BARRELING THROUGH: Francesca Fields helped the 200-yard medley relay team win the first event against Central Regional on Jan. 6, as the Southern girls swim team scored a 106-90 victory. (Photo by David Biggy)
The Southern Regional swim teams seem to be on cruise control – they’re cruising past every team they face.
Such was the case again on Jan. 6, when both the Rams girls and boys teams knocked off Central Regional. The girls defeated the Golden Eagles, 109-60, while the boys grabbed a 107-63 victory, as both squads remained undefeated at 6-0.
In the girls’ meet, Chloe Furlong, Francesca Fields, Brooke Boyd and Haley Skimmons started with a first-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay, clocking a time of 2:01.36, while Amalie Werner, Talia Duralek, Rachel Vazquez and Bella English took third place to give the Rams the immediate lead.
After Shae Centanni, Isabella Wyckoff and Rachel Short finished second, third and fourth in the 200-yard freestyle, the Rams pushed their lead higher when Julianna Marco and Payton Nork swiped second and third in the 200-yard individual medley, and Boyd, who won with a time of 27.07 seconds, Skimmons and Emma Mills swept the top three positions in the 50-yard freestyle.
Fields won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:07.68 before Centanni, Furlong and Wyckoff grabbed second, third and fourth in the 100-yard freestyle, and Nork won the 500-yard freestyle in 6:13.70 to all but seal the victory. Boyd, Fields, Skimmons and Centanni locked in the victory with a time of 1:52.54 in the 200-yard freestyle relay, followed by a second-place finish by the Southern quartet of Wyckoff, English, Mills and Nork.
After Furlong won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:09.77, Fields, Duralek and Skimmons placed second, third and fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke, and Nork, Mills, Wyckoff and Centanni finished off the Golden Eagles with a 4:11.98 to win the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Meanwhile, the boys blazed a similar path to success, which started with the foursome of Kristian Werner, Sean White, Jack Matthews and Cole Nemes capturing first in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:44.96, followed by a third-place effort from Luke Plesniarski, Caleb Westpy, Enzo Russino and Jake Jauch. Bryan Kahl, Nick Napolitano and Turner Ryon then finished second, third and fourth in the 200 free to send the Rams ahead to stay.
In the 200 IM, White and Jacob Werner grabbed second- and third-place points before Kristian Werner won the 50 free in 22.64 seconds, just ahead of Nemes in third and Sean Kahl in fourth. Matthews, Russino and Tyler Taglieri placed second, third and fourth in the 100 butterfly; Kristian Werner won the 100 free in 51.45 seconds, followed closely by Nemes and Sean Kahl, who snatched second and third, respectively.
After Jacob Werner, Bryan Kahl and Justin Pollina took second, third and fourth in the 500 free, the Kahl brothers teamed with Nemes and Kristian Werner to cruise to first place ion the 200 free relay with a time of 1:36.80, as Napolitano, Russino, Jauch and Jacob Werner snagged second.
Plesniarski and Jauch swiped second and third in the 100 backstroke, before White (1:01.29) and Westpy grabbed the top two spots in the 100 breaststroke, and Sean Kahl, White, Taglieri and Jacon Werner closed out the victory with a second-place finish in the 400 free relay.
Southern Indoor Track
In their first major indoor track and field meet in more than a year, the Southern Regional boys and girls secured second-place positions at the Ocean County Relays on Jan. 6. The boys missed the top spot by four points, finishing with 60 points behind Toms River North, while the girls racked up 51 points, also to finish behind the Mariners.
The Rams received relay victories by the 4×55-meter shuttle hurdle team of Dom Plesniarski, Gavin Lum, Taner Drexler and Luke Hart in 30.76 seconds as well as by Fabian Gonzalez and Jaiden Brown, who tossed the shot put 56 feet, 6¾ inches and 52 feet, 2¾ inches, respectively. The 4×200, sprint medley and 4×400 relays swiped fourth, while the 4×800 relay grabbed third place, and the distance medley finished second in 11:33.84.
For the girls, the shuttle hurdles team snagged second in 35.79 seconds, while the 4×200 squad finished third, the 4×400 team just missed first-place points while clocking a 4:17.22, and the sprint medley also placed second in 4:44.90. The 4×800 crew snagged third, while Megan Campanile cleared 4 feet, 10 inches to take the top spot of the high jump relay, and Kelly Enterline was the second individual among shot put relay competitors, finishing with a top throw of 35 feet, 9½ inches.
Capture First Win of Winter
After two losses to start the season, the Pinelands Regional wrestling team won its first match of the season during a quad on Jan. 9, beating Timber Creek, 56-23.
Josiah Hart kicked off the action with a 2:20 pin at 120 pounds before Mason Livio won a 12-4 major decision at 126, and Gio Rosetti gave the Wildcats a 16-5 lead with a pin in 3:02 at 138 pounds. Holding a 16-11 lead through five bouts, Antonio Esposito pinned in 57 seconds at 150 pounds before Nathan Ruf was awarded a forfeit victory. Nick Sheridan, who won a 14-5 major, and Gavin Wagner, who pinned in 5:48, added wins at 165 and 175. Anthony Aguanno pinned in 1:38 at 215 to seal the victory.
In the other two contests, Pinelands lost to Lower Cape May, 57-21, and fell to Shore Conference rival Wall, 45-22. Hart and Livio were the only two Wildcats to win bouts in all three matches.
Southern Girls Grab
First Victory of Season
It took six games, but the Southern Regional girls basketball team found its way onto the winning side of the scoreboard for the first time this winter on Jan. 6, knocking off Jackson Liberty, 37-28.
After the squads played to a 6-6 first-quarter tie, the Rams went on a 17-2 outburst during the second quarter to take command. A 12-8 spurt in the third quarter helped the Rams (1-6) secure the victory. Casey Collins led the way with 13 points and four steals, while Sklyar Soltis tallied 12 points, 17 rebounds and three blocked shots, and Sarah Lally snatched 14 boards.
— David Biggy