Mean in '17: Rebuilding to follow exodus of explosive Class of 2016
Darien's 2016 was about its best ever.
Losing lots to graduation, though, means the encore will not be quite so vibrant. Still, there will be an encore.
“In 2016 the Blue Wave had an undefeated regular season, won the Chappa Invitational — first in school history — and the FCIAC Championship, before ending tied for fifth at the Division I State Championship,” said Darien coach of 27 seasons, Tom O’Donnell. “And graduating the most talented senior class in (my) years as coach, although this year's team will be in rebuilding mode early, look for the Wave to improve throughout the season and once again to qualify to compete in the FCIAC and Division I Championships.”
The strong wind from last year’s hurricane is bound to help push the Wave along as O’Donnell enters the season 587-191-11 as Darien coach.
“They will be led by returning varsity players Will Wilson (junior) and Blake Swiggett (sophomore),” O’Donnell said. “ A number of returners and promising newcomers should provide spirited competition for the remaining varsity spots.”
Regular season: 16-0
FCIAC Championship Tournament: 2016 FCIAC Champions
2017 Chappa Invitational Champions (first in school history)
All FCIAC: Christian Ostberg (Sr); All-East: Sam Knowlton (Sr), Jack Klingman (sr), Bobby Osborn (Sr)
CIAC Division I State Championship: tied for fifth
Lost to graduation: Seniors Christian Ostberg (varsity all four years, No. 1 player last three years); Sam Knowlton (varsity all four years); Jack Klingman (three year varsity ), Bobby Osborn (two year varsity)
This season’s captains are not yet announced.
Returning are seniors Brendan Bumgardner, Ryan McCarthy, Jack Campbell, juniors Will Wilson, Danny Lancellotti, sophomores Blake Swiggett, Matt Daileader.