PrideTime Blog Editor
The Norwalk-McMahon Boys Swim Team has been making history this swim season.
With a record of 7-2 so far, the boys have made it clear that they’re set on making a splash in the FCIAC pool. Starting off with a loss against Ridgefield, the boys quickly redeemed themselves with wins against Amity, Trumbull, Staples, and Hamden-- all leading up to the ultimate watershed moment of the New Canaan win, which was followed by two more wins against Danbury and Wilton.
Pictured: Members of the team
**Not all are pictured here
Obviously, the boys have been having an amazing season. But the biggest win this season was over New Canaan-- the first win over them in 18 years. A lot has changed since 2002, though. The team has grown immensely, both in numbers and talent. New Canaan was a big win and proved that the boys team is changing for the better. With head coach Marco Minocci leading the team alongside senior captains Lucas Balderrama, Henry Velazquez, and Chris Dauser, the boys have been building anew their reputation as a team.
Pictured: Senior captains Lucas Balderrama, Chris Dauser, and Henry Velazquez
The boys started the New Canaan meet strong, with their 200 medley relays placing first, second and third. The boys A relay, made up of Kalen Anbar (‘24), Jorge Chajon (‘21), David Montoya (‘21), and Chris Dauser (‘20), finished with a time of 1:43.13, followed by the team’s B and C lays, coming in with times of 1:51.45 and 1:56.87.
They carried on steadily through the meet, dominating races and scoring points from divers Ben Bradley (‘24), Peter Soares (‘21), and Elijah Villacis (‘21). Midway through the meet, the boys had established a 10-point lead, which from then on, was back-and-forth. Senior captains Henry Velazquez (‘20) and Chris Dauser (‘20) played a huge part in the win, scoring a combined 24 point total. Velazquez scored 12 points in individual events, where he placed first in the 200 free (1:52.10) and the 100 butterfly (51.02), and Dauser scored 12 points as well, with firsts in the 50 free (22.16) and the 100 back (53.50).
The team’s 95-89 win over New Canaan didn’t just break precedent, but also inspired the boys to continue working hard, proving in their successive wins over Danbury and Wilton. Senior captain Lucas Balderrama (‘20), says “We’ve been working really hard this season, both in and out of the pool. As a team, we’re working harder than ever before and it’s all paying off. ”
Following the New Canaan win was the Wilton meet. The boys demolished Wilton’s team with ease; their lineup was not their highest scoring one-- they didn’t need it to win. With swimmers not in their usual events, the meet proved to establish the notion that NMS didn’t need to put all their cards in to win this meet. However, the next week’s meet against Darien was a tough one. Darien beat Norwalk, but not without a fight.
If anything is clear about the boys this 2019-2020 season, it’s that they are not here to play. Determined to crush opponents and rank high in the FCIAC conference, the boys are destined to make a big splash. Looking forward, the team is set to face Westhill/Stamford (2/19), and Greenwich (2/21), concluding the duel season with their final home and senior meet versus Fairfield Ludlowe/Warde (2/26) at 6pm.