hard. The boys’ numbers are bigger than normal at 18. The boys have done a good job, we have a nice mix there with a few juniors, a few sophomores and even a few freshmen. We have about six kids that are new. Things have been good so we’ll see what happens,” said East coach Bob Bouchard.
Leading the way for the boys is senior captain Bradley Procaccini, who competes in the sprint events. There is also Oscar Quester who competes in the breaststroke and the IM, junior Alfred Su in the backstroke, Aidan Carpenter in sprints, then long distance swimmer Kenny Diaz.
Leading the girls club is captains Enid Corcoran and Eden Fisher, as well as Julia Monsalve, Lily Maguire, Aislinn Baxter and freshman Nathalie Benitz.
Although the team is still developing in the water, Bouchard believes that both the boys and girls will be right in the hunt at the division championships, and will be competitive at next month’s state championship meet at Brown University.
“The boys have a chance to do well at the division meet since we have such strong numbers. The girls will be essentially swimming up a division, but we’ll see what happens,” said Bouchard. “It’s hard to tell, but I know that we’ll be in there fighting for it.”