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Bernards High School Swim Team
Home Page Last revised: February 11, 2015.

Team News & Announcements 2014-2015 is the 27th season for BHS Swim Team and Head Coach Ed Tsuzuki

  • 2014-2015 is the 27th season for BHS Swim Team and Head Coach Ed Tsuzuki  (Overall:  72-72-1 Co-Ed Team, 76-48 Boys Team, 104-62-4 Girls Team)

  • Current season: Girls 4-5-1, Boys 7-4. Coed 1-0

  • 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 12) and Girls 7th (out of 13) at the 2015 Somerset County meet

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

  • Tatiana Prendella places 4th (500 free) and 6th (200 free) at the 2014 NJ State Meet of Champions

  • 11th season with both boys and girls teams

Bernards Concludes Regular Season with Loss to Ridge

Bernards swam their last dual meet of the season against cross-town rival Ridge at the Somerset Hills YMCA on February 11.  Always a very exciting and loud meet as so many of the Bernards and Ridge high school swimmers swim together on the Somerset Hills YMCA club team, Ridge beat both the Bernards boys and girls teams.  The boys still ended with a winning season at 7-4 but lost 51-119 against a very strong Ridge squad.  Ben Baxter won the 100 free and the 100 back and Ryan Van Dijk took the 100 breast.  John Leskauskas secured the only second place finish for Bernards in the individual events in the 100 back and Alex Kiel grabbed the only third place finish in the 100 fly. Ben, Ryan, George Wadsworth and Alex finished with a silver in the 200 medley and 200 free relays while Wes Lui, Nick Schwed, John and George swam to third in the 400 free relay.  On the girls side, The score was 60-110 with Tatiana Prendella and Megan Sardis each taking two individual events and combining with Caroline Van Dijk and Isabella St.Onge to win the opening medley relay.  Shannon Phillips took the only second place finish for Bernards in the 100 free and Caroline the only third place finish in the 100 breast.  Lucy Grey, Isabella, Shannon and Caroline in the 200 free relay and Shannon, Mattie Engleby, Tess Mistretta and Tatiana in the 400 free relay touched the wall in second place behind Ridge.  The girls ended their season at 4-5-1.

The only remaining event on the Bernards calendar is the Meet of Champions, which will be held on February 28 and March 1 at the Gloucester County Institute of Technology in Sewell, New Jersey. Bernards will be sending the largest team in its 27 year history to this meet.  Four boys and four girls have qualified for this prestigious event.  Ben Baxter has qualified in the 100 free and 100 back and will also be swimming on the 200 medley and 200 free relays with Julian Baxter, Ryan Van Dijk and Alex Kiel.  Tatiana Prendella will be competing (for the third year) in the 200 and 500 free and Megan Sardis in the 100 fly and 100 back.  Both of them will be joined by Isabella St.Onge and Shannon Phillips in the 200 and 400 free relays.  Tatiana placed 4th in the 500 and 6th in the 200 at least year's meet.

Bernards Girls and Boys Beat Somerville

Bernards swam their last Skyland Conference Raritan Division opponent (Somerville) and recorded wins for both the girls and the boys at the Somerset Hills YMCA on February 10.  The boys competed in their second meet of the day, having just faced a tough Summit team in the afternoon, but managed to beat Somerville 111-56 in the evening.    Ben Baxter (50 and 100 free), Julian Baxter (100 fly and 100 breast) and John Leskauskas (200 free and 100 back) each won two individual events and Ryan Van Dijk (200 IM) and Alex Kiel (500 free) each won one.  Bernards won both sprint relays as John, Ryan, Julian and Wes Lui took the medley relay and Julian, Ryan, Alex and Ben took the free relay. Bernards took a handful of second place finished as Alex (200 IM), Eric Bernhard (50 free), George Wadsworth (100 fly), Wes Lui (100 back) and Manny Vazquez (100 breast) all finished right behind their teammates in five 1-2 finishes.  The 400 free relay of Chris Van Dijk, Nick Schwed, Michael Doerr and Wes also brought home a silver medal. The boys are now at 7-3 for the season and have only one loss (to Warren Hills) in the Skyland Conference Raritan Division.

The girls also won 98-72, improving their record to 4-4-1 for the season and lost only once (to North Hunterdon) but also tied once (Phillipsburg) in their conference division. The girls won every race except for the sprint freestyles as Tatiana Prendella (200 and 500 free) and Megan Sardis (IM and fly) each won two individual events each.  Lauren Cannan (back) and Caroline Van Dijk (breast) each added a victory as well.  Tatiana and Megan also swam on two victorious relays as Megan, Isabella St.Onge, Lauren Cannan and Shannon Phillips took the medley, Isabella, Lucy Grey, Caroline and Tatiana won the 200 free and Shannon, Silvie Coheleach, Megan and Tatiana touched first in the 400 free relay.  Isabella was second in the 50 free and Shannon was second in the 100 free. Maren Petrie (fly), Lauren (IM), Isabella (100 free) and  Tess Mistretta (500 and back) all added individual third place points to Bernards' total as did the 200 free relay of Silvie, Maren, Katie Lazaar and Mattie Engleby.

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.

Boys Beat, Girls Tie Phillipsburg

The Bernards girls swam hard but it wasn't quite enough to beat Phillipsburg as the girls recorded their 4th career tie 85-85 at the Phillipsburg Middle School on January 28, 2015.  The girls season record is now 3-3-1 overall and 3-1-1 in the Skyland Conference.  Bernards won 8 of the 11 events, including the two 200 yard relays as Isabella St.Onge, Tatiana Prendella and Megan Sardis each won 2 individual events but they didn't score enough of the critical third through fifth place points to put more than 85 points on the scoreboard.  Isabella won the 50 free and 100 breast, Tatiana the IM and 100 fly and Megan the 500 free and 100 back and the three of them combined with Caroline Van Dijk to take the opening medley relay.  Both Isabella and Tatiana won the 200 free relay with Shannon Phillips and Lucy Grey.  Bernards and Phillipsburg were never more than 4 points apart for the entire meet and even though Bernards had a 2 point lead going in to the final relay, Phillipsburg had saved their 4 fastest swimmers so Bernards had to secure second and third to avoid a loss.  A quick rearrangement of the 8 Bernards swimmers had Tess Mistretta, Caroline, Maren Petrie, and Megan grab the silver medal spot 1.4 seconds ahead of Silvie Coheleach, Lauren Cannan, Lucy, and Shannon for the bronze to secure the tie.  It was a nail biter right down to the final touch, but this meet proved once again, the importance of scoring points in the outside lanes.

The boys improved to 5-2 overall and 4-1 in the Skyland Conference with a strong 105-65 win over Phillipsburg.  The boys also won 8 of the 11 events with the Baxter brothers each taking 2 individual events and swimming on the victorious 200 yard relays,  Ben won the 50 free and 100 back while Julian took the 200 free and 100 fly and teamed up with Ryan Van Dijk and Alex Kiel to win the medley and the 200 free relays.  Ryan added a win in the IM and Alex took the 500 free.  Ryan added a second place finish in the 100 free and also scoring crucial second place points were George Wadsworth (100 fly) and Manny Vazquez (100 breast).  George joined Wes Lui, Nick Schwed and John Leskauskas for the silver on the 400 free relay.

Caroline Van Dijk and John Leskauskas Shine at the Cougar Invitational

Bernards had a very strong showing at the annual Cougar Invitational at Montgomery High School on January 23.  While it was a non-scoring event, awards were given to the top 8 individuals and the top 6 relays in each event.  Sophomores Caroline Van Dijk and John Leskauskas each received medals for two individual swims as well as one relay.  Caroline finished with a silver medal in the 100 breast and a 4th place finish in the 50 free while John received a bronze medal in the 500 free and a 5th place finish in the 200 individual medley.  Caroline swam the breaststroke leg of the 4th place medley relay team with seniors Tess Mistretta, Lauren Cannan and Mattie Engleby.  John started off the 6th place medley relay team followed by Manny Vazquez, George Wadsworth and Wes Lui.  The highest scoring relay for Bernards was the boys 400 free relay squad of Wes, Eric Bernhard, George Wadsworth and Ryan Van Dijk.  Tess added a 7th place in the 50 free, Lauren, a 5th place in the 200 IM, and Mattie a 7th place in the 200 free and on the boys side George also added an 8th place finish in the 100 IM.  Silvie Coheleach took home two individual medals by finishing 4th in the 200 free and also 8th in the 100 free.  Rounding out the award recipients for Bernards with one individual award were Maren Petrie (8th in the100 fly) and Nick Schwed (7th in the 500 free).

Prendella Rewrites the Bernards Record Books, Girls and Boys Relays Qualify for Meet of Champions at the Skyland Conference Championships

Bernards has had a long history of incredibly fast female swimmers, including state champions, and as a result has had a very impressive set of team records.  At this year's Skyland Conference Championships at Montgomery High School, Tatiana Prendella broke four individual team records and now holds all of the individual team records that do not include the breaststroke!  Tatiana already held the 50, 200 and 500 free, and today, she added the 100 free (52.91), the 100 fly (59.34) and the 100 back (58.27)  and also lowered her own record in the 50 (24.79).  And just for good measure, her 100 back time just happened to also be a new Skyland Conference Championship meet record.  Tatiana's 50 and 100 free records were set during her 200 and 400 free relay lead off legs, which helped both relays qualify for the NJ state Meet of Champions.  Joining Tatiana on both relays were Megan Sardis, Shannon Phillips and Isabella St.Onge.  Megan added  a third place finish in the fly and a fourth place in the back - with a fly time that also put her under the previous record of 59.87 set by Lesley Barnet in 2001.  Megan's back time puts her at the #3 all-time spot behind Tatiana and the previous record holder, Kelly deMarrais who set the mark of 58.68 in 2006.  The 200 free relay finished in second place, with a time of 1:42.46 that just missed the school record of 1:41.54 set in 1999!  Tatiana's lead off leg in the 400 free relay broke Catherine Skoda's 2003 standard of 53.15 and set the pace for a bronze medal finish for the relay team which missed making the all-time "Top 5" list by 0.04 seconds!  It was a fast day for the Bernards girls as Isabella also finished 8th in the 50 free and Shannon finished 11th in the 100 free.  The 200 medley relay squad of Tess Mistretta, Isabella, Lauren Cannan and Shannon finished in 13th place.

The water remained fast for the Bernards boys who also had a banner day at the Skyland Conference Championships.  The opening medley relay team of Ben Baxter, Ryan Van Dijk, Julian Baxter and Alex Kiel will be joining the girls at the Meet of Champions as they uncorked a  1:42.87, which not only qualified for MOCs but improved their own #4 time on the all-time list.  Ben finished with two silver medals in the 100 free and the 100 back, and his back time improved his #2 all-time 55.39 to a 54.40.  Ryan swam lifetime bests in the 200 IM (2:09.02 - 9th place) and in the 100 breast (1:02.13 - 2nd place) with his breast time propelling him right up to the #2 all-time spot.  Julian also posted a personal best with a 56.33 in the 100 fly which was good enough for 9th place.  The same foursome that swam the medley relay also finished in sixth place in the 400 free relay.  The 200 free relay team of John Leskauskas, Wes Lui, Nick Schwed, and George Wadsworth finished in 13th place.

Tatiana Prendella Earns Courier News All-Area First Team Selection
Tatiana Prendella has been named by the Courier News to their 2014 All-Area swim team for her outstanding performance in the 500 free.  The Courier News area covers the extremely competitive north and central NJ  counties of Somerset,...

Skyland Conference Names All-Conference Selections
Twelve Bernards High School swimmers were named to the Skyland Conference Raritan Division All-Conference team for the 2013-14 season.  For the girls, Tatiana Prendella and Kathryn Cummings were both first team selections for the 500 free and the 100 fly respectively.  Tatiana and Kathryn were also named to the first team for the 400 free relay along with Isabella St.Onge and Shannon Phillips.  Named to the second team were Natasha Lukacsko (200 IM), Isabella (100 free), Lauren Cannan (100 back) and both 200 yard relays.  The 200 medley relay was made up of Tatiana, Caroline Van Dijk, Kathryn and Isabella, and the 200 free relay team was comprised of Caroline, Tess Mistretta, Grace Lobo and Shannon. 

On the boys side, Ben Baxter was named to the first team for his performance in the 100 backstroke and he was also named to the second team as part of the 200 medley relay squad with Ryan Van Dijk, Julian Baxter and Justin Schwed.  Also garnering second team status was Julian in the 100 fly and Ryan in the 100 breast.

Tatiana Prendella Shatters Two School Records at Meet of Champions
Bernards High School junior Tatiana Prendella finished 4th in the 500 free and 6th in the 200 free at the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Meet of Champions on March 2, 2014 at the Gloucester County Institute of Technology.  Tatiana broke Kelly deMarrais' 2006 school record of 1:53.08 in the 200 free with a 1:52.42 and also established a new standard in the 500 free with a blistering 4:58.07, replacing Mary deMarrais' 2009 record of 5:00.40.  Since both swims were in the top 16 places at the NJ championship meet, Tatiana has earned "All State" honors in these two events.

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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