January 30, 2020
Our swimmers hit the road again joining 15 other NY and NJ teams at the Trials & Finals meet at Valley Central High School in NY hosted by the Hawks Swimming Association. It was a fantastic weekend for them with more top places, personal bests, gold times, team records, and more earned over the three day meet. For some of our swimmers it was the first time experiencing a Prelims and Finals meet.
Our 42 attending swimmers made their presence know, earning 43 Top-8 finishes. Congratulations to our First Place earners Zach Bezold (200 Breast); Nathaniel Kern (50 Fly); Jordan Maruska (100 Free); and Hannah Wilson (200 Free, 50 Back)! The other top-finishes were swum by Jillian Berg, Kayla Bhagaloo, Ty Hollar, Marcus Innamorato, Jonathan Kern, Nathaniel Kern, Chris Kiederling, Erin Magnotta, Jordan Maruska, Billy Ruddy, Clare Schwartz, Evan Weinberger, Jillian Weinberger, Hannah Wilson, and Leah Wilson.
Despite the tremendous amount of Personal Best Times already earned this season, our swimmers have proven that they’re not done getting faster! Of the 224 NJB splashes over the weekend, 138 (about 60%) of them were best times. And as usual, some were just incredible drops like Reese Berg’s 200 Breast (-10.43), 100 Fly (-16.06), and 500 Free (-20.53); Kayla Bhagaloo’s 200 Back (-10.26); Sadie Cornelius’ 100 IM (-11.88); David Sabol’s 100 IM (-24.02); Jillian Weinberger’s 500 Free (-14.07); Kathryn Zaremba’s 100 Free (-15.81); and so many more…
Some of these times were new Gold Times by Zach Bezold (200 Breast); Alex Flanagan (100 Fly); Marcus Innamorato (100 Free, 50 Breast, 50 Free); Nathaniel Kern (50 Fly, 50 Free, 200 Free); Josh Langley (100 Fly); Erin Magnotta (100 Free); Jordan Maruska (100 Free, 200 Back); Sydney Mills (200 Back); Billy Ruddy (100 Fly, 100 Free, 50 Free); Clare Schwartz (100 Free, 200 Back); and Hannah Wilson (200 Free, 50 Back). There were a ton of new Silver times as well!
A special congratulations to our swimmers who collectively set a 21 new team records: Reese Berg (200 Back, 100 Breast, 200 Breast, 100 Fly); Nathaniel Kern (50 Free, 200 Free, 50 Fly); Hannah Wilson (100 Free, 200 Free, 50 Back); Marcus Innamorato (50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free, 100 Back, 50 Breast); Evan Weinberger (500 Free, 50 Fly, 100 Fly, 100 IM); Jordan Maruska (200 Back); and Zach Bezold (200 Breast).
Awards will be handed out in practices. Congratulations everyone!