Team News & Announcements 2014-2015
is the 27th season for BHS
Swim Team and Head Coach Ed Tsuzuki (Overall: 72-72-1 Co-Ed
Team, 103-59-3 Girls Team)
is the 27th season for BHS
Swim Team and Head Coach Ed Tsuzuki (Overall: 72-72-1 Co-Ed
Team, 103-60-3 Girls Team)
3-3, Boys 4-2. Coed 1-0
named Skyland Conference Raritan
Division Champions for 2012 and 2013
named Skyland Conference Raritan Division Champions for
2007, 2009, 2010, 2011
and boys finished 8th at the 2014 Somerset County meet
quarter-finalists in the 2014 North II, Division B State Playoffs
Prendella places 4th (500 free) and 6th (200 free) at the 2014 NJ State
with both boys and girls teams
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).
Bernards will continue their
regular dual meet season against Phillipsburg at the Phillipsburg
Middle School on January
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
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
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.
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
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
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,...
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.
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.
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
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