WESTPORT, Conn. – Nathaniel Boley has seen the Staples High School boys swim team climb up the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference. Led by their senior star, the Wreckers showed last month they are ready to make their next move.
Boley won two individual events and swam the anchor leg on a winning relay to lead the Wreckers past New Canaan, 98-88. Boley was named T he Westport Daily Voice Athlete of the Month for his efforts.
The Wreckers are 3-0 on the season and look ready to challenge longtime league power Greenwich for the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference crown.
“We went into the meet thinking it was important for us,’’ said Boley, who was the Most Outstanding Swimmer at last year’s league championships after winning two individual titles and setting a meet record in the 100 backstroke. “We beat them last year, and it was huge for us. Being able to beat them again was a big confidence booster for us this early in the season.”
Boley has been the linchpin behind the growth of the Staples program. The Wreckers had been a middle of the pack team behind Greenwich, Darien, New Canaan and the co-op team at Westhill and Stamford.
"In our sophomore year we moved up to fourth, and last year we were third,’’ Boley said. “That was a breakout year for us and we took a step up. (Coach) Frisk (Driscoll) has got his eyes set on some pretty impressive goals for us the year. We have a different work ethic and much harder training.”
He also swims for the Wilton Wahoos as his club, enjoying the individuality associated with the Wahoos and the team atmosphere during the school season.
“High school swimming and club swimming is just a different feeling,’’ Boley said. “You walk into the FCIAC meet and it’s loud and everyone is cheering. You don’t get that at a club meet at 6 in the morning on a Sunday. That atmosphere helps us get pumped up for our meets.”
After he concludes his Staples career, Boley will head to the YMCA Nationals with the Wahoos and then to Division III Williams College in the fall. He liked the combination of athletics and academics at Williams, which is in one of the most competitive Division III conferences in the nation.
“You’re there for academics and you swim, too,’’ Boley said. “You’re not confined to swimming for eight hours and then lifting. It’s more of a balance. I also think I’ll have a chance to go farther in the season. I really liked the team and felt like I was a good fit there.”
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