By Miriam Gabay ‘15
With eight new swimmers and a record of 2-0-1, the boys’ swim team started their season off with a splash. Breezing through their first meet against High School of Telecommunications, the boys prepared for their second meet against Fort Hamilton, one of the toughest teams in the Brooklyn division. Since Fort Hamilton destroyed the Hornets by 21 points last year, the boys knew they needed to step their game up.
“Every year we try to look to win the division,” said Coach Leonard M. DeVirgilio. “We know there is always a major competition for us at Fort.”
After the diving, Fort Hamilton was in the lead by six points. After an impeccable attempt to overthrow their lead, the boys gathered all their strength and evened the score. Winning second and third place in the 400 freestyle relay, the boys ended the meet with a tie of 51-51.
“We have eight new swimmers this year and each and every one of them is dedicated and committed to the sport,” said Captain Richard Oletsky ‘15. “I am highly proud of them and hope they continue their fine job.”
After tying an exhausting yet exhilarating meet against Fort Hamilton, the Hornets gained an easy victory against Medgar Evers High School, with a final score of 41-18.
“I don’t really plan on beating powerhouse teams like Brooklyn Tech or Stuyvesant, but I hope to take the season one meet at a time, focusing especially on the meet against Madison at the Battle of Bedford,” said Captain Matthew Pero ‘16.
One of the most important meets of the boys’ season is the Battle of Bedford that takes place at Madison and will occur on January 6. Every year each team puts its best lineup forward and hopes to claim the title of being champion of the Battle of Bedford. Last year, the teams even made a bowl trophy that was presented to the winner. The Midwood Hornets defeated Madison last year with a score of 48-46, remaining victors for the fourteenth year in a row. Veterans and rookies are all training hard for this meet and are striving for their best times to be achieved at this meet.
“Swimmers like Nicholas Konovalov are going to be very interesting to watch because he has been an all-state swimmer for two years now,” said Coach DeVirgilio.
These past three meets have given veterans a chance to go out of their comfort zones and swim in events they usually haven’t participated in. Richard Oletsky ‘15, usually swimming the 500 freestyle, swam a non-disappointing 1 minute, 11.10 seconds in the 100 butterfly.
Veterans also received a chance to show how much they have improved over the past year. Robert Wisniewski ‘17 showed a pleasing result in the 500 freestyle. Wisniewski, in only his second year of being a Hornet, finished in second place against Fort Hamilton with a time of 6 minutes, 1.34 seconds, smashing his previous record by almost 42 seconds.
Rookies such as Bryan Roytman ‘18 and Robert Kosinski ‘16 were also given the chance to show what they caould do in the pool. Having the rest of the season to look forward to, awaiting tough meets against Madison and Brooklyn Tech, the boys hope they will prosper and achieve their goals.