East Haven Athletes Make a Splash With the Greater New Haven Swim Team


Credit: Carlo Frunzio

This winter sports season, EHHS combined with North Haven, Guilford, and North Branford to create a boys co-op swim team. This is the second year there has been a boys swim team for EHHS students, but the first year of an official co-op. This season, the team went an impressive 8-2.

The EHHS athletes on the team are a big asset. There are two EHHS students on the team, sophomores Hethon Foster and Pavlo Melnyk. Both swimmers joined the team last year as freshmen. They practiced in Branford and competed as a team-of-two, meaning that the boys could not score points in their regular season meets. This year, as an official co-op, all of the athletes can score points. This super team brought together some of the best swimmers in the state, including many high placing swimmers from last year’s states.


In regards to the new co-op, Hethon said, “It was a lot better because I could actually score points. It was nice actually being part of the team and meeting a bunch of new dudes and I was glad that we could all work together.” The new team dynamic helped them at states, as having athletes from so many different schools earned Greater New Haven some strong relay teams. The boys’ 200 yard freestyle relay came in second place at SCC finals. It included Hethon, a North Haven junior, and a pair of Guilford brothers. This same relay came in first place in the 400 yard freestyle relay.


Despite being a team sport, swimming is fairly individual. Each athlete is allowed to swim a maximum of four events, two of these events are individual and the other two events are relays. The points scored from each event are based on how each athlete places out of the six other swimmers in the pool. Everyone swims for themselves and to better their times but they all strive for the collective goal of winning the meet. Hethon said, “We were all doing our own part, carrying our work, and working together to win meets.”

The team is always looking for new members. All grades are welcome and no experience is necessary. Hethon said, “There is a place for everyone. It’s not like you’re going to be kicked off if you’re too slow or if you can’t swim because we have people who could barely swim this year and they were swimming.” The real point is to have fun. High school sports are a great way to meet new people and swimming is no different, so if you are looking for a new extracurricular activity, swimming might be the way to go. Pavlo said, “If someone is thinking about joining, I’d tell them to at least come to one or two practices. Honestly the reason I joined the team was to be a part of the team. I’m not a fast swimmer but when I’m with the guys I always have a good time and I’m not shunned for being slower. It doesn’t matter if you’re fast or not, when you join GNH you join a family.”


the other two events are relays. The points scored from each event are based on how each athlete places out of the six other swimmers in the pool. Everyone swims for themselves and to better their times but they all strive for the collective goal of winning the meet. Hethon said, “We were all doing our own part, carrying our work, and working together to win meets.”

The team is always looking for new members. All grades are welcome and no experience is necessary. Hethon said, “There is a place for everyone. It’s not like you’re going to be kicked off if you’re too slow or if you can’t swim because we have people who could barely swim this year and they were swimming.” The real point is to have fun. High school sports are a great way to meet new people and swimming is no different, so if you are looking for a new extracurricular activity, swimming might be the way to go. Pavlo said, “If someone is thinking about joining, I’d tell them to at least come to one or two practices. Honestly the reason I joined the team was to be a part of the team. I’m not a fast swimmer but when I’m with the guys I always have a good time and I’m not shunned for being slower. It doesn’t matter if you’re fast or not, when you join GNH you join a family.”

the other two events are relays. The points scored from each event are based on how each athlete places out of the six other swimmers in the pool. Everyone swims for themselves and to better their times but they all strive for the collective goal of winning the meet. Hethon said, “We were all doing our own part, carrying our work, and working together to win meets.”

The team is always looking for new members. All grades are welcome and no experience is necessary. Hethon said, “There is a place for everyone. It’s not like you’re going to be kicked off if you’re too slow or if you can’t swim because we have people who could barely swim this year and they were swimming.” The real point is to have fun. High school sports are a great way to meet new people and swimming is no different, so if you are looking for a new extracurricular activity, swimming might be the way to go. Pavlo said, “If someone is thinking about joining, I’d tell them to at least come to one or two practices. Honestly the reason I joined the team was to be a part of the team. I’m not a fast swimmer but when I’m with the guys I always have a good time and I’m not shunned for being slower. It doesn’t matter if you’re fast or not, when you join GNH you join a family.”

The boys’ final record for the season was 8-2. Pavlo said, “I think the team did amazing. We came in fifth overall at SCCs and came in first in our division.” The team competes in Division II of the SCC with Foran-Law, Notre Dame-West Haven, Sheehan, Shelton, Hamden, Lyman Hall-Coginchaug, and West Haven-Platt Tech. Greater New Haven scored a total of 712.5 points at SCC finals on March 4th. The team would have competed at LL State Trials on the 14th, and depending on how they had done would have moved on to finals on the 17th and potentially state opens on the 21st, but these events have been cancelled due to concerns about COVID-19.

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