Stafford Leader

SRHS Boy Swimmers Buoyed By Underclassmen; Promising Outlook for Girls Team

Dec 08, 2017

A nucleus of underclassmen will play a big role in whether the Southern Regional boys varsity swim team can improve on last year’s 6-4 record.

Heather Clarey begins her third year as coach, sporting an 11-9-1 career mark. She previously had served as an assistant coach for nine seasons.

Senior captains are Nicholas Botyan, Tyler Ciaccio and Vincent Caprio. Other key returnees are juniors Logan Schmitt and Thomas White and sophomores Jackson Hughes, Gregory Lee, Aidan McInerney and Kameroin Davis.

Newcomers include freshmen Paul Adanatzian, Thomas Deakyne and Wilhelm Beckett Jaffe.

“The team looks to remain competitive in A-South and continue to solidify its foundation,” said Clarey. “We have a young team, but they make up the base of our system. We have a strong group of sophomores. We hope to continue our tradition of being a successful program.”

She said teams to beat are Toms River North, Toms River South and Jackson Memorial.

The team opened its season Dec. 6 against Toms River East at the Rams’ home facility, the St. Francis Aquatic Center in Brant Beach.

To be one of the top teams in the Shore Conference Class A South division again this winter, the Southern girls squad under head coach Bill Entrikin’s leadership will have to find a way to replace the many points lost by those who graduated in June, namely Gabrielle Cabaron, Laura Patterson and Abigael Coughlin. During last year's 11-2 season, Southern won its first-ever NJSIAA South Jersey Public A contest, advancing to the semifinals before being knocked off by eventual section champ Cherry Hill East. Repeating that effort may not be easy.

“I feel this year’s strength, as in years past, will be our depth and mental toughness,” said Entrikin. “The returning swimmers experienced quite a bit of success last season and look to carry it over to this season.”

These include Jacquelyn Kilcommons, Abby Malandro, Hannah Skimmons, Brianna Krebs, Olivia Davis, Kristin Maurer, Abbey Mower, Kady Patterson, Mia Amirr and Gracie Sprague. Several promising newcomers include freshmen Kaylyn Iusan, Mya Pierson and Phoebe Sprague. Roughly two-thirds of the squad consist of sophomores and freshmen.

“The underclassmen will have to step up,” said Entrikin. “I expect this team to improve throughout the season and to be very competitive in the Class A South and the Ocean County championships. Our toughest competition will be our meets against Toms River North, Mainland Regional, Jackson Memorial and Toms River South.  One goal for the team would be to reach the NJSIAA Tournament again this season.”  E.E.

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