Three seniors chosen as captains for men’s team

Three seniors have been chosen as captains as the 2013-14 Fredonia State men’s swimming and diving team.

Tri-captains are Dave Adamczak, John Estanislau and Adrian Van Hall .

In addition to those three, Charley Arrigo, Andrew Case, Eric Jordan and Cory King are four-year team members.

The season begins at noon Saturday against Edinboro in the Steele Hall Natatorium.

Estanislau is the most decorated member of the team. He earned Second Team All SUNYAC honors in 2013 for finishing second in both the 100-yard freestyle and the 100 butterfly. He also holds four team individual records – the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley.

“He looks stronger and is more mature,” head coach Arthur Wang said. “He’s put on more muscle.”

In addition, Case (400 individual medley) and Jordan (200 backstroke) each nailed down team records at the SUNYAC meet, and helped rewrite all four relay records along with contributions from Adamczak, Estanislau, Van Hall and sophomore Will Baker.

Wang said Baker and sophomore Liam Jones add depth to the roster.

“I don’t think we’re as strong in the freestyle,” Wang said, “without their maturation. Those guys are all going to vie for relay spots.”

Wang said Adam Clouthier and Troy Lubanski are freshmen who’ll make an immediate impact to the team. Both will swim the individual medley and in their specialties – the breast stroke for Clouthier, and sprint butterfly for Lubanski.

Clouthier’s contributions might also make a better swimmer out of Estanislau, who will be able to stay in more sprint freestyle events and opt out of the breast stroke. “He (Clouthier) fills a void for us,” Wang said.

Another freshman, Kris Harris, is a raw talent.

“He’s a diamond in the rough,” Wang said. “He hasn’t had the training that he’ll get here. I expect him to blossom.”

The Blue Devils will need to replace their top diver, Ryan Fuller, who won four straight SUNYAC titles over the past two seasons, was SUNYAC Male Diver of the Meet twice, and participated in the NCAA championship meet last March.

Two divers return, sophomore Rafael Santiago and junior Joshua Croft. They will be joined by three freshmen: Arron Carlson, Jeff Matter and Jacob Storms. Santiago is the most accomplished. Participating last year almost exclusively in the 1-meter event, he finished second to Fuller at the SUNYAC meet.

When contemplating his team’s seasonal outlook, Wang saw it through the eyes of his seniors.

“They want to put their stamp,” he said, “of four seasons of excellence at Fredonia by winning as many meets as they can, and hopefully getting to the NCAAs.”