Xaverian H.S. Swimming Team Completes Successful Season
At the Varsity Novice Championships held at Lehman College, the swimmers posted some remarkable results and came home with several medals. Even more impressive was the fact that the team placed second among some very elite squads.
Among the medal recipients were the members of the 200M Medley Relay team, Joe O’Brien, Mark Begun, Justin Chung and Dylan Larkin. Chung and O’Brien also medaled in the 200M Individual
Medley. Sal Ventrice, Jake Smith and Gabriel Atkinson followed suit, with each medaling in the 500M Freestyle.
The 200M Freestyle relay team of Joe Salerno, Dylan Larkin, Justin Esposito and Rob Telles garnered a silver medal while the 400M Freestyle Relay team of Salerno, Telles, Smith and Atkinson also medaled. Finally, Justin Chung added to his medal count in the 100M Butterfly. The boys from Xaverian put on a strong showing and brought the second place award home to Shore Road. The following week, Xaverian Swimmers that qualified for the CHSAA City Championships were invited to compete at the event held at the Nassau County Aquatics Center.
The swimmers chosen for this highly competitive event were Clippers’ team captain and Senior, Kevin Fitzgerald, Senior David Oczos, Juniors Tom Frizalone, Adam Wojtukiewicz and Brandon Longo, Sophomores Tommy Fitzgerald, Jason Deodato and Lawrence Cummings and Freshmen Ryan Ward and Patrick Coen.
The boys swam extremely well and posted some of the fastest individual times of their respective careers. The relays did remarkably well and posted excellent times in the finals on the second day of the meet. These swimmers who returned for the finals were Fitzgerald, Oczos, Frizalone, Fitzgerald, Ward and Coen.
These two events brought another great season to a close. It also marked the 25th season as head coach for Jim D’Ottavio. Throughout the years, Coach D’Ottavio has spent countless hours working with swimmers and helping them to be the best that they can be. Many of his swimmers have gone on to compete on the Division I level. Over the past quarter of a century, the team has seen valedictorians, city champions, state qualifiers and a city record holder. With the help of Freshman head coach and assistant Varsity coach, John Ward, as well as assistant Varsity coach Tom Fitzgerald, Coach D’Ottavio has seen the program at Xaverian thrive with a current roster of 37 swimmers, many of whom will go on to swim in college.