Niagara Gazette — Despite its recent success, Casaro knows his team will face tough competition over its league schedule.
“Across the league, there’s a lot of good swimmers and a lot of good teams,” he explained. “It’s very competitive. Every team out there is good, and every coach out there is good.”
The Wolverines will look to rebuild this season after losing half of last year’s roster to graduation, including Austin Devlin (NU), Sam DiLaura (NU) and Kyle Daly, who are all swimming in college this year.
Highlighting the team will be senior diver Jaron Williams, who missed qualifying for states by eight points last season.
“He’s working hard at it,” coach Ed Maynard said. “He’s cleaning things up, but it’s a long season. Divers can only qualify at the NFL championship or class or sectional championships. He’s got a little while to get where he wants to be.”
Also leading the team will be senior Spencer Ventresca, who is co-captain with Williams.
“We’ve got a very young team,” Maynard said. “The average grade of our JV team is 8.4, and the average of our varsity team is 9.6. We have a lot of talent, but it’s tough when you’re swimming freshmen against seniors.
“They’ll have their time, but this year is going to be a major rebuilding year.”
The Lancers return two members of sectional relay teams in senior Collin Kemeny and junior Mitch Sembert. They also return junior diver Ryan Monteleone, who finished 11th at states last year.
“Based off the kids who graduated, he should be top 5 in the state this year,” L-P coach Josh Janese said. “The bar has been set pretty high. We’re not just focused on him making states, we’re focused on putting him in position to win states as a senior.”