Beginning the Holiday Season with a Splash

Berkeley Aquatic Center in New Providence was the site for their BAC Holiday Splash over this past weekend. Athletes from 15 different teams competed across all age groups. The Barracudas had an amazing weekend, with our 35 attending swimmers celebrating Career Best Times, Top Places, some Championships cuts, and even a few Team Records.

The swimmers validated all of their hard work in practices by earning Silver and Gold and 65 Career Best Times. Some of these time drops were quite considerable, like Peyton Bates’ 100 Free (-9.31); Peyton Berg’s 500 Free (-9.41); Reese Berg’s 50 Breast (-8.89); Andrew Carlson’s 200 IM (-11.65); Anthony Carlson’s 200 Breast (-11.68) and 200 IM (-21.18); Jacob Conklin’s 200 Free (-8.45); Ty Hollar’s 100 Free (-9.51); Jess Kiederling’s 100 Free (-8.65); Erin McClean’s 500 Free (-10.98); Syd Mills’ 500 Free (-27.05); Hannah Soutter’s 400 IM (-23.64); Laura Topolski’s 500 Free (-10.88); and Emma Waldron’s 100 Breast (-11.36) and 100 Free (-8.18),  just to name a few…Gold times were swum by Jillian Berg (100 Fly); Zach Bezold (200 Breast); Anthony Carlson (200 Breast); and Jordan Maruska (100 Breast, 400 IM). There were also 36 Silver times.

They dashed all the way to 19 Top-3 Places by Jillian Berg (3rd in the 400 IM); Peyton Berg (3rd in the 500 Free); Reese Berg (3rd in the 50 Breast); Hannah Calderon (3rd in the 200 Back); Ryan Juckett (3rd in the 50 Back & 50 Breast, and 2nd in the 50 Fly & 50 Free); Nathaniel Kern (2nd in the 100 Free); Jordan Maruska (2nd in the 100 Breast); and Michael Rizzo (3rd in the 400 IM).

Christmas came early for our First Place swimmers Reese Berg (100 Breast); Christopher Gutierrez (50 Fly); Ryan Juckett (100 Free, 100 IM); Nathaniel Kern (50 Back, 50 Fly); and Jordan Maruska (400 IM). They’ve been put on the ‘Nice’ list.

New NJB Team Records, 15 in all, were unwrapped by Peyton Berg (50 Free, 200 Free, 500 Free, 50 Fly, 100 Fly, 100 IM); Jordan Maruska (200 Back, 100 Breast); Marcus Innamorato (50 Free); Christopher Gutierrez (50 Back, 50 Fly); Zach Bezold (200 Breast); Billy Ruddy (400 IM); and Michael Rizzo (400 IM).

Congratulations to all of our attending swimmers and coaches, and thank you to our parent timers for helping us fulfill our meet obligations. Results have been loaded into the system.

Good luck to our swimmers at Holiday Classic, and a Happy Holiday season to all!