Meet the standout performers who earned All-Scholastic honors for their work this winter:
SWIMMERS OF THE YEAR
Peter Fallon, St. John’s Prep, Senior
State titles and St. John’s have become synonymous, and Fallon kept the tradition alive. He won the 200 (1:44.07) and the 500 freestyle (4:41.94) at the North Sectionals after winning Catholic Conference MVP honors. He will swim at the University of Denver next fall.
Sean O’Brien, Concord-Carlisle, Senior
The most accomplished diver in state history, O’Brien had another record-breaking season. He broke the Dual County League, North Sectional, Division 2 state, and overall MIAA record with a 704 at the North Sectionals. Unbeaten in three years, he is a two-time All-American who will attend Texas.
Drew Andre, Concord-Carlisle, Senior
Andre won three state titles for the Patriots this winter, helping his team to a second-place team finish. He won the 50 free (21.40) and 100 Free (46.33) individually while swimming the anchor of the 200 free relay team. An honor roll student, he will attend Connecticut College.
Aaron Athenas, St. John’s Prep, Senior
Athanas earned All-American consideration for his championship winning time of 51.51 in the 100 backstroke which he captured for the second straight year. He helped the Prep go 80-0 in his four seasons with four straight state titles. He also plays water polo, and will attend Dartmouth in the fall.
Kevin Bradley, Milford, Junior
Bradley won a pair of Division 2 state titles in the 200 IM (1:54.58) and the 100 butterfly (51.62). He also won a sectional title in the 500 free (4:44.32) as well as the 200 IM. For his career he has four state titles and six sectional crowns. He heads to his senior season holding eight individual school records.
Ryan Fortin, St. John’s Prep, Senior
Fortin’s 1:53.27 state championship winning time in the 200 IM was good for All-American honors. He also earned All-American honors in the 200 breaststroke and 200 medley relay. A a member of the state champion water polo team, the national honor society student will attend Harvard.
Aaron Gustafson, King Philip, Senior
Gustafson earned All-American honors in the 100 backstroke, capturing the Division 2 state title in a meet-record time of 49.24. He also received All-American consideration for his second-place time in the 50 free (21.46), and helped the Warriors to a runner-up finish in the 200 medley relay. He will attend Texas in the fall.
Connor Haley, Medfield, Junior
Haley overcame a third-place finish at South Sectionals to win the Division 2 state championship in the 500 free in a time of 4:41.82. He also finished fourth in the 100 butterfly in 52.37. He enjoyed an undefeated regular season while setting three Tri-Valley League records.
Max Kearns, Bishop Stang, Senior
After finishing second in the South Sectionals, Kearns saved his best for the state championship, winning the Division 2 100 breaststroke in 59.19. He also helped the 200 free relay team to a third-place finish at states. He hopes to attend Tufts.
Sam Mackie, Lincoln-Sudbury, Senior
Mackie was the Division 1 state champ in the 100 breaststroke, winning in 57.36, which netted All-American consideration. A three-time DCL champion, he holds the league record in the event. Has also twice qualified for the USA Junior Nationals, finishing seventh last year. He will attend Bucknell.
Tommy Peacher, Weston, Junior
Peacher helped lead Weston to an undefeated dual-meet season and the Division 2 state championship. He was the state champ in the 200 freestyle for the second straight season with a time of 1:43.07. The Dual County League All-Star is also a national honor society member.
Daniel Pires, Chelmsford, Junior
The Division 1 state diving champion, Pires cruised to the title with a score of 486.05, besting his next closest competitor by more than 100 points. The North sectional runner-up and MVC champion is a national honor society member and a part of the Zap AAU diving team.
Brian Poon, Westford, Freshman
A bright future certainly lies ahead, but Poon is already pretty accomplished as a freshman. He won the 100 butterfly state title after finishing second at sectionals. He won the sectional title in the 200 IM and finished second at states. He also won the DCL title in the 100 backstroke.
200 freestyle, Concord-Carlisle
The quartet of Trevor Castrichini, Drew Andre, Oliver Ward, and Sebastian Key pulled the upset in the Division 2 state finals over eventual team champion Weston, winning in 1:27.43. Castrichini set the pace with a 22.13 opening leg, while Key held off a furious charge from Weston in the third leg and Drew closed things out. Only Ward will be back next year.
200 medley, St. John’s Prep
Not as individually accomplished as the 400 free team, this talented group cruised to an easy win in the Division 1 meet in 1:34.46. At the states, Aaron Athanas and Ryan Fortin swam the first two legs, while Alex Swaim, the lone underclassman, went third. UMass-bound John Bateman swam the anchor leg in the states, subbing for Brendan Sweeney, who swam anchor for the team’s sectional triumph as well as helping the 200 free relay team win a state title.
400 freestyle, St. John’s Prep
This group - Aaron Athanas, John Bateman, Peter Fallon, and Ryan Fortin - won the state title in 3:12.05 after capturing the North Sectional title in 3:11.15. In the states, Fallon took the lead on the third leg and Fortin finished off the win. All four seniors are headed to Division 1 schools for swimming.
COACHES OF THE YEAR
Tony Padvaiskas, St. John’s Prep
No stranger to success, Padvaiskas should always have a towel handy at the state championships because for seven straight years he’s received the celebratory toss in the pool. Posting a 128-10 career record, this year’s senior class completed an 80-0 run. He also coaches water polo.
Claude Valle, Weston
Pulling double duty coaching the girls and boys, Valle has built a powerhouse. On the boys’ side, he led Weston to a 14-0 season and a Division 2 state title. A Weston and Northeastern graduate, he credits a great group of assistant coaches for helping the team reach its goals.
Bay Colony — Barnstable: Ben Bancroft, Alex Damiecki, Colin Meade, James Stergis-Cox. Bridgewater-Raynham: Anthony Chaves, Kevin Curley. Coyle & Cassidy: Matt Houghton. Nantucket: Tyler Aguiar, Jack Decker. Nauset: Emmett Draz, Hunter Finch, Jake Lowey, Daniel MacVeigh-Fierro. Sacred Heart: Tom Griffin, Jay Meyer, Sean O’Donnell. Sandwich: Grady Bergin, Kellen Comer, Nick Crossman, Brian Cundiff, Tom Cundiff, Brian Hann, Trey Kamb, Sam Scott, Alex Simpson, Mo Sykes.
Bay State — Brookline: Zack Albert, J.D. Nurme, Kyle Swardstrom. Framingham: Nate Courville, Josh Herzberg, Tim Long, Hunter Olson, Ryan Weeks. Natick: Doug Dube, Mariano Restivo-Lage, Ethan Ziegler. Needham: Stephen Keeler, Ryan Schott, Jason Shiuan, Nathaniel Smith, Alex Treil, Teddy Tsavdariedes, James Yi. Newton North: Ryan Chan. Wellesley: Andrew Gartley.
Catholic Conference — BC High: Ricky Churchill, Tyler Lueck, Aaron Parry, Ned Ramsey, Keon Songui-Samuel. Catholic Memorial: Christopher Lee. St. John’s (Shrewsbury): Peter DelMastro, Ritchie Smith, Eric Sollway. St. John’s Prep: Aaron Athenas, John Bateman, Jake Bennett, Peter Fallon, Ryan Fortin, Alex Glidden, Cole Malatesta, Kyle Murphy, Kent Parsons, Anthony Petrozza, Jennings Soccorso-McCoy, Alex Swaim, Brendan Sweeney, Conor Sweeney. Xaverian: Jules Murphy.
Dual County — Acton-Boxborough: Eric Feirouz, Jacob Laufer, Matt Phillips, Cam Robertson, Andrew Wen. Bedford: Patrick Frazier. Boston Latin: George Lok. Concord-Carlisle: Drew Andre, Trevor Castrichini, Cody Fitzgerald, Sebastian Key, Nick Luther, Sean O’Brien, Oliver Ward. Lincoln-Sudbury: Taylor Brown, Tom Edwards, Ryan Flemming, Bryan Johnson, Sam Mackie, Joey Murello, Chris Wilkins. Newton South: Ellen Barrett, Ben Eisenberg, Ryan Spatz. Wayland: Doug Curtin, Mark Karlson, Molly Pierce. Westford: Charlie Goodwin, Brian Poon. Weston: Ryan Burrow, Sam Cekala, Tommy Fitzgerald, Tyler Lewtan, Jamie Packs, Tommy Peacher.
Hockomock — Attleboro: Robb Braza, Zach Welch, Owen Wright. Canton: Scott Buresh, James Frazier. King Philip: Chris DiGiacomo, Aaron Gustafson, Ryan Palmer, Kyle Vieira, Dustin Whyte. Mansfield: Matt Nugent. North Attleborough: Ryan Boraski, Ben Hargrave, Steve Hausmann, Drew Wentworth. Oliver Ames: Matt Bates, Harris Brenner, Chris Lockwood. Sharon: Jon Dunlap, Mike Shanz. Stoughton: Hunter Goodrich, Marc Romano.
Merrimack Valley — Andover: Vince Camin, David Hunter, David Iannalfo, Eric Zhao. Central Catholic: David Kitchen, Daniel Lefebvre. Chelmsford: Kyle Chagnon, Chris Danieli, Andrew Majeski, Daniel Pires, Shane Sullivan. Lowell: Eric Finn, Kevin King, Max Meehan, Patrick Sullivan.
Middlesex — Lexington: Jon Bristow, Dan Glyzer, Dave Ikezu, Brian Jin, Ben Mock, Casey Patch, Hao Shen, Chris Smith. Reading: Connor Daley, Jared Fredette, Kyle Lepore, Scott McGinty, John O’Donnell, Chet Stevens, Nic Stevens, Conner Traugot, Parker Traugot. Winchester: Ricky Cui, Josh Dinardo, Dale Gable, Christian MacDonald, Brian Reid.
NEPSAC — Berwick: Gage Anderson, William Reis. Dover-Sherborn: Stephen Mayfield. Franklin: Austen Sholudko. Landmark: Jake Elliot. Pingree: Nick Sweetser.
Southern — Bishop Stang: Max Kearns. Brockton: Carlos Carmona, Cameron Harris, David Hennis, Alex McAvoy, Antonio Monteiro, Aaron Stande. Durfee: Bobbyj Asprinio, Kory Belden, Nolan Burns, Aaron Dern, Andrew Nadeau, Brandon Pankowski, Andre Reis, Hayden Tavares. Milford: Kevin Bradley. New Bedford: Nathan Bates, Jacob Benoit, Isaac Camara, Eric Franco, Zachary Sousa, Joshua Tavares.
Tri-Valley — Holliston: Teddy Flynn. Hopkinton: Alex Carbone, Spence Franklin, John Lagasse, Kevin Lagasse, Paul Lagasse, John Nadeau, Patrick Reimonn, Tom Reimonn, Jeff Wagner. Medfield: Alex Carpino, Conor Davis, Connor Haley, Alec Hayley, Connor Hayley. Norton: David Aranjo