MANCHESTER - The warm weather the region experienced this week was the first real signal that the opening of the pool at the Manchester Rec Park is not far away and with it the start of another season for the Triton Swim Team.

The Tritons took third place in the Division III State Championship last year, scoring 732.5 points behind Woodstock (770) and Rutland (916.5). Coming into this season, coach Alex Ramsvig indicated he is looking forward to another successful year.

"The year before we won our division in states and this year (last season) I want to say we were second or third in our division," said Ramssvig. "So, as a team we didn't quite score as well, but individually we had lots of amazing swims. Lots of our swimmers were first in the state."

Despite good performances among both the men and the women last season, Ramsvig said the team struggled with numbers on the boys side, which he said had an impact on how they finished.

While he is not entirely sure how many swimmers he will have as several tend to sign up the first day of practice - June 16 - he anticipates that it will be somewhere between the 80-90 he had last year.

"I think our numbers will probably go up because we've changed the schedule a little bit to make it more accessible to the younger kids who are at camps," Ramsvig said. "Last year and the year before the senior swimmers were early every single morning and the junior swimmers were later. This year that alternates so that the younger ones can do camp.


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but we're right on track like every year."

Ramsvig also said that several new families have expressed interest - another factor that leads him to believe the team might have more swimmers this year than in the past.

Coming into this season, senior swimmers Sarah and Emily Asciutto and Claire and Aryn Iannuzzi are expected to anchor the girls team along with Stephanie Souls who was one of the team's captains last year. Ryan and Andrew Spencer will help anchor the men's team.

In addition, Ramsvig said that there are some of his other swimmers - including Chloe and Mikayla Lathrop, Perrin and Paige Marion, Matthew Sabol, Aiden, Riley and Simon Vogel and Corynn Wasyliko - who he expects to have good seasons as well.

Two members who will not be returning this year - who were also among the team's better swimmers - are Haley Goepple and Emily Severance; both of whom graduated last year.

"They were both a big part of the team at the senior level because they've both been involved since they were very little. They were both strong swimmers. So, they'll certainly be missed," said Ramsvig. "We do have a few other senior swimmers in high school and hopefully a few new ones that will sort of step into that role."

Coming into the season, Ramsvig said that the goals he will have for the swimmers is for them to make improvements in their time and stroke.

"A lot of our really top swimmers swim in the winter as well so over the last year they'll [have] improved so I'm really looking forward to seeing how much more they can improve over the summer," said Ramsvig. "So, I guess goal setting and reaching those goals for individuals is almost always my top priority."

The team's first meet is scheduled for June 26 beginning at 4 p.m. against Brattleboro at the Manchester Rec Park and Ramsvig said it will be a good indicator of the ability of his senior swimmers.

"For the senior swimmers, that first meet is, I wouldn't say it's like a practice meet, but it's getting our feet wet; seeing where we are for the season," Ramsvig said.