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Barnegat Boys Swim to New High at County Championships

Jan 24, 2018

The Barnegat High School boys swim team has been climbing the ranks within Ocean County for the past several years. But on Jan. 20, the Bengals proved how far they’ve come, as they finished fourth with 184 points at the Ocean County Championships.

Barnegat finished just 5.5 points behind third-place Jackson Memorial, while Toms River North cruised to the team title with 367 points. According to a Twitter post by head coach Emily Cherry, the Bengals mustered 20 personal-best times enroute to their highest finish in program history.

Starting off the meet, the 200-yard medley relay of Matt Zielinski, Dylan Cappuccio, Kyle Smith and Kaden Jason finished with a third-place time of 1:51.49. Later, Colby Pearson took seventh in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:58.89, and Cappuccio placed 10th in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:20.62. After Jason placed ninth in the always competitive 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.68 seconds, Smith swiped sixth in the 100-yard butterfly in 58.50 seconds and Mike Koser recorded a time of 55.53 seconds to take ninth in the 100-yard freestyle.

After Pearson placed ninth with a time of 5:37.00 in the 500-yard freestyle, the foursome of Gareth Aguilar, Koser, Pearson and Jason raced to a seventh-place time of 1:40.60 in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Zielinski led the way in the 100-yard backstroke, placing eighth in 1:04.70, while Cappuccio clocked a 1:09.54 in the 100-yard breaststroke to place eighth. Aguilar, Koser, Smith and Pearson finished off the big effort with a 3:42.69 to take fifth in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

For Southern Regional’s boys, Jackson Hughes grabbed fifth in the 50 free with a time of 23.18 seconds, and again took fifth in the 100 free with a time of 52.56 seconds. In the 100 backstroke, Thomas White finished seventh in 1:04.29 and Noah Hanvey placed ninth in 1:05.21.

A day earlier during the girls’ county meet, Southern placed fourth overall with 219 points, 26.5 behind Jackson Memorial. Donovan Catholic won the county title with 394 points.

After the Rams’ foursome of Jacquelyn Kilcommons, Mia Amirr, Olivia Davis and Abigail Malandro took sixth in the 200 medley relay with a time of 2:02.26, Phoebe Sprague delivered a seventh-place time of 2:06.16 in the 200 free. Later, Malandro scored fifth-place points in the 50 free with a time of 25.92 seconds and Hannah Skimmons wasn’t far behind in ninth with a time of 26.75 seconds.

Amirr grabbed the 10th spot in the 100 fly with a time of 1:07.92, while Malandro returned for the 100 free and took eighth in 58.44 seconds, and Sprague returned for the 500 free and took sixth in 5:48.61. After the team of Grace Sprague, Skimmons, Phoebe Sprague and Malandro cruised to a fourth-place time of 1:49.22 in the 200 free relay, Kilcommons swiped fifth (1:03.39) in the 100 backstroke, followed by Veronica Ruoff in seventh (1:08.59) and Kady Patterson in ninth (1:11.06). The quartet of Davis, Kaylyn Iusan, Skimmons and Phoebe Sprague finished off the meet with a fourth-place time of 4:06.13 in the 400 free relay.

For the Barnegat girls, senior Anna Sackett placed 10th in the 50 free with a time of 26.78 seconds and broke the minute mark (:59.93) to place 12th in the 100 free.

Southern Wrestlers Post Another Big Week

It may have been a simple formality following easy wins over Jackson Memorial and Central the week before, but the Southern Regional wrestling team still needed to win a pair of matches last week to capture its 10th straight Shore Conference Class A South title. With a 28-18 win over Toms River North on Jan. 16, followed by a 59-3 bruising of Brick the next night, the Rams did just that.

Yet that wasn’t the big news of the week for head coach John Stout’s crew. Instead, it was a three-point victory over perennial power South Plainfield on Jan. 20, followed by an equally impressive 18-point win over previously undefeated Point Pleasant Borough on Jan. 22, that really gave credence to the possibility the Rams are definitely contending for the NJSIAA Group V crown.

In a 29-26 win over the Tigers, Southern (14-1) built a 20-0 lead when Robert Woodcock won a 5-1 decision at 138 pounds, Nick Pepe scored a 4-3 win at 145, Nick O’Connell cruised to a 16-1, technical fall at 152, Dan Gorman won a 4-0 decision at 160, Vin Miele registered a 7-4 win at 170 and Ben LoParo notched a 3-1 victory at 182. South Plainfield climbed back into the match by winning three of the next four bouts, but Jayson Scerbo’s pin in 3:39 at 113 pounds scored the decisive six points to clinch the victory.

In Monday’s 38-20 win over the Panthers (14-1), the Rams won 10 of the 14 bouts, including nine of the last 11 after Point Pleasant Borough jumped out to an initial 10-3 lead. After Owen Kretschmer won a 5-2 decision at 120 pounds, Sebastian Delligatti pinned in 3:27 in the next bout to put the Rams ahead to stay. Woodcock, Matt Barnett, Pepe and O’Connell stretched the lead to 29-10 during the next four contests.

The Rams have won 12 straight matches since a 28-25 loss to High Point on Dec. 23. The team is scheduled to take on another perennial power when they visit Phillipsburg (7-2) on Saturday, Jan. 27.

— David Biggy

biggy@thesandpaper.net

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