Foran closing in on goal
The Foran High boys swim team came into the season in a rebuilding mode after graduating two-time All-State, school record-holder and three-time state finalist Rich Enders.
But the Lions have progressed rapidly, earning a hard-fought 92-79 win over North Haven and last week going down to the wire before dropping a 91-89 decision to Daniel Hand of Madison in a meet decided in the final relay.
“We are currently at 2-5, but I’m looking for us to finish the dual meet season with a .500 record. That would be an improvement over last year’s 4-8 record,” Foran coach Kristin Skuches said.
“We had a tremendous drop in times in our last meet against Daniel Hand. It came down to the final event and we fell short by two points.
“But that is a clear indication of how much we have improved since the season started and I think our team goal of a .500 record is a very realistic goal at this point in the season.”
Foran is led by senior team captains Adam LaRocca, a state qualifier in the 500 freestyle and an SCC finalist, and Pat Williams, a solid backstroker and a sprint freestyler.
The duo played an integral role in leading the Lions in the win over North Haven. LaRocca swam to victory in the 500 freestyle, posting a time of 5:44.93, and Williams out distanced the field in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:10.48. Matt Tylutki raced to victory in the 50 freestyle, putting up a time of 26.10, and Claire Marler captured the diving competition with a total score of 153.90.
Foran secured the win over the Indians by winning the 200 medley relay with the foursome of Eric Hammer, Drew Corsi, LaRocca and Tylutki coming in with a time of 1:56.94.
The team of Tyler Shaw, James Coon, Conor Quinn and Sam Olsson swam to victory in the 200 freestyle relay with an effort of 1:48.92.
Seniors Joe Mixie and Ethan Pierson have teamed up with juniors Shaw, Olsson and Marler to provide leadership.
The upperclassman are providing excellent performances in their respective events,” Skuches said. “Our diver, Marler, is new to the team and has been giving us solid numbers helping us to stay competitive.
“As sophomores, Tylutki and Hammer have been solid contributors and Ryan Harrington, a mid-distance swimmer, has made huge improvements.”