Boys swim: Foran Lions doing more with less

“Small in size — big in heart.” That’s the motto that the 11-man Foran High swim team has taken on this winter as it battles squads with sometimes significantly larger rosters. The heart has been big enough to help carry the Lions to a winning record this campaign.

Foran found itself in a rare situation of having a larger lineup than its opponent when the Lions traveled to Stratford’s Flood Middle School and defeated the seven-man Bunnell-Stratford co-op lineup 70-47.

With the victory, the Lions improved to 7-5 overall with just one regular-season meet remaining before the postseason.

In the meet against Bunnell-Stratford, coach Kristin Skuches’ Lions exhibitioned certain events. Foran recorded fastest times in all but one event in which the team competed.

Individual standouts included Sean Morton winning the 200 yard freestyle event in a time of 2:01.35, Drew Corsi with the fastest time in the 200 individual medley (2:17.59), Conor Quinn sprinting to first place in the 50 free in 24.90, Ethan Skuches with the best time in the 100 butterfly (1:05.89), Corsi winning the 100 free in 54.49, Quinn with the fastest time in the 100 backstroke (1:04.48), and Skuches with the best time in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.97).

The 200 medley relay team of Quinn, Skuches, Max Mauro and Corsi placed first in 2:02.14.

The 200 free relay of Skuches, Morton, Quinn and Corsi won in a time of 1:41.94.

The 400 relay of Brendon Riggott, Alex Lorenzo, Mauro and Morton was first in 4:13.80.

“A half-dozen of the team members are seniors and underclassmen are really helping us pave the way this year,” coach Skuches said.

The roster includes freshman Kevin Preneta, and sophomores Morton, Lorenzo, Riggott and Skuches. Corsi is a senior, as are Quinn, James Coon, Nathan Corpus, Mauro and Samuel Wrobel.

“Sometimes it’s hard to come up with a lineup when you have a small team like this,” the coach said. “These kids have stepped up to learning events. It’s definitely a team effort.”

“It’s fun, it’s challenging,” Coon said of participating in a variety of events, who added that posting a winning mark is an impressive feat given the lack of depth the Lions possess. “To go positive this year I think is great,” he said.