After a fairly uneventful winter weather-wise, the Blues stormed their way through the winter months via their participation in swimming and basketball. Once again, our community is proud of the effort put forth by all student athletes and their coaches.
Coached by Doug Hagen and Susie Stritar, the Blues Coed Varsity Swim Team had a very strong season. The boys and girls brought home record-breaking heats and many 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishes! To break it down here are the numbers:
• 50 Free: 5-1st place finishes and 3-3rd place finishes
• 100 Free: 6-1st place finishes, 1-2nd place finish and 1-3rd place finish
• 200 Free: 5-1st place finishes and 1-3rd place finish
• 500 Free: 5-1st place finishes and 2-2nd place finishes
• 200 IM: 4-1st place finishes, 2-2nd place finishes and 1-3rd place finish
• 100 Fly: 6-1st place finishes (including a school record breaking win) and 3-2nd place finishes
• 100 Breast: 3-1st place finishes, 3-2nd place finishes and 1-3rd place finish
• 100 Back: 4-1st place finishes and 3, 3rd place finishes
• 400 Free Relay: 1-2nd place finish and 2-1st place finishes (including a school record breaking win—a record that has been standing since 1996)
• 200 Free Relay: 3-1st place finishes, 3-2nd place finishes and 1-3rd place finish
• 200 Medley Relay: 2-1st place finishes, 2-2nd place finishes and 1-3rd place finish
The Williams boys swim team won every event in the CISAC Championship and was part of Williams history when the race of the day (the 400 freestyle relay) broke a school record. The time was 3:31.89; the school record was 3:34.85 and was set by the swim team founders: brothers Sean '96 and Chris '99 Boyce, Marcus Simpson '96, and Niles Christopher '98. Congratulations to Will Jarrett '18, Jordan Legg '17, Cyrus D’Arcy '20, and Joe Sullivan '19 for this endeavor.
Alessandra D'Arcy '21 placed first in the 500 free at the CISAC championship. Alessandra was part of the historic day, breaking the school record in the 100 fly with a time of 1:09.11.
Over the course of the season, some student-athletes were asked to swim in events they had never swum before, and did so with flying colors. Swimmers across the board improved their times, several shaving seconds off their personal bests. Swimming is a sport decided by hundredths of a second, and our swimmers strived to improve strength and technique. Thanks to the hard work of the athletes and the coaching staff, marked improvement and stellar performances meet after meet were seen from season’s beginning to end!
• MVP: Will Jarrett '18, Jordan Legg '17, and Alessandra D'Arcy '21
• Coaches Award: Mimi Doherty '20 and Cyrus D'Arcy '20
• Most Improved: Ellie Fader '21
The boys varsity basketball team grew leaps and bounds as the season progressed. The team competes in a tough conference, and yet they did not shy away from the competition. No matter the outcome of the game, the Williams team worked hard, stuck together and did their best. The team was often led by the vocal leadership of their only senior, Eli Griswold ’17. Eli not only earned the MVP award from his coaching staff, but he was also recognized as an Honorable Mention for the SENE All League team.
- Eli was accompanied in his recognitions by teammate, Zain Alam '19. Zain was voted onto the SENE All League team and earned Defensive Player of the Year honors from his coaches.
- MVP: Eli Griswold '17
- Coaches Award: Colin Madaus '18
- Offensive Player of the Year: Nick Bonner '19
- Defensive Player of the Year: Zain Alam '19
- Most Improved: Kevin Masson '19
- SENE All League Team: Zain Alam '19
- SENE All League Team Honorable Mention: Eli Griswold '17
The boys junior varsity basketball also had a season filled with lots of growth and positives. In conjunction with the varsity team, the junior varsity mirrors the same team concepts, work ethic and goals.
- MVP: Quinn Furgueson '20
- Offensive Player of the Year: Eli Bunnell '20
- Defensive Player of the Year: Jack Yost '21
The boys middle school basketball team, coached by Mike Morgan, ended the season with a winning record. This is the future of the Williams boys varsity team and the future is bright. There is a lot of talent, heart and hustle found in the boys who comprised this year’s middle school roster.
- MVP: Alex West '21
- Offensive Player of the Year: Max Sarwar '21
- Defensive Player of the Year: Ozzie Alam '21
- Most Improved: Ozzie Alam '21
The girl’s varsity basketball team had their best season in quite some time. They finished with six wins on the season and lost by close margins in several other games. The team focused on fun throughout the year – one team get-together stands out and is worth noting: they attended a UCONN women’s basketball game in an arena suite at the Mohegan Sun (courtesy of the generosity of the team’s amazing manager, Sarah Murphy, and her parents.) It was a ton of fun to see the girls take in a collegiate game in what has proved to be a historic season for the UCONN women.
- MVP: Catherine Shannon '21
- Coaches Award: Lexi Day '20
- Offensive Player of the Year: Katia Bourganos '18
- Defensive Player of the Year: Audrey Matson '20
- Most Improved: Olivia Guinan '22 and Mary Madaus '21
- NEPSGBCA All Star Team: Katia Bourganos '18
- SENE All League Team: Katia Bourganos '18 and Catherine Shannon '21
The girls (both JV and Varsity) also raised $1300 for Childhood Cancer Awareness and Research for the winter season fundraiser. This was a rewarding experience—the girls did an amazing job and walked away from the charity week feeling as though they made a difference. This was a victory in itself.
The team’s junior captain Katia Bourganos '18 was named to the NEPSGBCA All Star team, and the coaching staff here at Williams for the girls varsity team: Head Coach, Aimee Fador; Assistant Coach, Margaret Vining, and Assistant Coach, Rob Woodhall were asked to coach this All Star game, as well. What an honor for both coaching staff and Katia to be recognized for their efforts. Katia and Catherine Shannon ’21 were also named to the SENE All League team.
The girls junior varsity basketball team, comprised of student athletes who have never played basketball before, were a shining light in the winter season. The girls remained positive as they learned things completely out of their comfort zone, and were able to show marked improvement as the season progressed.
- MVP: Lucy Fader '23
- Most Improved: Klaire Li '19
The student athletes who participated this winter season complimented the school motto of Small School, Big Impact. These teams had a huge impact on all who were honored to coach them, and brought joy to their school community. Congrats, coaches and athletes, on a wonderful winter season – we are all so very proud of you!