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The Bishop Guertin High School boys swimming team has owned Division I for almost half a decade. This year, the girls team will try to match the boys.

The Cardinals enter the 2012-13 season having won four straight Division I boys titles, including last year, when they topped second-place Bedford by 78 points. ...

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The Bishop Guertin High School boys swimming team has owned Division I for almost half a decade. This year, the girls team will try to match the boys.

The Cardinals enter the 2012-13 season having won four straight Division I boys titles, including last year, when they topped second-place Bedford by 78 points.

Meanwhile, the BG girls are coming off their best finish, taking third in Division I a year ago, and first-year coach Brendan McLaughlin thinks the Cardinals have a good shot at taking both titles.

The Bishop Guertin boys will again be pushed by Bedford, while Nashua High School North, coached by Ed McLaughlin, Brendan’s father, will also challenge the Cardinals.

On the girls side, Dover is the defending Division I champ, but a handful of teams – including BG, Bedford and Exeter – could have a shot at taking the title. Alvirne’s Rebecca Dionne should help the Broncos improve on their ninth-place finish from a year ago.

In Division II, Souhegan was the runner-up in both the boys and girls meets a year ago, marking the fourth time in five years both teams have pulled off that feat.

Sabers coach Jim Rezzarday expects the girls team to be in the mix, and possibly challenge St. Thomas, the defending champion, for the title. Oyster River is also expected to finish strong on the girls side, while locally, Hollis Brookline is in for what coach Bob Ouellette expects to be a rebuilding year.

On the boys side, Oyster River has won five straight Division II titles, but St. Thomas could bring that streak to an end. Ouellette believes the Cavaliers will be strong in some individual events and relays, while Rezzarday sees the Souhegan boys rebuilding.

BOYS

Division I

ALVIRNE

COACH: Sean McLaughlin.

LAST SEASON: finished 11th at Division I meet.

RETURNING SWIMMERS: Ethan Beals, jr.; Frank Cunniff, so.; Josh Debricini, jr.; Mike Deminico, sr.; Mike Infantino, jr.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Jack Roberts, jr.; Justin Stickney, sr.; Nick Iannaco, jr.; Matt Canarelli,fr.; Josh Canarelli, jr.; Jeremy Dowd, fr.; Dylan Bistany, so.; Dana Gier, so.; Jake Auger, fr.; Kevin Breen, jr.; Kabir Kalsi, fr.

COACH’S COMMENT: “The Alvirne swim team is very excited to get this swim season under way and pick up where we left off last year,” McLaughlin said. “We have a lot of promising newcomers this year, which all the coaches are very excited about. Through the continued hard work and dedication of our student athletes, we look forward to a successful season.”

BISHOP GUERTIN

COACH: Brendan McLaughlin.

LAST SEASON: won Division I title.

RETURNING SWIMMERS: Kurt Iske, jr.; Pat Kiley, jr.; Jack Olson, so.; David Pfeifer, jr.; Benjamin Pugh, jr.; Matthew Puksta, sr.; Erik Rockstrom, sr.; Kurt Rockstrom, so.; Sam Root, sr.; Kendrick Rubino, so.; Brett Seeley-Hacker, jr.; Joe Soraghan, jr.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Jonathan Hack, so.; Thomas McLarney, fr.; David Wang, fr.; Roviel Arquiza, fr.; Aidan Loftus, jr.; Gabe Madonna, fr.

COACH’S COMMENT: “This year the team is driving towards trying to win two state titles,” McLaughlin said. “The hard work and the effort is certainly showing the kids want to accomplish this. I believe this team certainly has what it takes to shock a lot of teams in the state, especially on the girls side. The boys have made it their personal goal to stand up to the reputation of BG swimming by trying to make this the fifth consecutive title. The talent of freshman this team has is simply amazing and this team will be a force now and for many years to come on both sides.”

NASHUA NORTH

COACH: Ed McLaughlin.

LAST SEASON: finished third at Division I meet.

RETURNING STARTERS: Nathan Garner, sr.; Oliver French, so.; Nico Laborera, jr.; Alex Flinn, sr.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Connor Mullaly, fr.; Brian Laborera, so.

COACH’S COMMENT: “Garner has to be considered as one of the top male swimmers in the state and is complemented with an outstanding boys squad, including French, Flinn and the Laborera brothers,” McLaughlin said. “They should challange for the top spot in Division I.”

NASHUA SOUTH

COACH: Brian Greathead.

LAST SEASON: did not place at Division I meet.

RETURNING SWIMMERS: George Landry, jr.; Travis Wells, so.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Bryan Li, so.; Andrew Chaviano, fr.; Robert Gosse, fr.; Sam McIntyre, fr.; Noah Telerski, fr.; Bryant Perez, fr.

COACH’S COMMENT: “We are looking forward to this season, and are hoping to create a fun but competitive team for the upcoming season,” Greathead said.

Division II

HOLLIS BROOKLINE

COACH: Bob Ouellette.

LAST SEASON: finished third at Division II meet.

RETURNING SWIMMERS: Josh Rines, sr.; Jeremy Heard, sr.; Matt Falcone, jr.; Austin McCalmont, so.; Jacob Solon, jr.; Tom Regan, jr.

COACH’S COMMENT: “The boys team should be strong in a number of individual events and relays,” Ouellette said. “We have a good nucleus of returning swimmers, who should provide a lot of depth and be strong in multiple events.”

MILFORD

COACH: Nancy McManus.

LAST SEASON: finished seventh at Division II meet.

RETURNING SWIMMERS: James Halstead, so.; Adam Magri, sr.; Jason Magri, so.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Nathan Oesterle, jr.; Gonzalo Ruiz-Oriol, jr.

COACH’S COMMENT: “MIlford has more experienced swimmers than in recent years,” McManus said, “and we are excited to begin our season.”

SOUHEGAN

COACH: Jim Rezzarday.

LAST SEASON: finished second at Division II meet.

RETURNING SWIMMERS: Mike Rego, Jamie Lutze, Alex Bedard, Alex McNally, Tyler Howard and Tim Saunders.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: David Kibbie, Chris Burnley, Mike Robicheau and Nick Fichtner.

COACH’S COMMENT: “The boys team will start a rebuilding year,” Rezzarday said. “I have a boys team whose relay will be hard to stop in both the medley and 400 free relays. All of the boys should place at states. They all look strong.”

GIRLS

Division I

ALVIRNE

COACH: Sean McLaughlin.

LAST SEASON: finished ninth at Division I meet.

RETURNING SWIMMERS: Rebecca Dionne, sr.; Christina Stewart, sr.; Allison Bendel, sr.; Claire Hovasapian, jr.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Erin Beals, fr.; Lauren Somers, fr.; Taylor Lambert, fr.; Ashley Dumais, fr.; Katherine Stickney, fr.; Julia Balukonis, fr.; Mikayla Sintiris, fr.; Katie Picard, fr.; Erika Gareri, fr.; Hanna Yi, fr.; Dina Hoffman, fr.; Hope Cunniff, fr.; Gianna Gentile, fr.; Antonia Schicks, sr.; Desiree Robinson, fr.

COACH’S COMMENT: “The Alvirne swim team is very excited to get this swim season under way and pick up where we left off last year,” McLaughlin said. “We have a lot of promising newcomers this year, which all the coaches are very excited about. Through the continued hard work and dedication of our student athletes, we look forward to a successful season.”

BISHOP GUERTIN

COACH: Brendan McLaughlin.

LAST SEASON: finished third at Division I meet.

RETURNING SWIMMERS: Olivia Conceicao, sr.; Emily Friese, so.; Marie Bonin, so.; Lauren Kennedy, jr.; Veronica Mack, jr.; Callie Santos, sr.; Rhys Schueren, so.; Caroline Shusta, so.; Katie Soraghan, sr.; Sucheta Tamragouri, jr.; Melanie Todis, sr.; Meaghan Turcotte, jr.; Jane Winarta, so.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Marie Bonin so.; Kathryn Mahoney, fr.; Kerry McCain, fr.; Mackenzie Sweeney, fr.

COACH’S COMMENT: “This year the team is driving towards trying to win two state titles,” McLaughlin said. “The hard work and the effort is certainly showing the kids want to accomplish this. I believe this team certainly has what it takes to shock a lot of teams in the state, especially on the girls side. The boys have made it their personal goal to stand up to the reputation of BG swimming by trying to make this the fifth consecutive title. The talent of freshman this team has is simply amazing and this team will be a force now and for many years to come on both sides.”

NASHUA NORTH

COACH: Rachael DeSantis.

LAST SEASON: finished 10th at Division I meet.

RETURNING SWIMMERS: Chloe Bawmann, sr.; Cassandra Clancy, jr.; Amber Correia, jr.; Amanda Droutman, so.; Monique Duchesne, jr.; Alexandra Doumont, sr.; Danielle Doumont, so.; Chelsea Jennings, sr.; Natasha Kumar, jr.; Stephanie Latvis, jr.; Sydney Little, sr.; Melody Miller, sr.; Elizabeth Prolman, jr.; Gina Santiago, sr. (diver); Margret Miller, sr. (diver); and Selena Miller, so.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Jane Lehto, so.; Christina Little, fr.; Sierra Mullin, fr.

COACH’S COMMENT: “I am excited to work with these young, talented ladies,” DeSantis said. “North has an amazing group of newcomers. I expect nothing but great things to come from them. They have a great work ethic and are team players. We are going to continue to work hard and show our Titan pride.”

NASHUA SOUTH

COACH: Jennifer Burnette.

LAST SEASON: finished 17th at Division I meet.

RETURNING SWIMMERS: Allison Thomas, sr.; Karina Popkova, sr.; Riley Bates, jr.; Samatha Goy, jr.; Shantelle Richards, jr.; Rebecca Zanzerkia, jr.; Nathaly Davis, so.; Lauren Flanagan, so.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Martha Connolly, jr.; Kelly Hadley, jr.; Sonia Gauvin, so.; Aamuktha Porika, so.; Regina Chartier, fr.; Liliane Crawford, fr.; Caroline Ferris, fr.; Jennifer Holloran, fr.; Derin Josephson, fr.; Pooja Welling, fr.

COACH’S COMMENT: “We are looking forward to this season, and are hoping to create a fun but competitive team for the upcoming season,” Burnette said.

Division II

HOLLIS BROOKLINE

COACH: Bob Ouellette.

LAST SEASON: finished 11th at Division II meet.

RETURNING SWIMMERS: Taylor Owens, sr.; Emily Rezzarday, sr.; Emma Close, jr.; Sarah Bouthilette, sr.; Noam Eshed, jr.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Nicole Hall, fr.; TessMeagher, fr.; Sadie Solon, fr.

COACH’S COMMENT: “The girls team is rebuilding,” Ouellette said. “We have good senior leadership with many newcomers competing with returning athletes for starting positions in both individual and relay events.”

MILFORD

COACH: Nancy McManus.

LAST SEASON: finished seventh at Division II meet.

RETURNING SWIMMERS: Erica Gendron, sr.; Sarah Halstead, sr.; Kayla Kennedy, sr.; Molly McGuire, sr.; Kaitlyn McManus, so.; Jenna Place, jr.; Adriana Putney, jr.; Sarah White, sr.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Julia Anderson, fr.; Nova Grummon, fr.; Natalia Visco, fr.; Rebekka Windt, jr.

COACH’S COMMENT: “MIlford has more experienced swimmers than in recent years,” McManus said, “and we are excited to begin our season.”

SOUHEGAN

COACH: Jim Rezzarday.

LAST SEASON: finished second at Division II meet.

RETURNING SWIMMERS: Olivia Wons, Sarah Howard, Alex Safarz, Christine Black, Liz Lapsley, Hanna Dean, Margaret Dean, Jamie Freud, Hanna Whitney, Shannon Disco and Victoria Chistolini.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Jessica Lapsley, Erica Quinlan, Tamara Morley, Erica Quinlan, Megan Murphy, Abby Fitzgerald and Ivy Buxton.

COACH’S COMMENT: “The girls will have a tough fight with St Thomas, as we are deep in strength with the girls team,” Rezzarday said. “Olivia Wons is back to a record-setting pace as well as Christine Black. Margaret Dean and Jamie Freud have greatly improved but don’t count out Shannon Disco and Hanna Dean, along with our strong freshman team, we could pull off a close win.”

NOTE: Attempts to reach coaches from Merrimack, Wilton-Lyndeborough and Campbell were unsuccessful.