Swimming strong at States

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams competed at the Maine State Swimming and Diving Meet on Saturday at Bowdoin College.  While there was no official team scoring in Brunswick, both teams competed admirably and clocked impressive individual times. 

On the men’s side, Joe Paluso ’19 finished with top ten times in three different races.  He finished fourth in the 200m freestyle with a time of 1. 47.98 seconds, sixth in the 1650m freestyle, and seventh in the 500m freestyle. John Blackburn ’17 and Nick Kim ’16 each finished in the top five in their respective events as well, with Blackburn taking fourth in the 50m backstroke and Kim placing fifth in the 200m butterfly. Carter Garfield ’19 also placed in the top ten in multiple events, taking fifth in the 400m individual medley (4:27.37), sixth in the 100 meter backstroke (1:02.18), and seventh in the 50m backstroke (28.24).  John Pintauro ’17 finished fourth in both the one and three-meter diving boards with scores of 189.05 and 188.60, respectively. 

On the women’s side, the team performed well in the 200m backstroke race. Katherine King ’19 earned fifth place in the 200m backstroke with a time of two minutes and 15.23 seconds, and teammates Madi Keohane ’19 (2:15.41) and Morganne Hodsdon ’16 (2:16.80) followed closely behind in sixth and seventh. In forward-facing events, Abigail Taylor-Roth ’19 performed notably, placing sixth in the 50m breaststroke with a time of 33.03 seconds and seventh in the 100m breaststroke with a time of one minute and 11.03 seconds.

This meet was the second under the 2015-16 coaching staff, which includes the addition of assistant coach Malena Gatti.  Gatti earned her bachelor’s degree from Amherst College in May 2014, and was a successful swimmer for two years at her alma mater until switching her career aspirations to coaching the sport.  During her final two years as an undergraduate, she was an assistant coach at Amherst Regional High School, and, following graduation, switched her allegiance to her former high school: Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove, Florida.    

Gatti joins head coach Tim Burton and fellow assistants Doug Hall ’90 and Kevin Makarowski and hopes to bring the young Colby swimming and diving teams to new heights in the 2015-16 season and beyond.