By Steve Svetovich
Dunmore High School second year girls’ swimming coach John Andreoli is looking for his team to increase its roster and make an impact this year. Andreoli, Aquatics Director at the Greater Scranton YMCA, Dunmore, said practice begins this coming Friday, November 16.
“We had 11 girls on the team last year and are hoping for 15 to 20 this season,” said coach Andreoli.
“We’ve taken great strides in gaining some respectability in our league. It’s been a tall task getting the program on its feet, but I think we are looking real strong going forward. We plan to make some waves in the near future.
“I just need to get some more swimmers on board. And we are planning to do that.
“We have two of the best swimmers in the area, senior Colleen Brown and sophomore Maddie Healey, on our squad.
Both girls already garnered quite a bit of attention last season as they each broke three school records.
“We have some returning young swimmers who are going to surprise a lot of people this year. We also have some freshmen who look very promising.
“I would like to see more public interest in our team. We want to build the program and get off to a good start. Swimming is not always on the radar, but our story could be a compelling one this year. Our program should be getting a little boost with more girls coming out to swim.”
Coach Andreoli, who was a star swimmer at Valley View High School, said both Brown and Healey broke multiple school records and placed high in districts last season.
He said junior Mia Chiaro just started swimming for Dunmore last year and placed in districts. “We expect big things from her this year. And she never swam until last year.”
Dunmore’s first swim meet will be Dec. 13.
“Dunmore has not been a traditional powerhouse in swimming. We are trying to change all that. We are taking steps to gain relevance in the program.
“We have a lot of returning swimmers and a lot more depth. We are returning more than half of last year’s team and adding more to the roster.”
Andreoli is in his second year as Aquatics Director at the YMCA. He has coached the Greater Scranton Stingrays swimming team for the past seven years.
Brown is in her fourth year as a member of Dunmore’s swimming team. Healey, in her second year, has had lots of success as a swimmer. Both performed well in districts last season. Both came up in local swimming programs and swim at Blue Dolphin Aquatics.
“Both girls are very dedicated.”
Coach Andreoli can’t wait to get started. “We are going to get the community excited about our program this year. This is an upstart year. And we are trying to get the program out there to the public’s attention.
“We will definitely improve this year. This has always been a small program at Dunmore, but with 15 to 20 girls coming out this year it is expanding. We will make a name for ourselves.”
Andreoli has been coaching swimming for various local teams over the past decade. He has served as a lifeguard and swimming instructor.
Fundraising events have also started for the Dunmore swimming team. Money needs to be raised for warm up suites and equipment.