Senior Kaylyn Iusan is 1 of a lot of from a sound main of swimmers returning to the lineup for the Southern Regional women swim crew this year. (Picture by David Biggy)
Like almost everything else through the past 11 months, the high faculty swimming time is likely to glance and experience diverse for the reason that of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. By now starting off quite a few months afterwards than standard – when they’d commonly be completed competing for the year – this year’s time commences this 7 days.
“Our program’s No. 1 purpose is to have each swimmer leave exercise each day with a smile on her deal with,” claimed Southern Regional women coach Bill Entrikin. “These ladies have currently dropped so significantly thanks to the pandemic in phrases of not staying in college just about every working day with their peers, shedding very last spring sporting activities season, and just dwelling in much more isolation than any other era has ever experienced to encounter.”
Socially distant tactics, workforce bonding actions and new protection protocols in an attempt to preserve the coronavirus at bay are a lot more demanding this wintertime than swimmers dropping periods in their several situations. And even however the preseason has been a lot shorter than the common 1, the swimmers are all set to contend.
“Our swimmers are raring to go,” mentioned Barnegat boys coach Emily Cherry. “They have been ready for the period to commence for 2½ months and they are excited to see what the season retains. While the period is shorter than we would like, the swimmers are decided to make the most effective of it. Between COVID constraints and snow, the first 7 days has been a bit more hectic than we would like, but the swimmers are doing work tough and owning exciting. They’re joyful to be back again in the water and doing their ideal to improve just about every and every day.”
Of system, the first objective for every single crew is to steer distinct of COVID-19.
Beck Jaffe is the only senior on this year’s Southern Regional boys squad. (Photo by David Biggy)
“This period, our most important goal is for all people to continue to be healthy and for us to get a whole season in,” claimed Southern boys coach Patrick Craig. “We have been thrown a ton of curve balls so far. With as quick as this season is starting, the boys have been up for the problem.”
Are Still Good
Immediately after profitable the program’s to start with Ocean County championship and finishing the regular time undefeated at 10- previous winter, Entrikin’s Rams may have more than enough swimmers returning to the lineup to have yet another undefeated year. Southern dropped a several outstanding swimmers to graduation but also highlighted a load of stable underclassmen and that need to profit the Rams through this shortened year.
“It’s really tricky to set expectations this time,” Entrikin stated. “If we can stay balanced as a group, I be expecting we will be incredibly competitive in Course A South and may possibly have an opportunity to repeat as A South champs.”
Unfortunately, the Rams likely will not get an chance to repeat as county champs this winter season – tournaments and county fulfills are off the board proper now – but a operate through their division opponents definitely seems to be a likelihood, especially specified the team’s depth.
To do so, Southern will count on the solid core that returns from last year, which include seniors Hallie Gallagher, Kaylyn Iusan, Mya Pierson, Phoebe Sprague and Victoria Clarington, as well as juniors Brooke Boyd, Mohini Jani, Leah Keenan, Jessica Paulillo, Haley Skimmons, Rachel Vazquez and Lauren Pascucci, and sophomores Chloe Furlong, Madeline Krason, Payton Nork, Isabella Wyckoff, Katelyn Skipper, Emma Mills, Bridget Minimal and Gianna Giglioli.
Incorporating to the roster will be very first-12 months senior Camilla DiGiacinto – a overseas trade pupil from Italy with a lot of swimming encounter – and freshmen Shae Centanni, Talia Duralek, Katherine Hill, Grace Leavitt, Ava Morrow, Christian Pascucci, Erin Small, Ava Rodgers and Halle Keys.
“So considerably, the ladies have been unquestionably astounding in follow,” Entrikin said. “They’ve all been pretty understanding and have tailored pretty nicely to the variations in the structure of methods. Each individual working day has been the very best day of observe. Appropriate now, we’re just concentrating on getting the ladies in swimming condition and prepared to race in our initial meet.”
Equally the Southern ladies and boys squared off from A South foe Brick Memorial on Tuesday, Feb. 16.
As for the boys, Craig’s crew is not pretty as deep as it was a season back immediately after the Rams, who also concluded the frequent season undefeated (11-) and later achieved the NJSIAA South Jersey Team A semifinals for the initially time in application background, lost a slew of seniors to graduation.
“We dropped a good team of swimmers final year,” Craig claimed. “This yr, our boys are prepared to select up wherever we left off. Every single working day is critical, whether it’s a exercise, meet up with, or an off-day. They’re all vital. Every swimmer should do his component, equally in the pool and exterior of the pool. Keeping wholesome and undertaking what they can not only allows safeguard their family members and friends, but the team.”
Senior Sydney Dizon will be a single of the leaders for the Barnegat ladies group this wintertime. (Picture by David Biggy)
With Beck Jaffe main the way as the only senior on the squad, a strong junior group will attribute Cole Nemes, Sean White, Caleb Westpy, Kristian Werner, Matt Adams, Jack Burgos, Bryan Kahl, Jake Jauch, Tyler Taglieri and Jack Matthews. The sophomores are Sean Hanvey, Nick Napolitano, Justin Pollina and Luke Plesniarski. New to the group are freshmen Jake Werner, Matthew Lange, Lukas Davis, Angelo Addiego, Silas Committee, Matt Compitello, Sean Kahl and Enzo Russino.
Barnegat Ladies, Boys
Purpose for Improvement
For the initial time in yrs, the Barnegat boys may perhaps be staring at additional of a rebuilding period, subsequent the graduation of one more good group of seniors from very last winter’s 6-4 squad. In the meantime, the women, 2-8 a 12 months in the past, should really be an improved bunch with a huge main of returning swimmers.
“The boys missing some solid swimmers to graduation, but we still have a main group which is doing work difficult and seeking to make their mark,” Cherry stated. “We’re on the lookout forward to seeing some of our underclassmen, who possibly have not had the option to glow as a great deal in excess of the past several yrs, seriously action up, test some new occasions and swim hard.”
A reasonably modest staff when compared to previous many years, the Bengals will be led by seniors Kyle Agudo, Christopher Longo, Francisco Rosario, Ethan Sackett and Gavin Wheeler, while the junior crew is composed of Declan Lustenberger, Ryan Shager, Logan Wheeler, Jeremiah Velez, Justin Sullivan, Daniel Ohr, Anthony Idone, Joseph Fiorentino, Noah Jeremias and Emanuel Valles.
Barnegat’s sophomore course features Brandon Bermudez, Ryan Grant and Chase Bringoli, and the incoming freshman class is manufactured up of Tyler Finkle, Bradley Ortiz, Christopher Schumann and Joseph Valles.
“The girls have the premier crew they’ve experienced in a several decades with a strong core group returning,” claimed girls mentor Rebecca Kane. “We only misplaced two to graduation past 12 months, so our group is young but full of possible expertise. We’re psyched to see what they can do this year, given that we have the numbers and the depth to make much more of a mark.”
Senior Ethan Sackett is one of relatively tiny team of experienced swimmers returning to the Barnegat boys group this year. (Picture by David Biggy)
The senior core features Sydney Dizon, Alexis Jackson, Gabriela Kovaly, Paige Menegus, Scarlett Roberts and Ashley Sojak. Mikayla Dobbin, Kirsten Langan, Erin Lustenberger, Jessica Notaro and Nicole Schiverea make up the junior group, and adding to the depth are sophomores Delaney and Morgan Dobbin, Hailee Lutz, Priscilla Pires, Grace Watts, Emily McAvoy and Gabriella Giaconia. The newcomers to the squad are freshmen Julia Brown, Siena Desai, Rafaela Hernandez, Emalie Menegus, Catherine Ryan, Alyson Sojak, Riley Seagriff and Madison Connors.
The Barnegat boys and ladies squads had been slated to open up the time Thursday, Feb. 18, in opposition to Shore Convention Course B South rival Manchester.
— David Biggy