2014 Boys’ Swimming All-Scholastics

Westford’s Brian Poon won two events at the Division 1 state championship.
Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe
Westford’s Brian Poon won two events at the Division 1 state championship.

Athletes of the Year

Jason Jung

Division 1: Westford

Jung was a force this winter, helping Westford to a second-place finish at the Division 1 states. He earned state titles in the 100 (45.66) and 200 free (1.40.58) and contributed to wins in the 200 and 400 free relays.

Brian Poon

Division 1: Westford

Poon didn’t lose a race this season, capturing the Division 1 state title in the 500 free and 200 IM, as well as sectional titles in the 100 fly and 100 breast. He owns school records in nine events and hopes to continue swimming in college.

Grant Casey

Division 2: Bishop Feehan

Casey dominated the Division 2 meet, capturing state titles in both the 200 and 500 freestyle events. He also anchored the Shamrocks’ 200 medley and 400 free relay squads to top honors. He will attend Brown in the fall.


Sam Cekala

Weston, senior


Cekala closed out a stellar career by winning the Division 2 state title in the 50 free, his third career state title. the four-time Dual County League All-Star will attend Rochester.

Gabriel Bamforth

Cambridge, diving

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Bamforth blew away the competition at the Division 1 state diving event, earning 510 points en route to taking the top honors. The junior also earned a first-place finish at the North Sectional championships.

Christian Kinnon

Mystic Valley, 100 breaststroke

Kinnon opened some eyes by earning the MIAA Division 2 state championship in the 100 breaststroke, turning in a time of 58.86. He was second in the 50 freestyle in 21.98, finishing just four-hundredths of a second off the pace.

Reece Donahue

Hopkinton, sophomore

Donahue dominated the Tri-Valley League, going undefeated in league diving competition. He followed that with a strong second-place finish at sectionals before putting it all together in the Division 2 state meet and capturing the state title.

Sam Haines

Berwick, senior

Haines finished his career with an undefeated season. Haines holds five Berwick records, four EIL records, and two New England Prep School marks. Haines was team captain his final two seasons. He also ran cross-country and was a member of the National Honor Society.

Jack Koravos

Westford, sophomore


Koravos piled up the honors at the Division 1 states, winning the 100 butterfly in 51.25 and also contributing to wins in both relays. He also finished second in the 50 free. The high honor student is also a DCL all-star in golf.

Corben Miles

Acton-Boxborough, freshman

Miles burst onto the scene, setting a Division 1 meet record in the 50 freestyle, winning in 21.12. He was ranked sixth nationally and earned All-American consideration. His efforts helped A-B to a fifth-place finish at states.

Alessandro Rastelli

Norwell, sophomore

Rastelli earned a pair of podium finishes at the Division 2 state meet, capturing first in the 100 free in 48.30 and taking third in the 50 free. A Bay State Games champion in the 100 butterfly, Rastelli hopes to swim at a Division 1 college.

Alex Swaim

St. John’s Prep, senior, 200 Free Relay/100 fly

Swaim capped a remarkable career by winning his second straight Division 1 state title in the 100 butterfly while helping lift the Eagles to their ninth straight state title. He added a runner-up finish in the 100 backstroke.

Joseph Turk

St. John’s Prep, sophomore

Turk had a strong season that was capped by a win in the 100 backstroke at the state meet while helping the Eagles to another state team title. He was also the North Sectional champ in the 200 IM.


200 freestyle



After finishing second the St. John’s Prep in the sectionals, Westford put together a talented foursome that was able to best the Eagles for the state championship while setting a meet record in 1:26.04. Jung opened the race with the best opening split by almost half a second. Koravos added a full second to the lead in the second leg. Jiang kept the lead in the third leg and Poon anchored things for the Grey Ghosts, turning in the best anchor time of 21.50 to clinch the race.

200 medley

St. John’s Prep

Gunning for their ninth straight state title, the Eagles wanted to open the Division 1 meet with a big statement and they did just that in winning the 200 medley relay. Swaim opened by swimming a 23.69 split, two seconds faster than anyone else. Gillie maintained the lead in the second leg before handing it to Turk, who swam a blistering 22.72 to open up the lead. Petrozza swam anchor, turning in the fastest split of the race in 21.25 to seal the win.

400 freestyle


Having already set one meet record in the relays, the Grey Ghosts got another in the 400 free, finishing in 3:08.24 to best St. John’s by more than two seconds. Jung got out to an early lead with a 45.84 split, the fastest of the event. Koravos and Pilachowski kept the lead for Poon, who finished with the second-fastest split of the race.

Coaches of the Year

Brian Burke

Division 2: Bridgewater-Raynham

In his fifth season, Burke led Bridgewater-Raynham to its first Bay Colony Conference championship and an 11-0 dual-meet record. The Trojans also finished fifth at the South Sectionals. A 2002 graduate of Middleboro High, he competes in triathlons in his spare time.

Kaitlyn McDonough

Division 2: Hingham

In her eighth season, McDonough guided the Harbormen to a 10-1 dual-meet record that included a third-place finish at South/Central Sectionals and a fourth-place finish at Division 2 states. She also coaches the girls’ team at Hingham.


Bay State — Brookline: Daniel Katz, Nathan Katz, Michael Levin, Ben Pollak, Kia Shahbazi, Franklin Yeo. Framingham: Tomer Artzi, Benjamin Cohen, Hunter Olson, Matthew Peck, Kevin Silva. Natick: Evan Thom. Needham: Richard Arvrutsky, James Austin, Thomas Lively, Brendan Timmerman. Newton North: Bowen He. Wellesley: Brendan Connors.

Catholic Conference — BC High: Mark Mueller, Austin Ramsay. Catholic Memorial: Christopher Lee. St. John’s Prep: Jake Bennett, Andrew Gillie, Alex Glidden, Trevor Gowdy, Sean Janko, Jason Niness, Kent Parsons, Anthony Petrozza, Ryan Powers, Jake Rhodes, Ryan Sheehy, Nick Sionkiewisz, Alex Swaim, Joseph Turk, Michael Xanakis. Xaverian: Cole Buckovich, Aaron Portanova.

Dual County — Acton-Boxborough: David Chen, Andrew Dai, Eric Feirouz, Matt Larson, Corben Miles, Corbin Miles. Boston Latin: Thomas Worthy. Concord-Carlisle: Jason Boisvert, Robbie Bradford, Tim O’Brien, Joel Sibley, Isaac Xia. Lincoln-Sudbury: Ricky Billig, Tom Edwards, Chris Wilkinis, Nick Wilkinis. Newton South: Ryan Spatz. Wayland: Alex Chused. Westford: Henry Jiang, Jason Jung, Zach Kettering, Jack Koravos, Chris Pandiscio, Kyle Pilachowski, Brian Poon, Jeffrey Yao, Justin Yao. Weston: Sean Burrow, Sam Cekala, Austin Critchlow, Nick Diebold.

EIL — Berwick: Gage Anderson, Thomas Anderson, Alex Bouvier, Aaron Fleisher, Sam Haines, Jake Horne, Drew MacDonald, Teddy Vatcher. Landmark: Zach Moyse. Portsmouth Abbey: Jeremy Slupski, Tim Tsung.

Hockomock — Attleboro: Dylon Willis. King Philip: Michael Choate, Alex DiGiacomo, Chris DiGiacomo, Jack Poppenberger, Luke Sprague, Matt Vieira, Dillan Whyte. Mansfield: Jake Gabrilowitz, Jack Garr, Austin McGowan, Jack Zimmerman. Milford: Nicholas Antonellis, Nolan Hobart, Michael Mason, Nick Monica, Joshua Stiles. North Attleborough: Victor Cai, Jonny Cummings. Oliver Ames: Zach Vogel. Sharon: Ben Mo. Stoughton: Hunter Goodrich. Taunton: Dylan Schrama.

Middlesex — Belmont: Andrew Kelley. Burlington: Ben Aulenback. Lexington: Christian Herlihy, Dave Ikezu, Nick Kaashoek, Henry Li, Matt Li, Ben Mock, Sharvaj Phene, Chris Smith, Zach Tandara-Kuhns, Ethan Wang. Melrose: Joe Connolly, Ben Fiesel. Reading: Nick Bonnabeau, Nick Rainville, Ryan Schott, James Son, Nic Stevens, Conner Traugot. Winchester: Josh DiNardo, Jay Ryan.

Patriot — Duxbury: Kevin Coghlan, Nat Davenport, Brad Marcotte, Mike O’Neal. Hingham: Graham Barrett, Max Gates, Graham Gilmore, Colin Loughlin, Henry Mooers. Middleborough: Brandon Jackson. Pembroke: Andrew Salas, Daniel Sheehan. North Quincy: Randall Kwong, Tommy Zhong Quincy: , Thomas Tran. Scituate: Jackson Schwarz, Dean Walter. Silver Lake: Zach Munro.

Southern — Bishop Feehan: Grant Casey. Brockton: Adam Alvarez, Cameron Harris, Cameron Hylton, Joe Vacarro. Durfee: Kory Belden, John Cipollini, Tyler Lamar, Tom Martin, Chase Mercer, Devin Pinault, Jared Souza. New Bedford: Isaiah Almonte, Javier Anita Morales, Kincaid Britte, Carlos Cortez, Paul Finneran, Zachary Sousa, Brianner Vieira, Maurice White.

Tri-Valley — Hopkinton: Reece Donahue.