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Home Page Last revised: January 28, 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, 74-46 Boys Team, 103-60-4 Girls Team)

  • Current season: Girls 3-3-1, Boys 5-2. 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

  • Girls and boys finished 8th at the 2014 Somerset County meet

  • Girls and boys are quarter-finalists in the 2014 North II, Division B 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

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.

Bernards will compete in the Somerset County Championships at Montgomery High School on January 31 and will continue their regular dual meet season against Somerville at the Somerset Hills YMCA on February 2, 2015 at 8:15pm.

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

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.

Bernards Splits Again Against Caldwell

The Bernards girls fell to the unbeaten Caldwell girls 71-99 but the boys beat the Caldwell boys for the 3rd time in as many outings, handing them a loss by the same margin 99-71.  Tatiana Prendella swam on the victorious medley and 400 free relays and also won the 100 fly and the 100 back.  Joining Tatiana on the medley relay was Isabella St.Onge, Megan Sardis and Caroline Van Dijk, who also won the 100 breaststroke.  Tatiana, Isabella, and Megan won the 400 free relay along with Shannon Phillips.  Megan took second in the fly and back, and Isabella did the same in the 50 free.  Grabbing the silver medal for Bernards in the 200 free relay were Caroline, Shannon, Tess Mistretta and Lucy Grey.  The girls evened out their record again at 3-3.

The boys improved their record to 4-2 as Ben Baxter (100 free, 100 back), Julian Baxter (50 free, 100 fly) and Ryan Van Dijk (200 IM, 100 breast) all won both of their individual events.  Ben added two relay victories - the 200 medley relay with Ryan, Julian and Alex Kiel and the 400 free relay with Alex, John Leskauskas, and Wes Lui.  Julian and Ryan swam on the second place 200 free relay along with John and George Wadsworth.  Alex Kiel also grabbed a gold medal in the 500 free while John (200 free) and Nick Schwed (500 free) took silvers.

Bernards Dunks Voorhees - Ironman Perone Performs Heroic Feat

All was not smooth for the Bernards girls and boys in their meet against Skyland Conference opponent Voorhees at the Raritan Valley Community College on January 9, but both teams came out victorious behind assertive and spirited swims throughout the contest. The girls managed a 99-70 victory despite starting out with a very close disqualification on one of the medley relay exchanges giving Voorhees a 1-2 finish.  One of the boys got called for wearing a suit with a marking other than the team's name which cost Bernards 6 first place points, but the rest of the team more than made up the difference to pull off a 91-76 win.  Both teams have improved their record to 3-2.

While several team members were injured - mostly from falls - freshman Thomas Perone responded in a big way by stepping up to swim the 500 free at the last minute.   By itself, that is a tall order for most swimmer, but Thomas was already entered in the next event - the 200 free relay, as well as the 100 breast AND the 400 free relay - the third and fourth events following the 500 free!  Thomas "the Ironman" Perone swam 4 of the last 5 events of the meet for a total of 750 racing yards!

The boys won 9 events, including all 3 relays as Ben Baxter (50 free, 100 back) and Ryan Van Dijk (100 free, 100 breast) each took their individual events.  Ben and Ryan teamed up with Julian Baxter and Wes Lui to win the medley and again with Julian and Alex Kiel to grab the gold in the 200 free relay.  Alex and Wes then closed out the meet by winning the 400 free relay with John Leskauskas and Michael Doerr.  Alex added an individual victory in the 500 free and Julian dominated in the individual medley.

The girls came back in a big way after their rough start by taking eight of the remaining ten events and by finishing 1-2 in four of them.  Tatiana Prendella (100 fly, 100 back), Isabella St.Onge (200 IM, 100 breast) and Shannon Phillips (200 free, 100 free) were all victorious in their individual races. Each of them led at least one of the sweeps as Tatiana and Megan Sardis finished 1-2 in the fly and back, Isabella and Lauren Cannan swept the IM and Shannon and Caroline Van Dijk did the same in the 200 free.   The girls also finished 1-3 in both freestyle relays as eight of our nine senior girls accomplished this in the 200 distance - Tatiana, Lucy Grey, Lauren and Mattie Engleby touched first and Isabella, Shannon, Emma McMasters and Tess Mistretta took third.  In the 400 free relay, Caroline, Shannon, Lauren and Megan added another gold to their tally and Jackie Perez, Jenna Jacobs, Christiane Krimmel and Lauren Browne slipped in for the bronze.

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.

Prendella, Cummings and Baxter Place at the Somerset County Championships

Tatiana Prendella continued her assault on the Bernards all-time listing as she placed 2nd in the 500 free and 3rd in the 200 free at the Somerset County Championship meet at Montgomery High School on February 1, 2014.  Tatiana's 5:00.84 in the 500 yard freestyle just missed the school mark of 5:00.40, held by Mary deMarrais (2009) and her 1:54.200 yard free time puts her in the #3 spot behind school record holder Kelly deMarrais (at 1:53.08) and sister Mary (at 1:54.05).  Bernards finished in 8th place (out of 13 teams) with 62 points.  Adding to Tatiana's individual point tally was Kathryn Cummings, who finished the 100 fly in 10th place.  The 200 free relay of Caroline Van Dijk, Tess Mistretta, Grace Lobo and Shannon Phillips finished in 7th place and both the medley relay (Tatiana, Caroline, Kathryn and Isabella St.Onge) and the 400 free relay (Isabella, Kathryn, Shannon and Tatiana) placed 8th.

The boys also finished in 8th place (out of 12 teams), tying Rutgers Prep with 56 points.  Ben Baxter placed 4th in the 100 yard backstroke and 6th in the 100 yard freestyle and also led off the 6th place 200 medley relay.  Ben, Ryan Van Dijk, Julian Baxter and Justin Schwed's time of 1:46.68 in the medley was the 4th fastest time in Bernards high school history.  The same relay squad finished the 400 free relay in 7th place and to round out the scoring for Bernards, Max Guglietta, John Leskauskas, George Wadsworth and Justin placed 11th.

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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