Cabaron’s Record-Setting High School Career Comes to End; Barnegat Girls Hoops Ousted in State Tourney
Southern Regional star swimmer Gabrielle Cabaron’s career came to an end on March 4, as she competed among the state’s best during the NJSIAA Swimming Meet of Champions at Gloucester County Institute of Technology in Sewell. Unfortunately, four-tenths of a second in several events often makes the difference between reaching the finals and having a career ended in the preliminary heats.
Such was the case for Cabaron, who ended up placing 25th in the 50-yard freestyle following a prelim-heat swim of 24.86 seconds, .07 faster than her qualifying time earlier in the season. She missed qualifying for the March 5 finals – for which the top-16 swimmers in each event advance – by .39. Ultimately, Ryann Styer of Ocean City captured the state title with a time of 23.16 seconds.
Finishing 25th in the state in the fastest event, which typically is loaded with excellent sprint swimmers, is a feat in itself. Southern assistant Kate Baker tweeted as such, posting, “Super proud of this gal!” following her prelim swim.
In the 100-yard breaststroke, Cabaron ended up 30th overall following a prelim-heat time of 1:08.19, roughly two seconds behind Jenna Yan of J.P. Stevens, who qualified 16th. Cabaron wrapped up a standout career, which includes the Rams’ career points record and each individual event record, as well as being a part of all three relay records.
Barnegat Girls Hoops
Ousted in Quarterfinals
Following a solid 30-point victory in the opening round of the NJSIAA South Jersey Group II tournament, the eighth-seeded Barnegat High School girls basketball team had its season ended in the quarterfinals with a 59-37 loss to top-seeded Middle Township on March 1.
The Bengals (16-12), who finished with the most wins for a season in school history, fell behind the Panthers, 13-6, in the first quarter and never got back into the contest, as Middle opened up a 26-12 lead by halftime. A 21-11 outburst in the third quarter sealed the victory. Middle ultimately reached the sectional final on March 6, before losing to Shore Conference Class B South division champ Manchester.
Against the Panthers, Barnegat junior Shannon McCoy finished with 16 points and seven rebounds, while senior Ashley Toner ended her career with a nine-point effort. Junior Ginalee Erskine scored four points, as did senior Roxy Urso. Senior Kate Siciliano added five boards.
For the season, McCoy finished with 431 points, an average of just over 15 points per game, and 212 rebounds, an average of 7.5 per game. Toner finished with 293 points, 103 assists and 54 steals.
— David Biggy