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Friday, February 17
Welcome Alumni!



   BRANFORD H.S. SWIM ALUMNI UPDATE #31  (February 2017)


The Branford Sports HOF honored the 91 and 92 Boys State Championship Teams on the 25th anniversary. Over 20 team members and coaches came back for the event with some coming from as far away as Colorado, Oregon, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Maryland and Vermont. It was great to see them all reminiscing about the two championships and catching up on what has happened to each of them over the last 25 years


At present, we have 344 current email addresses for alumni.  Please remember that whenever you change your email address to let me know. This is especially true for those graduating from college since this often results in a new email address.   


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82            James Johnson – On 12/28/16 Jim and his wife welcomed into the world Peter James Johnson.  This is their second child.  Jim is retired from the Branford Police Department and now works as the security guard at Walsh Intermediate School.

83            Charles Donohue – Charlie and Rain stay busy following their son Seamus in both swimming and skiing competition. In Nevada, high school swimming is a spring sport.

84            Sue Lecza – Helps keep swimming alive in Branford with her coaching for the Stingrays, organizing of the Florida trip and support for the high school teams.

85            Geoff Hotz – Very active in the Indian Neck Fire Department.

85            Laura Sohl – Came to the alumni meet for the first time, lives in Madison.

87            Jeff O’Connor – Works for Anthem but still coaches 11 and 12 Stingrays. Son Paul is a junior at Hand HS and was exciting to see Paul and his teammates put a scare into Cheshire and take Amity to the final relay. Younger son Rowan is in 8th grade and has recently had major time drops with the Stingrays.

88            Marlo Amendola – Lives in the Boston area with her husband and two children.

88            Kristin Johnson Skuches – Coached the Foran HS girls to their most successful season ever.  Her team won four events at the state championship meet and as a result, five of her team members were named to the All-State Team.

89            Alicia Grenon Lapham – Seen over the holidays with husband Steve and their three boys. Oldest son, Gavin, just turned 16, is 6 ft 2 inches and anxious to get his license.

90            Sean O’Connor – In his 20th year teaching at Conard HS in West Hartford. He and Lisa are kept busy following their 8th grade son Daniel and 5th grade daughter Meaghan who both excel in basketball and soccer

91            Scott Butler – Did another outstanding job coaching the Branford girls for his tenth season despite having only a couple of year-round swimmers on the team.

91            Brian Conte – Lives in Higganum, Ct. with his wife and sons.

91            Todd Ellsworth – Has sold the restaurant he owned for over 20 years in Burlington, VT and now lives in Jay, VT. He has over 10,000 trees tapped and makes maple syrup. He was kind enough to send us a bottle and it is excellent.

91            Chris Esposito – Lives in West Hartford with his wife and children. Has been working as a consultant.

91            Jay Iaquessa – Lives in Clinton and it was great to see him at the banquet.

91            Ray Langlois – Lives in Marlborough, CT.

91            Adam Reich – Lives in Brooklyn, NY

91            Rebekah Butler – Came to the HOF dinner to support Mike Riccitelli’s induction.

91            Elizabeth Coombe Wildermann – Their son Lee was a major part of the Hand HS soccer team that won the class L state championship this year. Their younger son Jack is in 8th grade and also excels on the soccer field.

92            Chris Albert – Is a Physical Therapist in Guilford.

92            Marc Clement – Lives in Atlanta, Georgia area with his wife and four children. Their youngest are twin boys that turn 16 shortly and are looking forward to getting their licenses.

92            Bryan Infantino – Has worked for years at Brainard Marine in Stony Creek and last spring became the owner of the business.

93            Justin Infantino – Works as the town dispatcher in North Branford and stays busy with his three daughters.

92            Rich Irzyk – Lives in Branford and they have three children attending Branford Schools.

92            Jay Knudsen – Came down from Maine where he is a dentist to attend the Hall of Fame banquet and support

Mike Riccitelli.

92            Mike Riccitelli – Was inducted into the Branford Sports HOF. Lives in Oregon and is a member of the USA Underwater Hockey Team.

92            Sally Murphy Noel – Came to the Sports Hall of Fame Dinner to support Mike’s induction into the HOF.

93            Tim Hansen – He and his wife are both Physician Assistants. They live in Guilford and have two boys swimming on the Stingrays.

93            Aaron Redos – Great to see Aaron who came up from Florida for the HOF dinner.  He and his wife and child live on a horse ranch in Odessa, Florida. Aaron works in the wine industry.

93            Ed Remillard – Ed, his wife and children live in Durham, CT. Ed works in human resources at Quinnipiac University.

93            Jeremy Smith – Came from Boulder, Colorado for the HOF celebration. He and his wife have two children.

93            Todd Stiewing – Todd lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is an administrator in the Santa Fe school system where he is an elementary principal.

93            Sarah Marsh – Lives in Denver, they have one child.

94            Dan Haesche – Lives in Tavernier, Florida.

94            Ray Reed – Lives in Vail, Colorado and works as a chef at ski areas.

94            Thristen Grantland – Has now been in the Air Force for over 20 years. He, his wife and children live in Maryland and he works in Washington, DC.

94            Davin Reich – Lives in Brooklyn, NY and just passed the state exam for certification as a social worker.

94            Gary Bliven – Works in technology at Quinnipiac University and occasionally is sighted working out at the pool.

94            Kierstin Newell Eraybar – 2016 was a good year as Kierstin got married and she and her husband Ali bought a home.

95            Karen Myers Torello – Met Karen in the parking lot at Dunkin and asked her how her baby was. She told me the baby is five years old. Time goes by too fast.

96            Cynthia Rock McCobb – 2016 was a great year for Cindy as they bought their first home in Guilford and welcomed their first child into the world. Mikayla was born on 9/11/16.

00            Seth Prins – Has received his doctorate degree.

01            Erika Newell – Was bridesmaid for her sister Kierstin.  There are some spectacular Facebook videos of Erika conducting shows in Florida as she works with dolphins.

01            Alesha Amendola – She and her husband had their first child with the beautiful name of Bliss.

01            George Miles – Was married this summer and has his law degree from UConn.

05            Dan Ormrod – Has been working out and swam fast at the alumni meet.

05            Scott Mussman – He has not missed an alumni meet since graduation and looks in great shape.

06            Matt Ormrod – Has also been working out and put in some nice swims.

06            Mike Loftis – Works the midnight to 8 shift as a police officer in Branford but still manages to find time to get in some swim workouts.

07            Brendon Conlin – Does some swim workouts at the Y and looked good at the alumni meet.

07            Steven Ferrara – Assistant Branford Boys HS Swim Coach.

07            Ally Weted – Engaged and will be married this spring.

08            Dan Aupi – Lives and works in the Boston area and looks to be in great shape.

08            Owen Rood – Over the Christmas vacation Owen and Courtney got engaged here in Branford. They live in Milwaukee, WI.

08            Eric Sokolosky – Star of the alumni meet as he turned in a 21.4 for the 50 free.  Eric lives and works in New York City as a creative recruiter for advertising agencies and startups.

08            Mike Thompson – Got married in June and now he and his wife live in the area.

09            Bill Irwin – Living in San Francisco and works at a small startup called Chorus.

10            Anna Milne – Captain of the Volsunga and during the season conducts hourly tours of the Thimble Islands.

11            Kevin Gell – Graduated from Northeastern and works in the Boston Area.

11            Tyler Olt – Now in his second year as a full-time Branford fireman.

14            Quinn Bohan – Attending and swimming at Rollins University in Florida.

15            Julia Dietz – Swimming at Wesleyan University

15            Ali Palomaki – Swims at Wesleyan University where he holds several school records.

15            Dean Conte – Captain of the gymnastics team at Virginia Tech, University.

15            Ben Greenvall – In his second year at Carleton University.

16            Eric Weidman – Having a great year swimming in college.

16            Thomas Shao – Is a freshman at UCONN.