See the athletes and coaches chosen for this year's All-Scholastic team.
Swimmers of the Year
Coaches of the year
Swimmers of the Year
Division 1: Corben Miles, Acton-Boxborough
Miles returns as Division 1 Swimmer of the Year. The senior took first in both the 50 (20.42) and 100 (45.62) freestyle at the state meet. Headed to Georgia Tech, he was also the anchor on the winning 200 and 400 free relay teams.
Division 2: Sean Devlin, Wayland
The junior led Wayland to the Division 2 title. He took first in the 50 free (20.96) and 100 butterfly (50.89) as well as the 200 medley and freestyle relays. He was also the Dual County League defensive MVP in football.
Nick Antonellis, Milford, senior
The Hockomock MVP registered the Scarlet Hawks’ lone first-place finish at the Division 2 state meet, clocking a 1:56.05 in the 200-yard IM. He also turned in a 52.84 time in the 100 butterfly, which was good for fourth place.
Adi Arifovic, Andover, senior
Arifovic narrowly won the 500 free by 0.48 seconds at the Division 1 state meet (4:40.12), adding a second-place finish in the 200 free (1:43.57). He swam on the third-place 200 free relay and fourth-place 400 free relay teams.
Brandon Blair, Norton, senior
Blair finished his high school career by setting a meet record in the 100 breaststroke at the Division 2 state meet, finishing in 58.07. A two-year swim captain, he was named the Tri-Valley League Swimmer of the Year.
Ben Blizard, St. John’s Prep, sophomore
A pivotal part of Prep’s run to the Division state title, the sophomore ran away with the diving competition for a second straight year, posting a solid score of 575.85. During the regular season, he set the school six-dive record.
Drew Carbone, Central Catholic, senior
Carbone set a state meet record (49.34) in winning the 100 backstroke for the second consecutive year. The MVC Swimmer of the Year also took first in the meet’s 200 IM in 1:52.22, earning All-American consideration.
John Higgins, Needham, senior
Higgins capped off his senior season by finishing in 58.15 to take first in the 100 breaststroke at the Division 1 state meet. The Rockets’ captain also contributed to Needham’s 200 medley relay squad, which finished third.
Jason Jung, Westford, senior
Jung followed up his top finish in the 200 free at the Division 1 state meet in 2016 with another top finish in 2017 in 1:41.54. He also contributed to the Grey Ghosts’ 200 and 400 free relay teams that came in third.
Sebastian Melendez, Canton, senior
Melendez returns as an All-Scholastic, taking a pair of individual events in the Division 2 state meet. He finished first in the 200 free in 1:40.27 and the 100 free in 45.85. He was also on the 200 freestyle relay that took second.
Oliver Zmetrovich, St. John’s Prep, senior
Zmetrovich was a key contributor in St. John’s Prep’s Division 1 title, taking first in the 100 butterfly (50.35) and second in the 100 backstroke (51.05). He was also a part of Prep’s second place 200 medley and 400 free relay teams.
200 freestyle and medley, Wayland
On the way to a Division 2 state championship, Wayland had a pair of relay teams take first place in the 200 free and 200 medley. The medley team, a squad comprised of sophomores Daniel Nee and Edmond Giang and juniors Asa Greenaway and Sean Devlin, swam home with a time of 1:37.45. The 200 free team, consisting of Greenaway, Devlin and sophomores Nick Smith and Andy Brogan, finished with a time of 1:27.42. Devlin was also the state 50 free champion.
200 medley, Chelmsford
With the combination of freshman Aaron Zhu, senior Noah Johnson, sophomore Benjamin Cote, and his senior brother David Cote, Chelmsford ran away with the 200 medley relay at the Division 1 state meet on its way to a second-place finish on the day. The group’s winning time was 1:36.28. All four were Merrimack Valley All-Conference swimmers. Johnson was the team captain and three-time MVC champion. Cote will attend the University of Miami to study music therapy.
400 freestyle, Acton-Boxborough
In the Division 1 state meet, Acton-Boxboro took home victories in two of the three relays using just five swimmers between the two teams. The group of junior Eric Hua, freshman Alex Zhang, and seniors David Chen and Corben Miles posted a winning time of 3:10.81 in the 400 free. Nearly the same team, with junior Andrew Huang swimming in lieu of Zhang, took first place in the 200 free relay, coming in with a 1:26.99 winning time.
Coaches of the Year
Division 1: Craig Vitale, Chelmsford
In his fifth year, Vitale guided Chelmsford to a fifth-place finish in the Division 1 state meet. Also the Merrimack Valley Conference Coach of the Year, Vitale’s squad finished 8-4 on the season. He was a Globe All-Scholastic in 2003.
Division 2: Mike Foley, Wayland
Foley guided Wayland to the Division 2 state meet title, beating Westborough by 81 points. The win marked Foley’s 11th state title since taking over at the school in 1999. Wayland was led by its 200 medley and 200 free relay teams.
Bay State — Brookline: Dan Katz, Andrey Nosatov; Framingham: Cole Bassett, Sean Andrews, Leone Kisler; Natick: Kevin Zheng; Needham: Jack Higgins, Nick Lombardo, Henry Keegan, Andrei Treil, Sergey Sonkin, Zibing Zhang, Eric Zhu; Newton North: Will Riley; Wellesley: Hayden Gribbel, Graham Harris, Calvin Isley, Richie Thompson, Andrew Scherrer.
Big Three — New Bedford: Nicholas Eichman, Jose Guerrero, Pedro Jimenez Feliz, Cam Sylvia.
Boston City League — Latin Academy: Jason Casey, Simon Chernow; Amiri Sulker; East Boston: Anthony Rizzo; Nick Shea; Jonathan Smith; Chris Villanueva; O’Bryant: Tomas Galeano; Pedro Meran; Jonathan Peralta
Cape Ann — Hamilton-Wenham: Austin Halstead. Lynnfield-Wakefield: Ben Thompson. Manchester Essex: Per Hostage, Coleman Komishane. Masconomet: Peter Bankes, Christopher Li, Michael Walsh. North Reading: Owen DeCleene, Andrew Shedd.
Catholic Conference — BC High: Jared Daigle, Aleska Jovanovic, Clifford Myrtil; Catholic Memorial: Steven Andrea, Brant McCarron, Matt Moriarty, Charles Nascimben, Jack Nascimben, Howard Phu, Joseph Scannell; Malden Catholic: Alex Phan; St. John’s Prep: Nicholas Ambiliotis, Ben Blizard, Willis D’Angelo, Conor Delaney, Michell Lockwood, Neal Mahoney, Conor Moran, Joshua Roberts, Bill Shi, Mathew Waterman, Michael Xenakis, Oliver Zmetrovich; St. John’s (Shrewsbury): Jon Crowley; Xaverian: Ryan Leveckis.
Dual County — Acton-Boxboro: David Chen, Zazzy Forsyth, Eric Hua, Corben Miles, Hunter Whitbeck, Alex Zhang. Bedford: Jack MacPhee. Boston Latin: Giancarlos Banrey. Cambridge: Owen Ryerson. Concord-Carlisle: Kai Tang. Lincoln-Sudbury: Carson Hunsberger. Newton South: Jordi Boulerice, Andrew Johnston, Geoffrey Lo. Wayland: Andy Brogan, Sam Cahaly, Sean Devlin, Edmond Giang, Asa Greenaway, Emerson Kiefer, Daniel Nee, Nick Smith. Westford: Jason Jung, Sean Riordan, Owen Schwab. Weston: Jared Buchman, Nick Diebold, Ben Guzovsky, Andrew Haimovici, Dale Nickerson, Tom Yu.
Hockomock — Attleboro: Colton Parkinson. Canton: Adrian Bankowski, Owen Guerine, Sebastian Melendez, Sean Mitchell. Foxborough: Johnmichael Boucher, Dan Egan. Franklin: Connor Bougeois, Jack Cashin, Sumit Chouehury, Roy Wang. King Philip: Jack Poppenberger, Andy Sprague, Tyler Stringfellow, Colby Viera. Mansfield: Sebastian Gwynne. Milford: Nick Antonellis (MVP), Panno Marcello, Chris Watson. North Attleborough: Nick Haddad. Oliver Ames: Andrew Abramson, Kyle Gray, Nick Lombardo. Sharon: Jason Hertz. Taunton: Matt Heather, Noah Moniz, Caelan Schrama.
Merrimack Valley — Andover: Adi Arifovic, Zach Beucler, Nicholas Bradshaw, Sean Bradshaw, Thomas Galligani, Zach Grover, Richard Li. Central Catholic: Drew Carbone (MVP), Danny DeRoche. Chelmsford: Ben Cote, David Cote, Kyle Johnson, Noah Johnson, Luke March, Nate Parisi, Aaron Zhu. North Andover: Dylan Walsh.
Middlesex — Belmont: Damien Autissier, Luc Durand, Samuel Thompson, Rickey Ye. Burlington: William Forbush. Lexington: Jeffery Chang, Greg Conrad, Chris Jun, Chris Morse, Srinivasan Sathiamurthy, Suhas Suddala. Melrose: Joseph Connolly. Reading: Erik Bonnabeau, Mark Bonnabeau, David Erikson, Hunter Kyes, Jake Powers. Winchester: Carter Semmes, Adrian Tam.
Northeastern — Beverly: Gavin Gleason, Eric Higgins, Kevin Pichardo-Cedillo, Brendan Ward. Danvers: Jared Casey, Raphael Hicaro, Tyler Keyes, Jackson McPherson. Gloucester: Steven Moody. Lynn Classical: Jacob Lang, Eric Macorri, Alex Pedro, Harrison Seitz. Marblehead: Tom Rockett. Peabody: Conor McCarthy (MVP). Revere: Andrey Carvalhis. Salem: Renne Venico. Swampscott: Will Cronin.
Patriot — Duxbury: Brad Backlund, Devin Bombardier, Owen Clancy, Nathaniel Davenport (MVP), Ethan Donnelly, Quinn Schomp. Hanover: Will DeBoer, Dan Greene, Nick Jones, Aidan Wright (MVP). Hingham: Devan Kushnir, Justin Moczynski, Lawson Roberts. Pembroke: Brendan Farrell, Sam Jacobs. North Quincy: Jian Kun Zhang. Quincy: Thomas Tran. Scituate: Peyton Brown, Connor Hughes, Kevin Long, Michael O’Keefe, Sebastian Pizzuto.
Southern — Brockton: Neite Decimus, George Karolemeas, Greg Minichiello, Gavin Rocha. Durfee: Carlos Borges, Pedro de Souza, Eddie Feliciano, Robert Katz, Cliff Nemkovich, Devin Pineault, Jared Souza, Meng Yang, Anthony Ziccardi. Westwood: Matt MacDonald, Evan Smith.
Tri-Valley — Holliston: George Savino. Hopkinton: Greg Reimonn, Sam Richardson. Norton: Brandon Blair (MVP), Quinn McAlear.
How we picked the team
The All-Scholastic boys’ swimming team was selected by the school sports staff. Selection is limited to MIAA schools that compete in EMass leagues. Text by Logan Mullen. Photos by Matthew J. Lee and Mark Lorenz.