Boys Varsity Swimming & Diving
Message from the Swimming Coaches
“Upon the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that on other fields on other days will bear the fruits of victory.” — General George MacArthur
The “fields of friendly strife” can be a pool as easily as a grass field, but the purpose of working to be the best as an individual athlete and collectively as a team are worthy goals that can only be achieved by discipline, hard work, and at times, self-sacrifice.
Kent swimming aims to grow each individual through emphasis on teamwork. While talent is important, each athlete’s dedication to his teammates is what builds motivation, chemistry and integrity, ultimately providing the platform upon which the individuals can thrive. Practice is more than rigorous drylands and swimming set after set in order to get into shape. It is where leaders are born. It is where lifelong relationships are formed. It is where the differences in our swimmers’ diverse backgrounds blur and one cohesive unit emerges as the focus is narrowed to common goals. It is where character is built and impressed not only as a means to faster swimming, but to maturing into better citizens on and off the pool deck.
Message from the Diving Coach
Charlie Chaplin said, “a day without laughter is a day wasted.” I can honestly say, the Kent School Diving team has yet to waste a day.
The diving program at Kent School brings a team approach to an individual sport. Diving is a very unique sport that requires an incredible amount of focus, precision, and intestinal fortitude. Here at Kent School we aim to develop athletes who embody these traits, not just as individuals, but the entire team as well. The Kent diving team is a place where students become athletes and challenge themselves to improve each and every day, but continue to love what they do.
Over the course of the season, we work together both on land and in the pool. We utilize dry land training to build, as well as flexibility, and bodily awareness. Each day, we practice on the board, while applying TiVo technology, to help each athlete understand how it feels is not always how it looks. We have a very tight knit group of divers who truly love, not just each other, but the sport in general.
In recent years, we have achieved recognition for our excellence at conference championships and at the New England championships—last season we had an outstanding season on the boy’s side. We placed 2nd, 5th, and 8th at Founder’s League Championship. At New England’s the boys won both silver and gold. As a team, we strive for excellence both in the pool and in the community, working to develop both fine athletes and fine citizens for the future.
News: Four Times a Champion
Kent Boys Swimming and Diving made history by winning its fourth consecutive New England Prep School Division II championship. It was a close meet as the Lions edged out Founders League rival, Kingswood-Oxford and eastern New England powerhouse St. George’s.
“The victory came as a result of an impressive team effort,” said Coach Steve Robey.
The boys worked hard all year under the leadership of captains Sam Haack ’15, George Chen ’15, and Hiro Kamei ’15. Noteworthy individual results included George Chen ‘15 who won the 50 yard freestyle and Ryder Sammons ’15 who won diving. Brett Cataldo ’16 finished second in diving. Hiro Kamei ’15 broke three Kent School records during the course of the year and won both the 200 Individual Medley and 100 breaststroke events. The captains teamed up with Bojan Dosljak ’15 to win the 200 Freestyle Relay. Eddie Yang ’16, Noah Burhance ’16, Pi Chaipromprasith ’16, Jojo Idris ’17, and Cooper LeBlanc ’18 also turned in impressive top-8 performances.
Former Kent co-captain Mario Hyman ’12 has made a huge splash as a member of the Skidmore College Men’s Swimming and Diving Team. In his first month with the team, he was named the Liberty League Rookie of the Week for his strong double-win performance against Utica in the 100 Backstroke and Butterfly events. He has continued to excel, racing to an impressive six team records and racking up countless points in Liberty League and New York State Collegiate Association meets. In addition to his feats in the pool, Hyman, a physics major, has worked hard in the classroom and for his efforts was named to the 2014-15 Liberty League All-Academic Team.
Another former co-captain, Tim Burrow ’12, completed a successful third year as a member of the Norwich University Men’s Swimming and Diving Team. He quickly established himself as one the Cadet’s top distance swimmers. At the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association Championships, he was a finalist in the 500, 1000, and 1650 Freestyle events as well as the 800 Freestyle Relay.
Jason Adams ’10 completed a stellar swimming career for Dickinson University. The Kingston, Jamaica native broke seven team records and seven Centennial Conference and Championship records. He was named four times to the All-Conference team and he won two Centennial Conference Championship Outstanding Male Performer awards. He qualified three times for the NCAA Championship meet in the 50 freestyle, 100 back, and 100 fly and is a two time NCAA All-America Honors recipient.