Barnegat Boys Swim Team Is Solid Crew at 6-2
It’s true, the Barnegat High School boys swimming team has competed in just four meets so far in 2017, one of which was the Ocean County Championships. But the good thing is there’s been a lot of success for the Bengals, so the limited schedule doesn’t seem to be bothering them much.
In fact, Barnegat has trounced its more recent opponents and fared very well at the county meet. Now the Bengals stand at 6-2 overall, with just a couple of regular-season contests left, in addition to the Shore Conference Championships and the state team tournament.
At their latest meet on Jan. 17, the Bengals scored a 94-76 victory over Toms River South, as Gareth Aguilar raced to victory in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 0:57.22; Dan Koser cruised to a first-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:11.61; and the crew of Aguilar, Koser, Colby Pearson and Kyle Smith snatched the top spot in the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:49.55.
A week earlier against Donovan Catholic, Aguilar, Koser, Pearson and Smith started the Bengals with a win in 1:53.84 during the 200-yard medley relay, and they never looked back, cruising to a 119-51 rout of the Griffins.
Maxwell Lares won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:18.48, while Aguilar won the 50-yard freestyle in 25.41 seconds, and Matthew Zielinski was victorious in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:01.09, as well as the 100-yard backstroke in 1:09.78. Koser added a win in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:52.63, and Dylan Cappucio grabbed first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:12.22.
In both freestyle relays, Aguilar, Pearson, Koser and Smith captured victories – in 1:43.65 during the 200-yard free relay and in 3:53.52 during the 400 free relay.
The Barnegat boys placed eighth overall with 143 points during the Ocean County meet. The Bengals scored 56 of their points with two relays, as the crew of Aguilar, Koser, Smith and Vincent Bolognese took fifth in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:52.55 to start the county meet; and the quartet of Aguilar, Bolognese, Koser and Pearson finished the meet with a fifth-place position in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:45.25.
In between the first and last relays, the Bengals received top-10 points when Smith finished eighth in the 100 butterfly in 1:00.80; Koser took fifth in the 100 free with a time of 51.53 seconds; Aguilar grabbed 10th in the 100 backstroke in 1:09.05; and Koser came back with an eighth-place finish in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:08.39.
For the Barnegat girls, Anna Sackett was the highest individual finisher in any event, placing 10th in 27.26 seconds in the 50 free and 10th in the 100 free with a time of 1:00.33.
Unfortunately, the girls have had little success in dual meets, holding a 1-7 record to date. Against Toms River South, the Bengals lost, 120-48, a week after falling to Donovan, 109-61. The highlight against the Indians occurred when Caitlin Lustenberger won the 100 backstroke in 1:14.61. The Bengals didn’t win any of the 11 events against the Griffins.
Barnegat’s only victory occurred with an 85-80 triumph over Shore Conference Class B South rival Lacey on Dec. 19. In that contest, Jaclyn Holohan won the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 butterfly, while Sackett won the 50 free and 100 breaststroke, and Lusternberger took first in the 100 backstroke. Sackett, Holohan, Ashlee Caswell and Nicole Kondrk teamed up to win the medley relay as well.
— David Biggy