March 20, 2019
It was another great showing this weekend at the NJ Swimming Senior Championships at Berkeley Aquatics in New Providence. Our attending swimmers, the most since the team began, earned personal best times, top places, team records, and even some sectional cuts over the four days! Our little team even managed to finish 6th of 36 teams overall!
And they just keep getting faster! Despite being towards the end of a long season, there were still 34 Career Best Times swum in the 74 total splashes. Some of these were big ones, like Zach Bezold’s 200 Breast (-8.85), Jordan Maruska’s 400 IM (-9.93), and Billy Ruddy’s 400 IM (-13.48) and 1000 Free (-49.52) just to name a few!
These great swims translated into some top finishes and visits to the awards podium by Jake Leddy (6th in the 1650); Jordan Maruska (6th in the 1000 Free, 8th in the 400 IM, 6th in the 500 Free); Billy Ruddy (6th in the 1000 Free ); and Sam Russell (2nd in 100 Breast). Visit here for some podium shots!
New Speedo Sectional times were earned by Jake Riva (100 Free), our Boys’ Medley and 200 Free Relays (Riva, Bezold, Sharma, Leddy), and our Girls’ 200 Free Relay (Maruska, Britt, Berg, Russell). First the first time in team history we will be bringing a large group of swimmers to compete in this prestigious regional meet in Ithaca, NY on the weekend of 3/28-3/31.
Congratulations to Jordan Maruska (500 Free, 1000 Free, 400 IM); Jake Riva (100 Free); Jake Leddy (500 Free); and Zach Bezold (100 & 200 Breast); the Girls 200 Free Relay (Maruska, Britt, Berg, Russell); the Girls 400 Free Relay (Maruska, Calderon, Berg, Russell); Girls 800 Free Relay (Soutter, Calderon, Maruska, Russell); Girls 200 Medley Relay (Maruska, Russell, Berg, Calderon); Girls 400 Medley Relay (Calderon, Russell, Berg, Maruska); Boys 200 Free Relay (Leddy, Bezold, Sharma, Riva); Boys 400 Free Relay (Riva, Bezold, Sharma, Leddy); Boys 800 Free Relay (Ruddy, Leddy, Bezold, Riva); and the Boys 200 and 400 Free Relays (Riva, Bezold, Sharma, Ruddy) on setting new team records!
What an incredible exclamation point on a successful season! Good luck to the swimmers moving on to Speedo Sectionals next weekend!