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Updated 12/21/2014

Updated 12/21/2014

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Bernards High School Swim Team
Home Page Last revised: December 21, 2014.

Team News & Announcements

  • 2014-2015 is the 27th season for BHS Swim Team and Head Coach Ed Tsuzuki  (71-72-1 Co-Ed Team, 70-45 Boys Team, 101-58-3 Girls Team)

  • 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

Bernards Impressive at the Cougar Relays
The Bernards girls and boys teams swam very well at the Cougar Relays held at Montgomery High School on December 5, 2014.  The highlight of the evening was the mixed 400 medley relay of Megan Sardis, Ryan Van Dijk, Julian Baxter and Tatiana Prendella breaking the Benards High School record of 4:09.27 set in 2012 by Andrew Lawson, Ben Baxter, Tatiana and Isabella St.Onge with a 4:03.77.  Megan, Ryan and Tatiana then teamed up with Julian's brother Ben and just missed breaking the 16 year old record of 3:39.04 in the mixed 400 free relay when their gold medal performance stopped the clock at 3:39.96.  The 1998 record set by Ricky Barfuss, Lesley Barnet, Julie Meyers and Jamie Meyers still stands.  Bernards added one more first place finish in the girls 200 medley relay with the team of Megan, Isabella, Tatiana and Caroline Van Dijk.  The boys 200 medley relay squad of Ben, Ryan, Julian and Alex Kiel finished in second place with a 1:46.64, which places them in the #4 spot on the BHS all-time top 5 list.  Benards also had two 4th, two 5th and two 6th place relays.  The girls breastroke relay (Caroline, Lucy Grey, Maren Petrie, Isabella) and the mixed butterfly relay (George Wadsworth, Caroline, Lauren Cannan, Julian) grabbed the 4th place honors.  The mixed 400 medley relay (Ben, Isabella, George, and Shannon Philliips) and the mixed 4x100 individual medley relay (Alex, Lucy, Julian and Caroline) finished in 5th place and the 200 girls medley relay (Tess Mistretta, Lucy, Lauren, Shannon) and the boys 200 back relay (John Leskauskas, Michael Doerr, Leo Kirkpatrick Baird, Ben) snuck in to take the 6th place ribbon.

Bernards will swim against East Brunswick at Middlesex County College on December 10 at 3:45pm and against Somerville at the Somerset Hills YMCA on December 17 at 8:15pm.

Bernards Opens Season With Victory Over Belvidere
The Bernards girls and boys teams each posted decisive season opening victories over Skyland Conference foe Belvidere on December 3 at the Somerset Hills YMCA.  The girls won 125-42 while the boys posted a 123-41 score.  The senior girls - Tatiana Prendella, Isabella St.Onge, Lauren Cannan and Tess Mistretta - led the way for Bernards as they won every individual event except for the 100 fly.  Tatiana took the IM and 500 free, Isabella, the 200 free and 100 breast, Lauren, the 50 free and the 100 back and Tess, the 100 free.  Tatiana and Lauren combined with Caroline Van Dijk and Emma McMasters to take the medley relay.  Tess teamed up with Lucy Grey, Shannon Phillips, and Caroline to touch first in the 200 free relay and Tatiana and Tess partnered with Silvie Coheleach and Mattie Engleby to grab the gold in the 400 free relay.  Bernards swept 6 events including the 200 medley and 400 free relays.  Grabbing the silver in the medley relay was Megan Sardis, Lindsay Browne, Maren Petrie and Lucy and in the 400 free relay, it was Shannon, Caroline, Madigan Petrie, and Isabella.  Isabella, Shannon and Mattie swept the 200 free as did Lauren, Jenna Jacobs, and Emma Lukacsko in the 50 free.  Tess led Silvie and Emma Mc Masters to a 1-2-3 finish in the 100 free and Lauren did the same with Ciara Guglietta and Madigan in the 100 back.

The boys dominated in a similar fashion as they won every event of the meet, sweeping 5 of them.  Bernards swept the first and last relay as Ben Baxter, Ryan Van Dijk, George Wadsworth and Wes Lui took the medley relay followed by Michael Doerr, Thomas Perone, Chris Van Dijk, and Leo Kirkpatrick Baird.  To close the meet,  Alex Kiel, Nick Schwed, Wes and Ben touched first and Chris, Manny Vazquez, Michael and John Leskauskas swam to a second place finish.  In the individual events. John (200 free, 100 back), Ryan (100 fly, 100 breast) and Alex Kiel (200 IM and 100 free) each took 2 events while Ben (500 free) and Michael (50 free) each took one. John led two of the sweeps - in the 200 free with Manny and Alex Silverstein, and in the 100 back with Wes, and Michael.  Alex, Wes and Chris finished 1-2-3 in the 100 free.

Bernards has been training hard and it showed as almost everyone posted a personal best time today.  Bernards will swim in the Cougar Relays at Montgomery High School on December 5 and will continue with the dual meet season on December 10 against East Brunswick at Middlesex County College at 3:45pm.

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 Taitana, 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 Girls and Boys Knocked Out of State Championships in Quarterfinals

The 7th seeded Bernards girls lost in the quarterfinal round of the North 2 Group B state playoffs against 2nd seed James Caldwell High School at the Caldwell Community Center on February 4, 2014.  Bernards lost 66-104 in hard fought battle lead by triple winner Tatiana Prendella and double winner Isabellat St.Onge.  Tatiana easily took the 200 and 500 free and also anchored the first place 400 free relay with Shannon Phillips, Tess Mistretta and Natasha Lukacsko.  Isabella won the 2 freestyle sprints and also anchored the two second place relays.  The rest of the medley relay squad included Tatiana, Caroline Van Dijk and Lauren Cannan and the 200 free relay included Shannon, Tess and Caroline.  This marks the 10th time the Bernards girls team has qualified for the state playoffs (top 8 in the section/group).

The boys, also seeded 7th lost to the number 2 seed Chatham 55-115 at the Morris Union Jointure on Thursday February 6.  The two Baxter boys combined for a total of 28 points as Ben won the 100 free and 100 back and Julian touched the wall first in the 200 and 500 free events.  The brothers were joined by Ryan Van Dijk and Justin Schwed in the second place medley relay and the second place 400 free relay.  Ryan also finished second in the 100 breast and third in the 50 free.  The 200 free relay team of Max Guglietta, Ben Ferrara, George Wadsworth and Wes Lui grabbed the bronze medal.  This is the 6th time the Bernards boys have qualified for the state playoffs.

Bernards will conclude their season with a Skyland Conference dual meet against Somerville High School at the Somerset Valley YMCA (in Somerville) on Friday February 7 at 2:30pm.

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 Splits Against Unified Newton Lenape Valley Squad

Bernards swam "UNLV" on January 28, 2014 at Kittatiny High School and split the results with the girls improving their record to 6-4 with am 89-81 victory while the boys evened out their record at 5-5, losing 67-102.  Tatiana Prendella continued to display her dominance as she won the 200 and 500 free and also swam on the winning medley and 400 free relays.  Joining her on both relays was Kathryn Cummings (who also notched a pair of runner up swims in the IM and the fly). The rest of the medley relay was made up of Isabella St.Onge (who also won the 50 free and was second in the breast) and Carolyn Van Dijk (who was also second in the 50 free).  Tatiana and Kathryn were joined by Shannon Philliips (second in the 100 free) and Natasha Lukacsko (second in the back).  Caroline, Shannon and Isabella took the 200 free relay with Tess Mistretta and the team of Natasha, Katie Byrnes, Lauren Cannan and Tess took third in the medley relay.

The boys were led by freshman Julian Baxter who won the 50 and 500 free and also swam on the second place medley and 400 free relays.  Ben Baxter won the 100 back, was second in the 100 free and joined Julian on both relays, as did Justin Schwed and Ryan Van Dijk.  Ryan having to complete two pair of back-to-back events with the medley relay and the 200 free as well as the 100 breast and the 400 free relay recorded two individual second place swims.  George Wadsworth put second place points on the board in the 100 fly and the 200 free relay team of Max Guglietta, Ben Ferrara, Wes Lui and George brought home the bronze medal. 

Prendella is Skyland Conference Champ in 500 Free

Tatiana Prendella won the 500 free at the Skyland Conference Championship meet on January 18, 2014 at Montgomery High School in a Bernards #3 all-time and NJ Meet of Champions qualifying time of 5:04.94.  This was Tatiana's second conference title as she won the 100 backstroke at last year's Skyland Conference Championship meet.  Tatiana led the race from start to finish and even closed with a very fast 1:00.26 final 100.  Tatiana also placed 4th in the backstroke just two hundredths of a second off her current Bernards #3 all-time spot with a 1:00.00.  Tatiana also swam on the 8th place 400 free relay with Kathryn Cummings, Tess Mistretta and Shannon Phillips and on the 9th place 200 medley relay with Kathryn, Caroline Van Dijk and Tess.  Caroline, Tess and Shannon swam with Grace Lobo to a 9th place finish in the 200 free relay as well.

On the boys side, Ben Baxter finished 2nd in the 100 free with a time 49.52, which moves his Bernards him up to the #4 spot on the Bernards all-time Top Five listing.  Ben also finished 3rd in the 100 back with a 55.74, which was also just off his current #2 all-time spot.  Ben swam with Ryan Van Dijk, George Wadsworth and Justin Schwed to a 10th place in the medley relay and with Ryan, Justin and John Leskauskas to a 10th place in the 400 free relay.

Andrew Lawson Lowers School Record at Meet of Champions

Ben Baxter, Andrew Lawson, and Tatiana Prendella competed in the 91st Annual New Jersey State Meet of Champions at the Gloucester Institute of Technology on March 2 and 3, 2013.  All three Bernards swimmers posted best times for the season and Andrew Lawson qualified for the finals lowering his own school record in the 100 back to 53.80 (16th place).  His top 16 finish names him to the NJ All-State team.  Both Ben and Tatiana posted season bests in the 100 back as Ben swam a 55.39, placing him #2 on the Bernards all-time Top 5 listing and Tatiana touched in 59.98, lowering her own #3 Top 5 time.  Ben finished 31st and Tatiana 26th.  Ben also finished 47th in the 100 free and Tatiana 29th in the 50 free.

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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