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Bakowski, Johnson back this season for defending section-champion Spartans

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The Brentwood boys' swim team won its second consecutive section championship last season.

Two of the leading athletes back from last year's championship squad are Kevin Bakowski and Nate Johnson.

Bakowski, a senior, was a WPIAL Class AA qualifier in the 200 intermediate medley, 100 breaststroke and two relay events last season.

Johnson, a sophomore, was named Brentwood's freshman of the year in 2012-13. He was a top contributor on both freestyle relay units for the Spartans and narrowly missed the WPIAL cut in the 50 and 100 freestyle events.

Brentwood's swimming and diving program is dominated by juniors this season.

There are 12 juniors among the 30 athletes listed on the boys' and girls' rosters: Natalie Andrews, Christopher Bezek, Brianna Foscoe, Sara Frey, Christian Ivers, Tyler Jorgenson, Sydney Luther, Justin Mondry, Cassidy Nodaros, Jake Staude, Shelby Stockline and Mark Tichenor.

Jorgenson qualified for the PIAA Class AA boys' diving finals last year by placing ninth at the WPIAL championships.

Along with Bakowski, senior team members consist of Alexis Gaughan, Kelli Klapkowski, Katy Ellen Kramer, Steve Lukasiewicz and Brandon Striplin.

Looking to make an impact in 2013-14 are sophomores Johnson, Luke Benedik, Jonathan Karsh, Alithia Kephalogianis, Luke O'Shea, Sabrina Stockline and Dominic Woods.

Freshman prospects include Matthew Bakowski, Dana Frey, Ethan Kemmler, Benjamin Smith and Rosemarie Wilson.

The majority of WPIAL qualifiers on last year's boys' team have graduated — Danny Faix, James Eagle, Josh O'Neil, Christian Reinhardt and Ryan Vickless.

Ali McGinnis, a senior on the 2012-13 girls' team, was a WPIAL qualifier in the 100 breaststroke event last winter.

Brentwood's coach is Mark Wroblewski, who is in his 14th season at the helm.

Jan Wroblewski is an assistant coach; Roger Gaughan is a volunteer assistant.

Ray Fisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-388-5820 or rfisher@tribweb.com.

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