The Riverside-Brookfield High School boys swimming team has high hopes this winter. If early results are any indication, the Bulldogs will see those hopes realized.

Host RBHS knocked off Oak Park-River Forest and Downers Grove South in a triangular meet on Friday. The Bulldogs scored 141 points while Oak Park had 113 and Downers South tallied 66.

The victory was impressive considering OPRF finished 10th at the state meet last season with 51 points, while the Bulldogs were shut out. The Huskies, however, were without several of their top swimmers at RBHS on Friday.

“I don’t know if it would have made a difference but the result would have been a little closer,” RBHS coach Todd Frydrich said. “The kids swam pretty well. It’s the first step in the right direction.”

The Bulldogs won five individual races and all three relays. Junior Quinn Risley led the way by capturing the 50-yard freestyle and anchoring all three victorious relays.

The 200 medley relay team of sophomore Christian Hernandez, junior Anthony Colon, senior Tim Somers and Risley nearly broke the pool record. Juniors Kevin Garza and Dominic Rosa joined Colon and Risley in winning the 200 free relay, while the 400 free squad was composed of Garza, Hernandez, Colon and Risley.

Risley and Garza are returning individual state qualifiers. Risley was 23rd in the 50 free, missing a top-12 medal by .37, and 41st in the 100 free. He and Somers were part of the 200 free relay team that placed 28th.

Garza, meanwhile, finished 37th in the 100 butterfly. He barely missed breaking the pool record in winning that event Friday and he later captured the 100 backstroke as well.

Frydrich is expecting big things from Risley and Garza.

“We are preparing both of them for the state meet,” Frydrich said. “They will shave and taper for state.”

Risley and Garza could be medal contenders this season but they hope to have plenty of teammates with them. Hernandez, who won the 100 free and 200 free Friday, is another promising potential standout.

“We have lofty expectations, both individually and as a team,” Frydrich said. “We’d like to get all three relays [to state] this year and Christian Hernandez has a really good chance in a couple of events. Colon has a shot as well.”

Somers and fellow senior Xander Catrambone are the RBHS captains but the Bulldogs are still dominated by underclassmen. Freshman Joey Rosa, Dominic’s brother, is a versatile athlete who could make an immediate impact. He is expected to swim the butterfly, 200 free and 200 individual medley.

“We think the sky is the limit for him,” Frydrich said. “He plays football in the fall so he’s still getting back into the shape he was in from training over the summer, but he’s loaded with talent.”

Next up for the Bulldogs is the Downers Grove South Invite on Saturday, where they will again face the Huskies and Mustangs.

“We’re kind of intrigued to see how we stand up to that kind of competition,” Frydrich said.

Bulldogs at a glance

Key returners: Quinn Risley, Kevin Garza, Tim Somers, Xander Catrambone, Christian Hernandez, Anthony Colon, Dominic Rosa

Newcomer: Joey Rosa

Quote: “We have lofty expectations, both individually and as a team,” -RBHS coach Todd Frydrich

Outlook: Led be returning individual state qualifiers, Risley and Garza, the Bulldogs could qualify multiple relays and individuals for the state meet.