April 1, 2019
A fellow NJ coach quipped, “Tell your kids to slow down!”
NJB was well- represented at this season’s Eastern Zones Speedo Sectionals at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. Our 10 swimmers joined hundreds of the region’s top swimmers from the other attending 131 teams over the four day event. Our new little team earned impressive team scores with our girls finishing 36, our boys finishing 18, and a combined team 25th Place finish. Their 43 splashes yielded 24 Career Best Times, top finishes in Finals, and 12 new Team Records!
Sam Russell qualified for the 100 & 200 Breast, 200 IM, and 100 Fly. She had a fantastic meet, earning best times in all of her events, and making it back to Finals in 3 of the 4 (100 Breast, 200 Breast, 200 IM). She was also a big contributor to all four of the girls’ relays, and set 4 new records!
Jake Riva also had a stellar meet, qualifying in the 100 & 200 Back, 100 Fly, 50, 100, & 200 Free, and the 200 IM. Earning Career Best Times in 6 of his 7 events, he qualified for Finals in all finishing 4th (100 Fly); 5th (100 & 200 Free); 6th (100 Back); and 10th (50 Free). Swimming World magazine even referenced him for his 100 Free and his 200 Free! Setting 7 new Records was just the icing on the cake.
They were joined by Jillian Berg, Zach Bezold, Haley Britt, Jake Leddy, Jordan Maruska, Billy Ruddy, Sean Sharma, and Hannah Soutter who lent a hand in our team’s 200 Medley, 400 Medley, 200 Free, and 400 Free relays. They all competed in individual Time Trials throughout the meet, swimming some great races. Our Men’s 200 Medley (Riva, Bezold, Sharma, Leddy) and our Woman’s 400 Free (Maruska, Berg, Britt, Russell) Relays set new Team Records!
Other new Team Records were set by Sam Russell (100 & 200 Breast, 200 IM); Jake Riva (50 & 100 Free, 100 & 200 Back, 100 Fly, 200 IM); and Zach Bezold (100 Breast).
Giving it their all by earning Career Best Times right up to the last splash of the season were Zach Bezold (100 Breast, 100 Free); Haley Britt (100 Free); Jake Leddy (200 Back, 400 IM); Jordan Maruska (100 Free); Jake Riva (100 & 200 back, 100 Fly, 50 & 100 Free, 200 IM); Billy Ruddy (50 Free); Sam Russell (100 Breast, 200 Breast, 200 IM); Sean Sharma (100 Free); and Hannah Soutter (50 Free).
Congratulations to all of our swimmers and their coaches on their amazing achievements this season!
See you at the Banquet!