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December 11, 2012

2012 Boys Swimming Preview

Tonawanda News — The NFL boys swim season is in its third week of action and Kenmore West (3-1) is off to a fast start.

Justin Sagasta is one of the top swimmers in Western New York and entered this season with sectionals and states in sight. He currently holds the top NFL time this season in the 200 individual medley (2:14.86) and the 500 freestyle (5:10.17).

Blue Devils coach Carrie Vetter said that Sagasta's strength is distance swimming and should lead a very competitive team at Ken West, who is strong in the relays.

"It's turning out that our free style relay is really pulling through and our 400 relay is pretty fast," she said. "Three guys swam Titan Swim Club after last year and have been swimming for a whole year, and are top guys in the league now."

The Blue Devils lost Kody Kopack who swam the butterfly and backstroke. Vetter said he was a strong individual swimmer and was a huge part of the relays. The team also said goodbye to diver Troy Ronan, who was the first West diver in several years.

This year's squad boasts 10 seniors and Dan Clark is another swimmer that will contribute for the Blue Devils this season, according to Vetter. She said he's already swimming times equal to last season and should continue to make them better as the season progresses.

Tom Pasquale and Shawn Finn will also be a few swimmers to watch this season.

Vetter said that there is a lot of excitement around the program.

"We're looking forward to this season," she said. "We expect to be competitive against all the teams (in the NFL)."


Tonawanda is still looking for its first win this season, but after losing seven members from last year's team the Warriors (0-2) are still trying to put everything together in the pool.

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