Swimming - Varsity
Swim Program History
Early in 1945, a Volunteer Fund Committee was created to construct a “Swimming Pool for Blind Soldiers” at the Old Farms Convalescent Hospital, located on the campus of Avon Old Farms School. The school then functioned as Old Farms Convalescent Hospital, a rehab facility for blinded World War II veterans. Veteran’s Pool, built at a cost of $75,000 and funded exclusively by public subscription, was in full use by the veterans before year’s end.
When the school reopened in 1948, Veteran’s Pool became the home for Avon’s first swim teams. Until 1953, Avon had two swimming teams—the Diogenes team, and the Eagles team. Theodate Pope Riddle, the school’s founder, was a firm believer of intramural sports, thus competition between the campus dormitories was common. Written accounts from the 1949 yearbook state, “The Eagles were victorious in all but one of their meets with Diogenes. One [or] two of the meets ended with a good free-for-all water polo game, with no permanent casualties.”
By the 1952/53 academic year, Avon’s interscholastic swimming tradition began, with R.W.C. Evans III captaining the unified team. The student newspaper said of that first team, “No matter whether we lost or won, the times were cut, if only by tenths of seconds – we have produced a competitive team far beyond all hopes at the beginning of the season.”
Since that first year, the team has achieved many successful seasons, particularly during the Brad Mason, Jorge Consuegra, and Bill Kron era. These three coaches led the team to three decades of greatness in the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. During its peak years, the swimming and diving program was large enough to field three teams.
In 2005, in its sixtieth year of existence, Veteran’s Pool was demolished as part of a plan to upgrade Avon’s athletic facilities. No new pool was built; however, the Avon swim team has continued to aspire and to persevere while using the recently build natatorium at Miss Porter’s School.
|Walter Cesarski||2020||Ridgefield, CT|
|Jackson Chamberlain||2020||Old Greenwich, CT|
|Maximilian Cohen||2022||Farmington, CT|
|Andrew Donlan||2020||Haddam, CT|
|Samuel Frushone||2023||Raleigh, NC|
|John Glaspey||2021||Farmington, CT|
|Thomas Higgins||2022||Essex Junction, VT|
|Walker Johnson||2022||Denver, CO|
|Chase Lech||2023||Stonington, CT|
|Jonathan Luo||2021||Fremont, CA|
|Andrew Meyers||2021||Pittsburgh, PA|
|Saagar Motupally||2021||Avon, CT|
|Andrew Sung||2020||Seoul, S. Korea|
|Wyatt Weekes||2021||Sudbury, MA|
|Jonathan Wells||2021||Highlands Ranch, CO|
|Ryan Zappone||2023||West Simsbury, CT|