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Bernards High School Swim Team
Home Page Last revised: February 5, 2016.

Team News & Announcements

  • 2015-2016 is the 28th season for BHS Swim Team and Head Coach Ed Tsuzuki

  • Overall record:  72-72-1 Co-Ed Team, 85-48 Boys Team, 109-65-5 Girls Team)

  • This season: Girls 5-3-1, Boys 10-0

  • Girls finish 9th (out of 19) and boys finish 6th (out of 18) at the 2016 Skyland Conference meet
  • Girls are named Skyland Conference Raritan Division Champions for 2012 and 2013

  • Boys are named Skyland Conference Raritan Division Champions for 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Boys finished 6th (out of 11) and Girls 8th (out of 12) at the 2016 Somerset County meet

  • Girls and boys were semi-finalists in the 2015 North II, Group C State Playoffs

Bernards Boys Beat Hopewell Valley in Quarterfinal of Central C State Playoffs

4th seed Hopewell Valley fell to 5th seed Bernards 98-72 in the quarterfinal round of the Central, Group C state playoffs at the Pennington School on February 4.  The boys won every event except one individual and one relay behing Matt Voight's quadruple gold medal swims in the 500 free and 100 back along with his legs in the 200 medley and 400 free relays.  Matt lowered his own #4 BHS Top 5 500 time to a 5:04.86 as he held off a fast charging Hopewell swimmer at 5:04.93.  About 5 minutes later, Matt repeated his first round playoff performance with another win in the backstroke.  Matt swam the leadoff leg in the medley relay followed by Ryan Van Dijk, Julian Baxter and Mike Doerr and he also swam on the victorious 400 free relay with Alex Kiel, Julian Baxter and Ben Baxter.  Ben also contributed two individual wins in the 200 free and the fly and anchored the 200 free relay behind Ryan, Alex and Mike which was touched out by 21 hundredths of a second. Other individual winners for Bernards were Julian (IM), Alex (100 free) and Ryan (breast).  Julian (fly) and Ryan (50 free) contributed second place points as well.  Big third place finishes were recorded by Ross Zazzarino (IM and breast), John Leskauskas (100 free) and Nick Schwed (500 free) as well as the 400 free relay team of Nick, Nicholas Falivene, Chris Van Dijk and John.  The 10-0 Bernards boys will now face the top seed, Lawrence in the semifinal round of the playoffs.

The Bernards boys will swim against Lawrence at Lawrence High School on Monday, February 8 at 4:00pm..
The Bernards girls and boys will continue their regular season against Warren Hills on Wednesday, February 10 at the Somerset Hills YMCA at 8:15pm.

Bernards Splits Meets in the First Round of the Central C State Playoffs

The 5th seeded Bernards boys extended their win streak to 9 is as many outings with a 107-63 win over 8th seed Ocean Township in the first round of the Central, Group C state playoffs at the Somerset Hills YMCA on February 2.  The boys won every event except one as Ben Baxter (200 free, fly) and Ryan Van Dijk (IM, breast) each grabbed the top spot in both of their individual events and also swam on two first place relays.  Ben anchored both freestyle relays behind Ryan, Alex Kiel and Julian Baxter in the 200 and Mike Doerr, Nick Schwed and Alex in the 400.  The 200 free relay time was good enough to squeeze on to the all-time BHS Top 5 list with a 1:33.62.  Additional gold medal swims were posted by Julian (50 free), Alex (100 free) and Matt Voight (back).  Matt swam his winning backstroke event only about 5 minutes after blasting out a 5:04.91 in the 500 free - moving his #5 spot up to the #4 all-time position!  Matt also swam the lead position in the first place medley relay, followed by Ryan, Julian and Mike.  Ross Zazzarino added to the scoring with two silver medals in the IM and breaststroke and Alex (200 free), Mike (50 free), Nick (500 free) and Chris Van Dijk put up critical third place points.  The Bernards boys will face 4th seed, Hopewell in the quarter final round of the playoffs.

The girls, seeded 6th fell to the 7th seed, Metuchen, 67-103.  The girls won the final relay with Jessica Snyder, Ali Maffei, Caroline Casella and Megan Sardis and fought to a second and third or second and fourth place finish in almost every event.  The medley relay of Megan, Jessica, Mallika Negi and Caroline and the 200 free relay of Mallika, Kristen Sardis, Caroline Van Dijk and Ali both had runner up finishes as did Megan (fly and back), Ali (200 and 500 free), Caroline (100 free), Jessica (IM) and Zoe Bender (breast) in the individual events.

The Bernards boys will swim against Hopewell Valley at Pennington Prep on Thursday, February 4.
The Bernards girls and boys will continue their regular season against Warren Hills on Wednesday, February 10 at the Somerset Hills YMCA at 8:15pm.

Bernards Boys Beat Phillispburg and Girls Tie (Again!)

The Bernards girls swam to an 85-85 tie for the second year in a row against Phillipsburg, this year at the Bernards home pool at the Somerset Hills YMCA on January 27.  It was a tough battle for second place in the Raritan Division of the Skyland Conference as the lead flip flopped back and forth through the last 5 events of the meet.  Megan Sardis won the butterfly and the backstroke events and also opened the winning medley relay, followed by Jessica Snyder, Mallika Negi and Caroline Casella.  Jessica added a victory in the 500 free as did Ali Maffei in the 200 free and Kristen Sardis in the breaststroke.  Second place points were added by Kristen (200 free), Mallika Negi (IM), Caroline Casella (50 free) and Zoe Bender (breast).  The two free relays also added silver medal finishes as Ali, Kristen, Mallika and Caroline swam the 200 and Caroline, Ali, Natalia Youssef and Kristen swam the 400.  The girls record is now 5-2-1.

The boys continue to dominate their opponents this season - scoring greater than 100 points in every (6 lane) dual meet and extending their record to 8-0 with a 108-62 victory over Phillipsburg.  The boys took every event except the 200 free relay as Ben Baxter (fly and back) and Ryan Van Dijk (IM and breast) each won their individual events. Ben also led off the first place medley followed by Ross Zazzarino, Julian Baxter and Chris Van Dijk.  Alex Kiel (200 free), Julian (50 free), John Leskauskas (100 free) and Nick Schwed (500 free) added wins and Alex, John and Nick were joined by Michael Doerr to capture the 400 free relay.  The medley relay team of Matt Voight, Ryan, Nicholas Falivene and Michael added a second place finisn and the 200 free relay team of Thomas Perone, Andrew Browne, George Wadsworth and Patrick Lobo contributed third place points.

Bernards Defeats Franklin, Boys Remain Undefeated

On Wednesday, January 20th, the Bernards boys and girls swim teams swept Franklin at Rutgers College Ave pool.  The girls (5-2) outscored Franklin 57-37, while the boys (7-0) outpointed 74-20.  Winning individual events for Bernards were Megan Sardis (200 Free), Mallika Negi (200 IM), Caroline Van Dijk (50 Free), Ali Maffei (100 Fly), Caroline Casella (100 Free), Jessica Snyder (500 Free), and Kristen Sardis (100 Breast).  Contributing relay wins were Caroline C, Jessica, Kristen, and Ali in the medley, and Ali, Jessica, Silvie Coheleach, and Caroline V in the 400 Free Relay.  Further best times were posted by Maren Petrie (200 IM), Katie Lazaar (50 Free, 100 Free split), Maria Vazquez (100 Fly), and Lindsay Browne (100 Breast).

On the boys side individual event winners were Alex Kiel (200 Free), Ross Zazzarino (200 IM), Michael Doerr (50 Free), Ryan van Dijk (100 Fly), Ben Baxter (100 Free), Nick Schwed (500 Free), Julian Baxter (100 Back), and Chris Van Dijk (100 Breast).  All three relay events completed a sweep of every event with a medley of Ben, Ryan, Julian, and Nick, a 200 free relay of Alex, Ross, Michael, and Matt Voight, and a 400 free relay of Matt, Michael, Nick S and Nick Favilene.  Further best times were posted by Andrew Browne (200 Free, 50 Free, and 100 Free split), Chris Van Dijk (100 Breast), Ross Zazzarino (100 Free split), Leo Kirkpatrick Baird (100 Free split), and Patrick Lobo (100 Free split).

Bernards Girls and Boys Finish as the Top Teams in Raritan Division at the Skyland Conference Championships

The Bernards girls team, swimming with a full roster finished in 9th place out of 19 teams in the Skyland Conference at the Skyland Conference Championship meet at Montgomery High School on January 16.  Bernards finished with the most points of all the teams in the Raritan Division of the conference as the top 8 teams were all from the Delaware Division.  Megan Sardis, Jessica Snyder, Mallika Negi and Caroline Casella opened the meet with a Meet of Champions qualifying time in the 200 medley relay, placing 7th overall.  Their time of 1:53.58 was the 3rd fastest time in Bernards history and the fastest girls medley since 2003.  Megan continued her incredible evening by placing 6th in the butterfly and 3rd in the backstroke.  Her 58.33 in the back was the 2nd fastest time for BHS, just 0.06 seconds off the school record set by Tatiana Prendella last year.  Megan finished the evening by leading off the 7th place 400 free relay, which she swam with Caroline Casella, Caroline Van Dijk and Ali Maffei.  Jessica also scored in both of her individual events, with a 9th place in the individual medley and am 8th in the breaststroke. Jessica also swam on the 10th place 200 freestyle relay with Ali, Caroline V and Mallika.  Kristen Sardis added a 10th place finish in the breaststroke and both Jessica and Kristen broke in to the BHS Top 5 all-time list for that event.  Jessica's 1:10.78 puts her in the #4 spot and Kristen's 1:11.90 secures the #5 spot.  Caroline C finished off the scoring for Bernards with an 11th place finish in the 100 free.

The boys finished in 6th place out of 18 teams in their rescheduled session on Monday, January 18, also placing the highest of all teams in the Raritan Division.

Bernards Resumes Winning Ways with Strong Win Over Voorhees

Both the girls and boys teams posted many fast times to down Voorhees at the Somerset Hills YMCA on January 6.  The girls improved their season record to 4-2 with a 126-43 win while the boys kept their unbeaten streak alive at 6-0 with a 125-41 lopsided victory.  The girls took the top two spots in all but two events as Megan Sardis and Jessica Snyder each took two individual events and also swam on two gold medal relays.  Megan won the 200 free and backstroke while Jessica took the IM and breaststroke.  The two also won the medley relay together with Ali Maffei and Caroline Casella.  Megan anchored the 400 free relay after Mallika Negi, Caroline and Kristen Sardis and Jessica led off the 200 free relay in front of Ali, Kristen and Mallika. Mallika added a win in the butterfly and Caroline touched first in the 100 free.  The other first place win for Bernards was recorded by Caroline Van Dijk in the 500 free.  The two relays that took the silver were swum by Ciara Guglietta, Zoe Bender, Caroline V and Maren Petrie in the medley and Caroline V, Silvie Coheleach, Ciara and Zoe in the 400 free.

The boys racked up a lot of power points as they not only swam many PRs but also posted three all-time Top 5 swims.  The medley relay team of Ben Baxter, Ryan Van Dijk, Julian Baxter and Alex Kiel finished with a Meet of Champions qualifying 1:42.14, which was also good enough to claim the #2 all-time spot.  Ben Baxter had a banner day as he also improved his own #2 all-time spot with a very fast 54.08 in the 100 fly, touched first in the backstroke and then anchored the 400 free relay behind Alex, Matt Voight and Julian.  Matt also swam the fifth fastest 500 free in Bernards history with a 5:11.62, won the 200 free and started off the winning 200 free relay, followed by Michael Doerr, Ross Zazzarino and Ryan.  Also with 4 overall gold medals was Alex Kiel as he won both sprint freestyle events.  Ryan took the IM and Ross the breast to complete the list of Bernards wins.  Like the girls, the boys also swept the medley and 400 free relays.  The team of John Leskauskas, Ross, Nicholas Favilene and Michael took silver in the medley as did Chris Van Dijk, Nick Schwed, Nicholas and John in the 400 free relay.

Bernards Boys Remain Undefeated With Victory Over Caldwell

The Bernards boys improved their record to 5-0 with a convincing 115-52 victory over James Caldwell at the Somerset Hills YMCA on December 23.  Bernards went 1-2 or 1-3 in every event as Alex Kiel (200 and 500 free), Matt Voight (IM and fly) and Ross Zazzarino (50 free and breast) each won two individual events.  Alex and Matt also added wins in the medley relay and the 400 free relay.  They were joined by John Leskauskas and Ryan Van Dijk in the medley and by Nick Schwed and Michael Doerr in the free relay.  John also won the backstroke and Ryan the 100 free.  Ross, Michael and Ryan teamed up with Chris Van Dijk to take the 200 free relay.  Second place finishes were posted by Nick in the 200 and 500 free, Ryan in the IM, Nicholas Favilene in the back and by the 400 free relay team of Thomas Perone, Nicholas, John and Leo Kirkpatrick Baird.

The girls swam fast, but not fast enough as they fell to 3-2 with a 78-92 loss to the Caldwell girls.  Bernards won both 200 yard relays as Megan Sardis, Jessica Snyder, Ali Maffei and Caroline Casella touched first in the medley and Jessica, Alexis Buzby, Caroline Van Dijk and Kristen Sardis grabbed the gold in the free,  Adding individual wins were Ali in the fly and Megan in the back.

Bernards Girls Lose, Boys Win Against North Hunterdon

The Bernards girls put up a valiant fight, posting best times in almost every lane but ended up losing to a very deep North Hunterdon team 76-94 while the boys extended their career streak against North Hunterdon to 10-0, and their current season to 4-0 with a 109-60 win.  The girls were led by Megan Sardis who won both the 200 and 500 freestyle events and Jessica Snyder who took the 100 breaststroke with a Bernards All-Time #5 time of 1:12.59.  Megan also swam on two second place relays with Jessica, Ali Maffei and Caroline Casella in the medley and Caroline, Ali and Kristen Sardis in the 400 free.  The 200 free relay squad of Zoe Bender, Natalia Youssef, Ciara Guglietta and Kristen also took the silver.  Individual second places finishes went to Kristen (IM) and Alexis Buzby (50 free), and very important third place swims were recorded by Caroline (100 free, back), Natalia Youssef (200 and 500 free), Jessica (IM), Caroline Van Dijk (50) and Ali (fly). The girls are now 3-1 for the season.

The boys kicked off the meet with the 5th fastest time in Bernards history in the medley relay swum by Ben Baxter, Ryan Van Dijk, Julian Baxter and Michael Doerr.  Ben also posted the second fastest time ever for Bernards in the fly with a 54.46 and also won the backstroke before anchoring the runner up 400 free relay behind Patrick Lobo, Julian and Alex Kiel.  Also grabbing gold in the individual events were Nicholas Favilene (100 free) and Ryan (breast) as did the 400 free relay team of Chris Van Dijk, Michael, Nick Schwed and Matt Voight. In addition to these top spot, the Bernards boys took every second place spot behind the efforts of John Leskauskas (200 free), Julian (IM and fly), Nick Schwed (50 and 500 free), Chris (100 free), Matt (back), and Ross Zazzarino (breast).

Bernards Girls and Boys Swim Teams Advance to 3-0 with Victory Against Somerville

The Bernards girls and boys kept their winning streak alive with convincing wins over Somerville at the Somerset Valley YMCA on December 16.  The girls won by a score of 118-52, winning every event except the 200 free and the boys outscored Somerville by almost the same score - 117-52 as they managed to win every event.  In fact, both the girls and the boys went 1-2 or 1-3 in every event (except the girls 200 free).  The girls had three triple event winners, led by veteran Megan Sardis who led off the medley relay and also took the 100 free and back events. Freshmen Mallika Negi (50 free and fly) and Jessica Snyder (IM and breast) also won their individual events and swam on the winning medley relay team with Megan and Ali Maffei, who also touched first in the 500 free.  The girls also won both free relays with the 200 relay team of Caroline Van Dijk, Alexis Buzby, Zoe Bender and Silvie Coheleach and the 400 relay team of Jenna Jacobs, Silvie, Caroline Casella, and Caroline V.

The boys senior co-captain, Ben Baxter swam a leg on all 3 gold medal relays and also won the individual medley. Swimming on the winning relays with Ben were Alex Kiel, Julian Baxter and Chris Van Dijk on the medley, Chris, Alex and Ryan Van Dijk on the 200 free, and Nick Schwed, John Leskauskas and Ryan on the 400 free.  Julian put two individual first place points on the board in the 50 free and the back, and winning one event each were Ross Zazzarino (200 free), Matt Voight (fly), John (100 free), Nick (500 free) and Alex (breast).  In a rare relay sweep, John, Ryan, Nicholas Favilene and Matt also beat both of Somerville's teams in the opening medley relay.

Bernards Girls and Boys Swim Teams Continue Strong Start with Wins Over Rutgers Prep

The Bernards girls and boys swim teams faced Rutgers Prep for the fourth time, but the first time as separate girls and boys teams, on December 9 at the Somerset Hills YMCA. The girls swam past Rutgers Prep 121-31 while the boys won with a score of 111-54.  The girls were led by triple winners Ali Maffei and Caroline Van Dijk as they won every event of the evening.  Ali and Caroline swam together on the winning medley relay along with Megan Sardis and Jessica Snyder.  Ali won the individual medley and Caroline tied for first place with Alexis Buzby in the 50 free.  Ali then swam on the first place 400 free relay with Silvie Coheleach, Kristen Sardis and Caroline Casella and Caroline V teamed up with Alexis, Zoe Bender, and Mallika Negi to take gold in the 200 free relay.  Other individual winners for the Bernards girls were Megan (200 free), Mallika (fly), Ciara Guglietta (100 free), Silvie (500 free), Caroline C (back), and Jessica (breast).  Bernards also took silver in the medley relay with the team of Ciara, Lindsay Browne, Maren Petrie and Jenna Jacobs, as well as the 400 free relay with Lauren Browne, Maria Vazquez, Katie Lazaar, and Jenna.

The boys took 9 of the 11 events and swept (1-2) the medley and 200 free relays.  Leading the scoring for the Bernards boys was Julian Baxter who won the individual medley and the fly and also swam the lead-off leg of the 200 free relay followed by Ross Zazzarino, Chris Van Dijk and Alex Kiel.  Finishing second to that relay was the Bernards squad of Thomas Perone, George Wadsworth, Ryan Van Dijk and John Leskauskas.  Alex (200 free), Ross (50 free), John (100 free) and Ben (back) each added individual first place points and the medley relay teams of John, Ryan, Julian and Michael Doerr (1st) and Ben, Thomas, George and Chris swept the medley.  The last gold medal of the evening went to the 400 free relay foursome of Nick Schwed, Matt Voight, Nicholas Favilene and Ben.

Bernards Swim Team Rewrites the (Unofficial) Record Book at the Cougar Relays

The Bernards swim team competed at the annual Cougar Relay meet at Montgomery High School on December 4 and won 6 of the 12 events, setting new school records in 4 of them. Several of the events (e.g. 200 backstroke relay, coed 4 x 100 IM relay, etc.) are not official events, but we still track our fastest times in these events each year - some of which have not been broken since 2006.  The first record taken down was the girls 200 breaststroke relay where Kristen Sardis, Zoe Bender, Caroline Van Dijk and Jessica Snyder posted a 2:21.74 - 3 seconds faster than the 2007 standard.  In the next event, Caroline Casella, Kristen, Ciara Guglietta and Megan Sardis took down the 2012 record in the girls 200 backstroke relay with a solid 2:03.86.  Not to be outdone, the boys team of Matthew Voight, John Leskauskas, Nicholas Favilene and Ben Baxter followed right behind that with a very fast 1:51.56 in the boys backstroke relay taking down a 2008 record.  Finally, in the coed 200 fly relay, Julian Baxter, Ali Maffei, Mallika Negi and Ben wiped another 2008 record off the books with a  blazing 1:47.17.   Gold medal performances were recorded in the boys medley relay (John, Ryan Van Dijk, Ben and Alex Kiel) and the coed 400 free relay (John, Caroline, Megan and Alex).  Perhaps the most exciting race of the meet was the coed 4 x 100 individual medley relay (each swimmer swims a 100 IM) where the top 2 teams from Bernards swapped leads a few times and finished a mere 14 hundredths of a second apart.  The team of Julian, Caroline, Ali and Ryan just out touched the team of Nicholas, Mallika, Jessica and Alex.  The "Unofficial Relay" records can be viewed here.

Bernards Girls and Boys Swim Teams Open the Season with Wins Over Belvidere

The Bernards girls and boys swim teams opened their seasons with convincing wins over Belvidere on December 1 at the Somerset Hills YMCA. The girls won 104-62 while the boys outscored Belvidere 109-52.  The girls were led by double individual winner Megan Sardis who took the 500 free and the 100 back.  Adding to the individual golds were Silvie Coheleach (200 free), Mallika Negi (IM), Natalia Youssef (50 free), Ali Maffei (fly), Alexis Buzby (100 free) and Zoe Bender (breast).  Bernards also touched the wall first in all three relays as Jenna Jacobs, Lindsay Browne, Mallika and Zoe took the medley, Maren Petrie, Lindsay, Natalia and Jessica Snyder won the 200 free and the foursome of Alexis, Jenna, Kristen Sardis and Caroline Casella captured the 400 free. 

Leading the way for the boys was senior co-captain Ben Baxter who won the 100 fly and the 100 back as the boys took the top 2 places in every event.  The other individual winners were Alex Kiel (200 free), Ryan Van Dijk (IM), Michael Doerr (50 free), Matt Voight (100 free), Nick Schwed (500 free) and Ross Zazzarino (breast).  Just like the girls, the boys finished first in all three of their relays with the medley won by Johns Leskauskas, Thomas Perone, Ben and Nick, the 200 free foursome of Patrick Lobo, Julian Baxter, Alex and Ryan with a stunning come-from-behind effort and Alex, Nick, Michael and Ryan putting the finishing touch of the evening by hitting the wall first in the 400 free relay.

Bernards Girls and Boys Swim Teams Ready for the 2015-2016 Season

The Bernards swim team is looking forward to the 2015-16 season with a great group of incoming freshmen swimmers who will be working hard to fill the fins of the 12 seniors who graduated last year!  Bernards will compete again in the Raritan Division of the Skyland Conference along with Belvidere, Franklin, North Hunterdon, Phillipsburg, Rutgers Prep, Somerville, Voorhees and Warren Hills.  Bernards will also compete in the Somerset County Championships as well as in the Cougar Relay and Cougar Invitational meets.  The state playoff classification assignments will be announced during the week of October 12.

Bernards Boys and Girls are Semifinalists in NJSIAA North 2 Group C Team Championships

The fifth seeded Bernards boys team concluded their North 2 Group C state championship playoff series with a semifinal loss to the top seeded Summit, 67-102 at the Summit YMCA on February 10, 2015.  The boys swam a tough meet and pushed the Summit boys to swim some of their best times of the season - even surpassing their times from their own Union County Championship meet.  One of those events was the opening 200 medley relay, which Bernards lost by less than half a second, where Ben Baxter, Ryan Van Dijk, Julian Baxter and Alex Kiel pushed Summit to swim their fastest medley relay of the season.  After a string of second places (Julian in the IM and fly and Ryan in the 50 free), Bernards fought back with 4 wins out of the last 6 events.  Ben took the 100 free and 100 back and Ryan took the 100 breast.  Eric Bernhard, Wes Lui, Chris Van Dijk and Michael Doerr closed out the meet with a victory in the 400 free relay.  Eric, Wes, Chris and George Wadsworth finished second in the 200 free relay and a few critical third place points were recorded by George (100 fly), Alex (500 free) and John Leskauskas (100 back).  This was the seventh time the Bernards boys qualified for the state playoffs and the fourth time they made it to the semifinals.

The third seeded Bernards girls won 6 of the first 8 events against the second seeded and deep Caldwell team but it wasn't enough to knock Caldwell out of the semifinal round as Bernards fell 73-97 at the Caldwell Community Center on February 6, 2015.  This was only the third time in BHS history that the girls made it to the semifinal round (the last time was in 2007 and in 2001 the girls made it all the way to the finals) and while being underdogs managed to keep Caldwell fighting hard to the end of the meet.  Tatiana Prendella won the 200 and the 500 freestyle events and also swam on the two first place sprint relays with Megan Sardis, Isabella St.Onge and Shannon Phillips.  Megan added a win in the 100 fly and a second in the 200 IM and Isabella grabbed gold in the 50 free.  Shannon added critical points with a silver in the 100 and a bronze in the 50 as did Lauren Cannan in the 100 back and Caroline Van Dijk in the 100 breast.  Also contributing to the score were Silvie Coheleach (200 free), Maren Petrie (100 fly), Tess Mistretta (500 free), Ciara Guglietta (100 back) and Lindsay Browne (100 breast).

Bernards Boys Take First Round in NJSIAA North 2 Group C Team Championships

The fifth seeded Bernards boys won every event in the quarterfinal round of the NJSIAA state championships to beat fourth seeded Rutherford 88-82 at the Somerset Hills YMCA on February 5.  While Bernards dominated in the center lanes, Rutherford kept the meet extremely close by taking second and third place in every event except for the 500 free where Julian Baxter, Alex Kiel and Nick Schwed went 1-3-4 to give Bernards the edge they needed.  Ben Baxter (50 and 100 free), Julian Baxter (100 fly and 500 free) and Ryan Van Dijk (200 IM and 100 breast) each took both of their individual events and Alex (200 free) and John Leskauskas (100 back) each won one. Ben's 22.68 in the 50 free lands him in the #5 spot on the BHS all-time list.  John, Ryan, Julian and George Wadsworth touched first in the medley relay, Ryan, George, Alex and Ben took the 200 free relay and with the meet coming right down to the final relay, Julian, Alex, John and Ben secured the meet victory by winning the 400 free relay.  The win allows Bernards to advance to the semifinals where they will face Summit at the Summit YMCA.

Prendella is 500 Free County Champ and Megan Sardis Breaks 100 Fly School Record
Boys Qualify Another Relay for Meet of Champions at the Somerset County Championships

Bernards had a very impressive showing at the Somerset County Championships at Montgomery High School on January 31 improving on last year's 8th place finishes in one of the most competitive county meets in the state.  The boys placed 6th (out of 12 teams) behind the point scoring (top 12) individual swims of Ben and Julian Baxter and all 3 relays.  Ben finished 2nd in the 100 back and 3rd in the 100 free.  His time of 48.89 not only qualified for the Meet of Champions but also moved him up to the #3 spot on the BHS all-time "Top 5" list just behind the Lawson brothers - John (who holds the record at 48.65) and Brendan (who holds the #2 spot with a 48.72).  Julian added individual points with an 8th place and personal best of  2:07.41 in the 200 individual medley.  Ben and Julian teamed up with Ryan Van Dijk and Alex Kiel to swim to two 4th place finishes in the 200 medley and 200 free relays.  The 200 medley relay had already qualified for MOCs at the Skyland Conference meet but this time they swam faster than the MOC qualifying time in the 200 free relay.  The 400 free relay squad of Wes Lui, Nick Schwed, Chris Van Dijk and John Leskauskas finished in 7th place.

The girls had a banner day as well as they finished in 7th place (out of 13 teams) as Tatiana Prendella took home the County championship crown in the 500 free and also placed 3rd in the 200 individual medley with a time that moved her from 5th to 2nd on the BHS all-time "Top 5" list.  Megan Sardis placed 3rd in the 100 fly with a 58.99 which broke Tatiana's school record of 59.34 (set at the Skyland Conference meet only 2 weeks ago).  Megan was also 6th in the 100 back.  Additional individual points were scored by Isabella St.Onge who tied for 10th place in the 50 free.  Tatiana, Megan, Isabella and Shannon Phillips placed 5th in the 200 free relay and 4th in the 400 free relay and in both events the MOC bound relay team improved their times from the Skyland Conference meet   Their 200 free relay time of 1:42.06 is only 0.52 seconds off the school mark of 1:41.54 set 16 years ago by Lesley Barnet, Lauren Kristensen, Julie Meyers and Alexis Skoda - one of the oldest school records on the books.  Their 400 free relay time of 3:43.93 puts them at the #4 all-time spot.  The 200 medley relay team of Tess Mistretta, Caroline Van Dijk, Lauren Cannan and Shannon Phillips placed 9th to round out the point scoring swims for the girls.

Bernards Swim Team to Work With Special Olympics Athletes

The Bernards swim team will be working with the local Special Olympics swim team at the Somerset Hills YMCA throughout the season.  The Bernards swimmers will assist in coaching the swim team, helping them with their stroke technique and participating in fun, yet competitive relay races.  This will be a great opportunity for the Bernards swimmers to serve their community while sharing their talents with a great group of local athletes.

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