Boys swimming: Shelton short on numbers, not on talent

With only 16 rostered team members, the Shelton High boys swim team lacks the depth that many opposing schools possess, especially given Shelton is bumping up from Class L to Class LL this winter.

But make no mistake about it, the Gaels, who finished 10th in last year’s Class L state championship meet and eighth in the Southern Connecticut Conference, are looking to be push the opposition once again.

Shelton will have voids to fill left by graduates Reid Chavez, Marc Maleri, Jack Marciano and Andres Garrido, but talent is back in the pool.

Senior captains are Matt Richard (sprints), Adam Kryzwosz (distance) and Rajan Caccam (backstroke).

Other key swimmers in the mix are juniors Matt Cristiano (individual medley, breaststroke) and Matt Balcerzak (sprints); sophomores Korey Barber (butterfly, distance freestyle) and Carson Rhodes (breaststroke); and freshman Jai Goel (distance).

In addition to facing some bigger lineups, the Gaels will take on some strong ones in and out of the conference.

“We have a tough schedule,” Shelton coach Tom Jurzynski said. “The SCC is always tough with teams like Fairfield Prep and Cheshire. We are looking forward to our non-league meets with Seymour and Masuk. They are traditionally very competitive and tough meets.

“We have a talented group who works hard. We aren’t very deep with 16 swimmers, but we have talent and should stay competitive in most of the meets.

“Our goals are always to be in the top ten in both the SCC and state class meets. Another goal for this season is to get a relay to the State Open.

“It’s going to take a lot of hard work and everyone buying in to what we are doing. We had a good first week of training and I’m looking forward to that continuing. We have some new faces that we will be inserting in places. It’s going to be a fun challenge this season.”