Last year, Shelton High School\u2019s girls swimming and diving team experienced significant success: an 11-2 record and Southern Connecticut Conference Division II championship. The team\u2019s reward this fall? The Gaelettes have been bumped up to the SCC Division I level. \u201cIt\u2019s going to be a challenge,\u201d said coach Tom Jurzynski, adding \u201cwe should be competitive.\u201d Jurzynski anticipates being a top-five team in the conference championships, viewing Cheshire, Lauralton Hall of Milford and Amity of Woodbridge as top contenders, and looking for his squad to be competitive with the likes of Daniel Hand of Madison, North Haven and Branford. \u201cWe have to be on top of our game every meet now,\u201d said Jurzynski, adding that his lineup is excited for the challenge and he is enthusiastic about how the team members will respond. \u201cI\u2019m really looking forward to it. These girls really did a great job last year. They\u2019re not intimidated by anything. They know what they\u2019re getting into. They\u2019re definitely going to go after it.\u201d \u201cEverybody just kept getting faster as the season went along,\u201d added Jurzynski, who is expecting more of the same this go around. The Gaelettes lost five team members to graduation last year, but return a solid group of hard-working athletes, and the roster is deep in terms of both numbers \u2014 the roster of 28 represents the largest Jurzynski has had in three years running the squad \u2014 as well as in terms of ability across the board. \u201cTop to bottom this is the best team I\u2019ve ever had,\u201d the coach said. Captains are butterfly and distance freestyle swimmer Katie Barber and breaststroke and distance free competitor Jade Serrano. \u201cI think we\u2019re capable of doing a lot. I\u2019m so proud of everybody,\u201d Barber said. Others whom Jurzynski expects big things from are distance free swimmer\/backstroker Alyssa Bretan, and sprint freestylers Louise Kim, Emma Parkes, Simona Visinski and Caitlin McGuire. The Gaelettes sent four swimmers to the State Open last year, and the coach is hopeful of sending more this fall. Kim qualified in the 50-yard freestyle event, as well as part of the 200 free relay contingent of Parkes, Bretan and McGuire. \u201cThere\u2019s definitely going to be more pressure this year,\u201d Serrano said. \u201cI think our biggest advantage is the amount of heart we have and how hard everyone\u2019s willing to work.\u201d That includes the newcomers, who are showing plenty of promise, Jurzynski and the upperclassmen believe. \u201cIt will be exciting to see, once they have that competitive edge, how far they\u2019re willing to take it,\u201d Serrano said.