Exciting Swims at Winter Festival!

Our NJB swimmers traveled north to compete at the Winter Festival at Valley Central High School in Montgomery, NY last weekend and returned home with 110 Career Best Times, 58 Silver Times, 36 Gold Times, 5 Sectional Times, 21 new Team Records, 18 First Places, and much more.

In our first meet following the holiday season, swimmers looked great. About 57% of all splashes were Career Best Times (Personal Bests) including 36 Gold/JO times, 5 Sectional times, and more. Some of these were significant drops, with 27 swims exceeding 5 seconds of improvement like Reese Berg’s 100 Fly (-22.03) and 200 Free (-9.59); Kayla Bhagaloo’s 200 IM (-9.66) and 500 Free (-14.32); Andrew Colligan’s 100 Back (-10.36); Ty Holler’s 100 IM (-5.91), 25 Breast (-6.86), and 25 Fly (-6.56); Marcus Innamorato’s 100 Back (-6.30) and 200 Free (-11.50); Caty Jhong’s 200 Free (-5.51); Ryan Juckett’s 50 Back (-7.31) and 50 Fly (-8.90); Nathaniel Kern’s 50 Breast (-6.12); Jessie Kiederling’s 200 Back (-26.54) and 200 Free (-24.05); Jake Leddy’s 200 Breast (-5.15); Grace Maruska’s 100 Back (-7.53); Syd Mills’ 200 Back (-5.46) and 200 IM (-7.58); Madison Preste’s 200 Free (-14.13); Billy Ruddy’s 200 Breast (-12.09) and 500 Free (-34.27); Sam Russell’s 200 Fly (-5.27); and Hannah Soutter’s 500 Free (-11.47). There were a ton of other great swims as well.

New Team Records were set by Ty Holler (25 Back, 25 Breast); Nathaniel Kern (50 Fly, 100 Fly); Peyton Berg (50 Free, 100 Free, 50 Back, 100 Back, 100 Fly, 400 IM); Marcus Innamorato (500 Free); Billy Ruddy (200 Back); Sam Russell (100 Fly, 200 Fly); Zach Bezold (100 Breast); Jake Leddy (200 Breast); and Sean Sharma (200 Fly).

There was 45 Top-3 finishes, including 18 First Places by Jillian Berg (400 IM); Ty Holler (25 Back, 25 Fly); Jake Leddy (200 Breast, 500 Free); Jordan Maruska (200 IM, 500 Free); Jake Riva (100 Back, 100 Fly, 100 Free, 200 Free, 50 Free); Billy Ruddy (500 Free); and Sam Russell (100 Breast, 100 Fly, 100 Free, 200 Fly, 50 Free). Our Girls Open 200 Free Relay (Russell, Berg, Britt, Maruska), Girls Open 200 Medley Relay (Maruska, Russell, Soutter, Berg), and Boys Open 200 Free Relay (Ruddy, Sharma, Leddy, Riva) also grabbed the top spots.

Congratulations to all!