The 2016-17 Clark University men's swimming season kicks off in earnest on Saturday, October 22 with a visit to the Roger Williams Invitational. With a roster loaded with underclassmen, the Cougars will rely heavily on their trio of seniors for leadership.
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With a roster of 13 student-athletes, the men's swimming and diving team only has four upperclassmen and only one freshman in Brandon Schafer (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.).
Just One Left
Steven Castiglione (West Haven, Conn.) returns for his junior campaign and is quickly becoming one of the best male divers in school history. He already owns three of the four diving records at Clark after setting the 1-meter, six-dive mark (258.38) and the 1-meter, 11-dive (426.50) mark last season.
Leader Of The Band
Four-year participant Vlad Kiveliyk (Southington, Conn.) was named team captain earlier this week by head coach Paul E. Phillips. One of just three seniors on the team, Kiveliyk is a two-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference selection.
"We return a solid core of underclassmen who work hard, and we have strong leadership from our seniors," said head coach Paul E. Phillips. "I am looking forward to this group's continued development as they strive to raise the bar as individuals and as a team."
The program welcomed back a pair of individuals to the program for this season. Seniors Eddie McCluskey (Hope, Maine) and Donovan Smith (Amherst, Mass.) will both provide much-needed depth and experience to the squad.
The 2016 Spring semester saw the Cougars scoop up another academic honor. The team was selected as one of the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America teams. In order to be selected, teams must have a combined semester grade point average of 3.00. The Clark men's team surpassed that mark, wrapping up the spring semester with a 3.36.
After freshmen seasons that saw them all get a ton of experience, much will be expected of the Class of 2019. That group features Sam Brody (Lexington, Mass.), Bill Holloman (Avon, Conn.), Noah Liscord (Wayne, Maine), Marco Moneti (Bloomington, Minn.), Julian Ortega (West Palm Beach, Fla.), Sebastian Ortega (West Palm Beach, Fla.), Johan Nel (Wayne, Maine) and Dylan Schrama (Taunton, Mass.).