Boys’ Swimming


Program Overview

Boys’ swimming at Poly Prep began making a mark on the New York City level in 1908. Since that time, Poly has had several City League and State Champions. Poly now competes in the Ivy Prep League, The NYSIS and Easterns Championships. In 2018 Nikolay Shevchenko and Oleksandr Protsenko were appointed as Co-Head Coaches of the Poly swim teams. Both coaches have a plethora of experience at the club, NCAA, and International level of this Olympic sport.

Poly Prep has an on-campus indoor pool where rigorous training sessions combined with a world-class strength and conditioning program are the standard for this Poly team.

Boys swimmer racing
Boys swimmer racing
Boys swim team
Boys’ Swimming Highlights

Poly Prep boys finished the season with some very impressive swims throughout the season hitting their personal best times at almost every meet.

The season culminated with significant personal drops in times at the 2020 Ivy Championship:

  • Antony Pfaffle ‘23 – Finalist in the 200 Free
  • Cole Marciano ‘22 – Finalist in the 200 IM and 500 free
  • Adrian Bloom ‘21 – Finalist in the 200 IM and 100 Fly
  • Nick Perez ‘20 – Finalist in the 50 and 100 Free
  • Nate Fernandez ‘21 – Finalist in the 50 and 100 Back
  • NYSAISAA Swimming Championships: Antony Pfaffle ‘23 – 200 Free Finalist
  • NYSAISAA Swimming Championships: Nate Fernandez ‘21 – 50 Free Finalist
Boys’ Swimming Coaches

Nikolay Shevchenko
Co-Head Coach

Business Phone: (347) 927-7722
Education: The City University of New York, College of Staten Island, BS; Krasnoyarsk State Pedagogical University “V. P. Astafyev”, BS

Nikolay became a junior nationals finalist in Russia and, tempted by the idea of life in the United States, embarked on an All-American career at the CUNY College of Staten Island. Following through on another dream, Shevchenko, in 2009, founded Avantis Swimming Academy (later Freedom Aquatics), an instructional school that grew to include a competitive club team and multiple facilities in the NY-NJ area.

Coaching Career Highlights

  • Selected Coach for 2019 USA Swimming Leadership Summit at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO
  • Metropolitan Swimming’s Must Watch Age Group Coach of the Year (2016 – 2017 Season)
  • Active Member of Metropolitan Swimming Strategic Planning Committee
  • Riverbank Redtails International Invitational Coach Award 2014
  • Honorable Mention Leadership Award 2015
  • Trained and prepared numerous athletes who qualified for Division I, II and III NCAA championships. Junior and Senior National Championships.

Coaching Experience

  • USA Swimming Certified Coach Since 2012
  • Member of American Swimming Coaches Association
  • Selected Metro Zone Team Coach of 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Selected Coach for Metro All Stars Training Camp 2014 under the guidance of Olympic Coach Sergio Lopez Miro and Olympic Swimmer Peter VanderKaay
  • Selected Coach for Metro Annual Outreach Swimming Clinic 2014 with Olympic Swimmers Doug Lennox and Brett Fraiser
  • Selected Coach for Brackin Elite Training Best Swim Camp 2015 under the guidance of Olympic Coaches Dave Durden and Kim Brackin
  • Selected Coach for 4UElite Swimming Clinic with Megan Romano 2018

Swimming Achievements as an athlete

  • NCAA All-American (2007–2011)
  • ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference): Champion and Records Holder (2008 – 2009)
  • CUNY (City University of New York): Nominated CUNY Scholar-Athlete of the year (2011), Athlete of the Year in the sport of Men’s Swimming (2009–2011)
  • Russian Junior Nationals Finalist
  • US and Russian Nationals Qualifier
  • US Open Qualifier

Alexander Protsenko
Co-Head Coach

Business Phone: (917) 983-3777
Education: Drury University, MS; University of Ukraine, MS

Picking up swimming at the relatively advanced age of seven, the Ukrainian-born Protsenko soon began lapping his competition in the pool. He became a three-time Ukranian national champion, earning a silver medal at the 2007 European championships, before carrying that excellence to a record-setting run at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. From a volunteer position at his alma mater, Protsenko continued his coaching pursuits at the Boys’ Club of New York in Flushing, Queens, until joining Nikolay Shevchenko at Avantis Swimming Academy (now Freedom Aquatics) in 2011. The two formed a tight personal and professional relationship that led to the successful expansion of the academy, along with a joint desire to join the Poly faculty in 2018. Protsenko jokingly describes himself as the “bad cop” of their partnership, but maintains that “success comes through toughness and discipline.” Together, they’ve sought to reshape the school’s swim program with a focus on the techniques that propelled both to acclaim during their years of high-level meets.

Career Highlights

  • 12х NCAA All American
  • 5x NCAA Division II Champion
  • NCAA Division II individual and relay record holder
  • 3x Ukrainian National Champion
  • Silver Medal European Championships
  • Olympic Candidate 2008 Ukrainian National Swim Team
Swimming Facilities

The Poly Prep Boys’ and Girls’ Swim teams train in our on campus pool. 

Boy swimmer racing
Boy swimmer racing
Boy swimmer racing
Featured Athletes

Michael Spinelli ’11

Following outstanding Poly Prep Swimming careers, brothers Michael Spinelli ‘11 and Edward Spinelli ‘14 both competed for Georgetown University.

Edward Spinelli ’14

Following outstanding Poly Prep Swimming careers, brothers Michael Spinelli ‘11 and Edward Spinelli ‘14 both competed for Georgetown University.