The Fairfield boys swimming and diving team has reason for optimism in 2010-11.

The Mustangs will welcome in a promising freshman class to go along with an experienced group of kids to formulate a talented squad.

"I am excited for the upcoming season," Fairfield boys swimming coach Victor Mirrer said. "And so is the team."

The team will lean on its lone senior captain, Tomoya Sakaguchi. Sakaguchi was a competitor in four events at the Class LL meet in 2010, and will key the team's breast stroke, distance squads and Individual Medley.

Sakaguchi will be joined in the IM by junior Will Galle and sophomore Adrian Tudor. Each will do the breast stroke, as well. Galle finished in 26th at the Class LL in the 100-yard breaststroke.

In the freestyle events, Mirrer's squad will be led by mostly sophomores. Mac Casey, Brian Haughn, Nikita Noskov, Luke Donohue and Will Perret will all be second-year swimmers asked to carry the load.

However, Mirrer is comfortable with the sophomore class because it gained experience a year ago.

"Last year we had a large freshman class which made up almost half the team," Mirrer said. "There is a lot of potential growth with the returning swimmers and the ones coming up."

Galle will also move over to the freestyle events to give Fairfield an experienced and cohesive unit.

"We look forward to building what we started last year," Mirrer said.

The co-op team is confident, mostly because it has progressed in the right direction behind Mirrer. The number of kids on the team also gives Mirrer comfort that his program is not far from competing in both the FCIAC and the Class LL.

"There is tremendous enthusiasm and a very positive outlook in the pool this year," Mirrer said. "We are bigger and are on the way to being stronger and faster."