High School Boys Swimming: Frontier looks to top swimmers, bright future; Lake Shore off to 6-0 start
As far as wins and losses go, an underclassmen-laden Frontier is in a rebuilding phase, but the Falcons will have some contenders looking to make a splash once the postseason comes around.
On a team mostly with eighth through 10th graders looking to make more of an impact next season and for years beyond, Frontier will have seniors John Stoklosa and Mike Dicesare and junior Tom Stoklosa to count on for contributions throughout the season and help create some formidable relays that could challenge to qualify for state competition.
“We’ve got a lot of guys that I’m hoping to see play a bigger role in years to come,” said Frontier head coach Jeff Moessinger. “We still have our top guys who should give us a chance in a few events this year.”
Tom Stoklosa is a returning state qualifier in the 100 freestyle. He’ll compete in the freestyle events and individual medley along with being a part of the team’s top relays.
His older bother, John, who comes off a sectional-qualifying season on the golf course, will contribute as a breaststroker and on the relays as well. Dicesare will join the Stoklosas on the relays in addition to serving as a jack-of-all-trades, taking part in a variety of events including diving. They are the only two seniors on the squad.
From a group of youngsters very evenly matched, freshman Evan Graesser has emerged as a swimmer who can also make a sizeable impact. Graesser will swim in the sprint freestyle events and be the fourth member of the top relay teams.
Evan is the younger brother of senior Hannah Graesser, a five-time state qualifier who has broke so many of Frontier’s records on the girls side. She’ll swim at Division I Canisius next year. Moessinger is hoping Evan is cut from the same mold as his sister.
During a 1-5 start to the season, Frontier’s lone win has come over Eden. Moessinger expects that record may improve as the season goes along and into next year as a young lineup begins to reach its potential.
Elsewhere locally, Lake Shore has started the season 6-0, most recently winning 114-71 over Iroquois before the holiday break.
The medley relay of Dave Dombrowski, Jon Ball, Fred Ball and Jakob Zelak set the tone early by touching out the Chiefs by only nine-tenths of a second and the Eagles led the rest of the way as they compiled 32 personal records. Claiming individual victories included Sebastian Grenier, Travis Wright, David Dombrowski and Jon Ball.
In the meet prior, a 96-81 win over Depew on Dec. 18, first-place finishers included Dombrowski, Zelak, Ball and Wright. The team posted 22 personal records throughout the course of the meet. In beating Cheektowaga 95-80 three days prior, Dombrowski was a double winner as he took the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly. The Eagles also had a nice showing at the Alden Relays, placing second out of seven teams. The diving team of Lee Gaskin, Tyler Wojda and Wright joined forces to break the meet record by over 20 points.
Also, in St. Francis’ 128-37 loss to Canisius on Dec. 18, Red Raiders’ captain Ryan Fishback enjoyed a solid meet, dropping significant time in the 200 freestyle, as well as the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:19. Junior teammate Jack Moretti took first place in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:17.3. Also in the loss, freshman Michael O’Meara stepped up in the 500 freestyle to finish second in 5:44.7 and senior Christian Cavalieri recorded a personal best time in the individual 200 medley, dropping three seconds since the last meet with a 2:57.