Sports Roundup

Barnegat Swim Teams Extend Win Streaks With Victories Over Manchester

Dec 12, 2018

No doubt coaches Emily Cherry and Rebecca Kane were quite happy following their Barnegat swim teams’ meet against Manchester on Monday. Not only did their Bengals come home from the Ocean County YMCA victorious, it was the first time in a while both teams returned home sporting winning streaks.

Yes, the boys have been very good for several years now. But it seems the girls are on the rise this year, and Kane’s crew delivered in another nail-biter, knocking off the Hawks, 86-84, to improve to 2-1 so far this winter. The win was Barnegat’s second straight after edging Jackson Liberty, 81-79, on Dec. 5.

Against Manchester, Alexis Jackson scored first-place points in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 31.49 seconds, then followed with a 1:09.77 to win the 100-yard freestyle. Paige Menegus, Scarlett Roberts, Sydney Dizon and Annabelle Grogan combined for a 2:07.08 to snag first in the 200-yard freestyle relay, before Menegus immediately returned to the pool to swipe first in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:24.93 and Caroline Purdon capped the Bengals’ top efforts with a 1:40.19 in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Against Liberty, Grogan and Jackson were the only winners for Barnegat – Grogan taking the top spot in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:33.73 and Jackson snagging first in the 100 free with a time of 1:09.38.

Meanwhile, the Bengals boys cruised to 3-0 with easy victories over Manchester (110-60) and Liberty (129-39).

After Gareth Aguilar, Kyle Smith, Dylan Cappuccio and Michael Koser snatched first in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:52.17 against the Hawks, Smith came back in the 200-yard individual medley with a first-place time of 2:23.26, before Joshua Hutton won the 50 free in 25.12 seconds.

Koser added a victory in the 100 free with a time of 54:74 seconds, followed by a Cappuccio win in the 500-yard freestyle at 5:43.88 The 200 free relay team of Smith, Hutton, Joseph Coleman and Kaden Jason delivered first-place points in 1:39.06, before Gavin Wheeler won the 100 breaststroke in 1:29.59, and the 400-yard freestyle relay of Hutton, Aguilar, Coleman and Koser capped the team win by placing first in 3:48.22.

During the win over the Lions, Cappuccio, Aguilar, Jason and Smith started things off with a medley relay victory in 1:51.47, followed by Austin Cappuccio’s win in the 200 free with a time of 2:08.99 and Dylan Cappuccio’s victory in the 200 IM in 2:22.41. Jason won the 50 free in 24.21 seconds, Smith took first in the 100-yard butterfly in 59.07 seconds, and Hutton swiped the top spot in the 100 free with a time of 57.72 seconds.

After Dylan Cappuccio, Coleman, Jason and Ethan Sackett snagged first in the 200 free relay (1:39.96), Sackett came right back with a win in the 100-yard backstroke (1:17.66), Coleman delivered a win in the 100 breaststroke in 1:12.25, and Hutton, Smith, Aguilar and Austin Cappuccio finished off the team victory with a 3:46.89 in the 400 free relay.

Southern Ice Hockey Team
Knocks Off Brick

Whatever the problems were on offense the previous Friday against Point Pleasant Borough, it seems the Southern Regional ice hockey team figured out the solution during the week leading up to the Rams’ clash with Brick.

Christopher Laureigh scored a natural hat trick, including the eventual game-winning goal with 32 seconds left in the second period, and the Rams captured their second victory of the season with a 4-2 decision.

Laureigh assisted on Andrew Irwin’s goal 1:06 into the game, and Southern (2-1) took a 1-0 lead into the second period. The Green Dragons tied the contest on the power play with 10:58 to go in the second, but just over six minutes later Laureigh scored his first of three straight goals off assists from Yater Henry and A.J. Irwin, before Will DiStefao and Justin Braun assisted on Laureigh’s second goal of the period to make it 3-1.

In the third, Brick trimmed the deficit to a goal when Justin Iannarone scored his second goal of the game 2:39 into the period, and the lead remained at one until Kaitlyn Braun assisted Laureigh on the power play with three minutes left to seal the victory. Kaitlyn Braun finished with 20 saves in goal as well.

David Biggy

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