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|Women's Captains||Kylie Danin||Cassie Gharnit||Ashley Jiran|
|Men's Captains||Zach Towers||Brian Wendland||Sean McShane||Lee Ann Santore|
Practice is cancelled for Tuesday January 27th due to snow.
2014-15 Season in 2nd place overall.
1st place: Fordham Prep.
2nd Place: St. Anthony's
3rd place: Chaminade
|Friars Swimming & Diving|
Well, our Championship season is off to a great start!
At Novice Champs, Brendan Ryan swam his two best times of the season, and... Mike Mao QUALIFIED for "A" Champs in the 100 breaststroke!
Awesome job by both Friars!
Noah Chernik had his distance freestyle working as he won the 200 free. Senior Ben Howard used his strong breaststroke to come from behind and win the 200 IM. LeeAnn Santore won the diving... and Maddie and Jake went 2-3.
Zach Towers swam another state qualifying 52.25 in the 100 fly.
Conor Rutigliano continued to improve winning the 100 free.
Wendland, Armin, and Noah Chernik went 1-2-3 for the Friars in the 100 back... AND, senior Eloery Lee got his FIRST Varsity WIN with a 113.19 in the 100 Breaststroke!
Our Medley Relay, Meyers, Howard, Towers, and Cannon, handed Fordham their first relay loss since 2010, and swam the top time in the league so far with a 1:37.65, and qualified for States.
Zach Towers won the 200 IM with an incredible State Qualifying 1:55.00.
The Friars gaind a whole new swimmer in Conor Rutigliano, as he swam his personal best 23.06 in the 50 free.
Sean Cannon dominated the 100 fly with his State Qualifying 51.89!
Sophomore CJ Arena set a NEW school record in the 500 free with an incredible State Qualifying 4:43.39!
Our 400 free relay, Cannon (State qualifying 47.50 split), Zach Towers, Barry, and Meyers swam our season-best by far with a State Qualifying 314.53!
And to top it all off, Fred Rupnarain and Austin Nguyen both qualified for "A" Champs!
The meet was incredible as both our girls and boys teams do both, show their Friar hospitality and sportsmanship, AND perform perfectly in the pool! Yes, the Friars had a combined win, as both our girls and boys won their respective meets.
The dinner by our Friar Parents was just incredible. Something you have to see to believe. A sincere "thank you" for all your help in making this entire evening a success!
We are gaining three awesome sprinters in JD Sterbens, John Carnevale, and Mike Caulfield. LeeAnn Santore continues her unbeaten streak in the diving event. Armin Mahabadi's backstroke is looking stronger every time he swims it, and senior Brian Wendt has a strong first place finish in the distance 400 freestyle!
Friars look strong as Kyle Barry and CJ Arena, both double winners, open up a huge lead... and the Friars never look back.
Our divers LeeAnn Santore, Maddie Ruocco, and Jake Krotz go 1-2-3, and Coach Beth has them improving at an amazing pace.
Sean Cannon leads the Friars in a win over St. Peter's on Staten Island
The meet also featured the debut of diver Kate McKevitt.
Armin Mahabadi's backstroke and fly are looking strong.
Zach Towers (200 & 100 free ) and )
) andJoey Fouad (200 IM & 100 back
) were double-winners.
Lee Ann Santore won
the diving, Noah Chernik
won the 500 free, and Ben Howard
won the 100 breast .
The meet was capped off with a crowd pleasing 400 free anchor swim by JD Sterbens where he split a personal best (55.40)!
Friar shine in second win of the season!
Divers Leanne Daly and Meghan Boyle made their Friar debuts and Lee Ann Santore extended her winning streak, as the Lady Friars defeated Archbishop Molloy.
JD Sterbens was
outstanding in all of his freestyle events and
Eloery Lee recorded
his best breaststroke finish ever.
Kyle Barry won the
200 free . . . and .
.Zach Towers won the 200 IM
.Joey Fouad was a double winner, capturing both the 50 free and 100 breast
.Sean Cannon won the 100 fly
andNoah Chernik won the 100 back
Friar Spirit Skyrockets in First Meet of the Season!
Incredible job by ALL!
** CONGRATULATIONS! **
Junior Meghan Slattery has been named to the MSG Varsity/Newsday All-Long Island Team.
2014 New York State Championships
Friars swim incredibly in Ithaca!
Lady Friars WIN
5th Straight Undefeated Championship!
The original forecast was supposed to be cloudy and cold. Friday sure felt like it was going to be that way. But I believe God is as much a Friar Fan as we all are… so of course, the sun was shining bright! Even today, Monday after Champs, I can’t get this smile off my face and this sunshine is making it even better.
After finals I filled my truck up with all the girls Championship plaques, I started ‘er up and Coach Scott and I just sat there for a few minutes. We were awe struck. I couldn’t even drive away yet. It is our tradition to reminisce about Champs on the ride home, but for now, we spent a good 3 minutes in silence. Then finally Coach Scott had the perfect words…
Oh… My… God.
And we drove away.
Right from the start of this season, we [the coaches] loved how this team came together. It was also one of the easiest I’ve seen the freshmen fit in. They weren’t AS nervous as the usual. Our veterans were ready to put in the 6am work, and the freshies matched their enthusiasm immediately. The sacrifices that they will make can be summed up in the fact that Deijah Harris was so proud to make this elite team that she cut her gorgeous hair of intricate braids to improve as best she can. That’s Friar dedication!
This was the first year that we ever had a dual meet before the Relay Carnival, so I was curious how the “vibe” would be. Well, the Lady Friars never disappoint and the improvement of just three weeks of work was already showing.
As the meets moved on, this team improved in leaps and bounds. Swimmers at every level were improving, and even in a variety of events. No two meet lineups were the same. Relays were never the same. We already had the insight that putting together this Champs lineup was going to be a challenge for us. Right from day one, our team goal is to swim the best we can at Champs, and score the highest amount of points possible. Last year Sacred Heart scored over 700 points. The Mary Louis Academy, St. Francis Prep, and Our Lady of Mercy have all been improving and are looking like the best teams they’ve had in a few years. And truth be told, we graduated a very talented class last year who scored a ton of points for the Friars. But this team was up to the challenge of compensating for those points. That includes swimming events out of your comfort zone and embracing those challenges. We swam our way through the dual meets, and on to another undefeated season where our Seniors graduate with a perfect 36-0!
The special November weekend we’ve all waited for finally arrives, AND THE FRIARS ARE READY!
… So, I gathered my team, and quietly and politely asked them… (if tying a Friar Gold rope around them, yelling with excitement till my face turns red, the veins in my forehead and neck bulge out like I’m possessed… then yes, I asked quietly and politely) to DAZZLE ME….
And dazzle me they DID!
Many times, the tough day to swim at Champs is the first day. Prelims. You are circle seeded, and most times racing a clock and not a swimmer, and getting yourself into the highest heat possible is the goal. Well, these girls absolutely set themselves up for success as they swam best times like crazy! It became contagious, and all us Friar Fans got to witness and enjoy one heck of a Championship Weekend performance!
Nassau Aquatic Center got a nice face lift. Thank God, a new scoreboard, and fresh coat of paint, and even where the Lady Friars sat had plenty of room for bags, places to stretch, and of course… cover the surrounding walls with our Little Sister/Big Sister posters! The energy was already electric… and the 200 medley relay steps up to the blocks:
We didn’t have a State cut in any relays yet this year. Not one. So it did add to the already existing nerves. The “pepto” tables I chew weren’t even kicking in yet… and the goosebumps began…
Kylie Danin’s amazing underwater kick starts us off. And the breakout at the 14 yard mark was perfect. And that’s all it took for me to know, yes, we are going to have anther “Magical” weekend! Breaststroker Katherine Meyers’ knees were healthy, and her kick was amazing as it propelled her forward after every time we saw her take an intense breath. Lee Ann shoots off the block, legs stretched out to a perfect toe point and rocked an awesome 50 fly and gave the Friars a commanding lead. To expand what we are already cheering for… the fastest sprinter in the league, Friars Meghan “Slatts” Slattery explodes off the block, and just a mere 23.52 seconds later… her hand touches the wall as the Lady Friars leap into the air and cheer our first event win of Champs 2014!
Note: Our 200 medley relay went though constant changes all season long. Even in Champs 5 swimmers all made it successful. Danin, Santore, Caruana, Slattery first qualified the Relay for States in prelims… and Danin, Meyers, Santore, and Slattery swam it in finals, where the Friars combined effort landed them our 1st place State Qualifying Medley Relay at a 1:49.38!
Our 200 free had three of our veteran powerhouses, Aileen Fitzpatrick, Jillian Smerechniak, Erin Boyle, and gained the addition of a 4th powerhouse in freshman Gabby Mattutat and landed ALL FOUR in Finals! Across the league, the two distance freestyle events were loaded with talent this year. The Friars, SHA, OLMA, and TMLA… all with great swimmers were going to have a shootout in these events this. Our four are as tough as they come, with Jillian placing 2nd (1:58.18) Aileen 3rd , Erin Boyle 5th, and Gabby 8th, who combined gave the Friars 90 points in that ONE event!
The 200 IM became another powerhouse event for us, as the Friars added Sophomore Brittany Kudla, a talented distance swimmer, and also freshman sensation Emily Bardak to our veterans, Kylie Danin and Beth Caruana. This combination again yielded FOUR finalists! We cheered like crazy and I can still hear Coach Liz screaming “Brittney!” as she placed 7th with her personal best 2:20.42. Right with her, on the other side of Kylie and Beth is our dynamic Emily Bardak who swam into 3rd place with her personal best 2:13.50. It was all Friars as they dominated the IM with State Qualifiers Kylie Danin (1st 2:10.68) and sophomore Beth Caruana (2nd 2:12.36)! Another HUGE scoring event!
Even right from the relay carnival, the Friars flexed their sprinting ability winning the 8-man (woman) 200 free relay. Well, the 50 free at Champs was no different. Celine Marino, Kayla Bianco, Sam Silva, and soccer superstar turned swimmer, Rosie Nelan all ripped up the pool and set the stage for our Friar finalists! The consolation heat was no joke for Lauren Kryger. Swimming in a heat filled with all 26 to low 27’s… the finishing order can change quickly, even in consols. Handling the pressure like a seasoned veteran, Lauren touched out the rest of her heat with a beautiful 26.72 win. Sprinter Jackie Zahn was plagued with a back injury that sidelined her for the summer, but set her up for a huge comeback opportunity. Little by little as she improved, it was Champs where she would peak. (just like a Friar!). Jackie swam her way into Finals and topped it off with her awesome 26.21.
Katherine Meyers was like us gaining a whole new superstar swimmer this season. I can’t even put into words how she raised her level of swimming talent. I’m not only talking about how she got faster… but it is also with the level of consistency that she did it with. Her incredible 25.51 5th place finish amongst the best in the league also opened up new opportunities for our 200 free relay (that you will read about later…. Cause you still have a ways to go!)
It was now… all eyes on Slatts.
I don’t mean it was all eyes, like from the Friars.
It was ALL Eyes from the entire room. Every swimmer, every fan in the stands no matter what color shirt of the team they represented had on; even the lifeguards and officials knew they were going to see something special as junior Meghan Slattery stepped those athletic legs up onto the block. We anticipate the starters signal… and Slatts appears to be standing tall, because that is her stance, as she waits to hear “take your mark”. Two and a half months of hard work by Slatts for her to improve the first 10 yards of her race. That’s the effort that she puts in. And it paid off… ‘cause only 10 yards into her race, Slatts was in command. We saw that turn! We all did. It was what threw my hands into the air in an early celebration. With every smooth and powerful stroke she took, it was one stroke closer to the swimming record books. Meghan’s hand touched the wall… she was gasping for air… we were all gasping in amazement as heads turned to the scoreboard faster than watching a Samual Groth tennis serve… because we all just witnessed the FASTEST 50 freestyle in Catholic High School History! A CHSAA State Record 24.22! Holy Cow… The stands stood on their feet… and the applause rang out. The humble Meghan Slattery just smiled and congratulated her fellow competitors. My heart races just thinking about that swim. And stay tuned Friar Fans… Slatts is just getting started!
Need to catch your breath here? Maybe get a snack before continuing?
Whew… I do.
The Friar energy continued into the butterfly. Our 50 fly sprinters were just awesome. Our forever smiling freshman, Kate McKevitt, the always positive personality and multi-talented swimmer, Bitsy Triscari, one of our most improved swimmers, Danielle McCabe, and (Cassie Gharnit’s and Caroline Hughes’ new swimming lane BFF), the technically amazing Sydney Bernhardt, were all just incredible.
As I aforementioned, this was a year where the Lady Friars just stepped it up, and faced new challenges. A big one to mention was Morgan Graning. Her team needed her in the 100 fly, and she gave her best performance of the season right here at Champs. She swam her first 50 like a well seasoned veteran out in a 30.5! As I watch her rip up the pool… I gave Coach Scott a glance, who in return gave me a nod of his head, as he is always gives me his seal of approval of a great butterfly swim. Morgan swam to an awesome 11th place finish overall! Morgan’s success propelled us into the final heat where we had three more Friars. Lauren Kryger was rock solid as she always is as fly is such a strong event for her. Lauren swam an awesome 1:04.44 8th place overall finish. Emily Bardak smiled through her nerves as she prepared for her fly event. We were all pulling for her. After that incredible 200 IM, we knew we were in for another treat. She was as powerful as ever! When she hit that touch pad I could hear the cheers from behind me, as well as the cheers from her friends and family that filled the stands. (Shout out to the LoNigro’s and the Rocky Point crew!) Emily did it… a State Qualifying 59.30! This year’s butterfly Champion, Lee Ann Santore, worked her butt off for four years for this moment of glory. No joke. I’m not going to say that Lee Ann is a natural swimmer. I can say with all seriousness that she has worked and earned every bit of swimming talent and success that she has. Every year, a little stronger. Every year, a little faster. And here as a Senior, her final butterfly at Champs, was another magical moment for the Friars. Pure determination filled her entire body as she used that improved kickout and drove herself to a State Qualifying, 59.27 1st place Champion swim!
The next two events of Champs were two of the biggest as the league is filled with great freestylers this year. We began with freshman Kate McKevitt and (the quiet but not so quiet) Charlotte “Char-vine” Vine both swimming a pair of 1:09’s. Devon “Dev-O” Connolly had a great year swimming multiple events, and gave us a beautiful 1:05.22. It was a pleasure to watch the development of Leanne Daly this season. She is an incredible athlete who improved every time she hit the water. We all celebrated her personal best 1:05.93 100 freestyle!
The 100 free was a little bit of a challenge for Jackie Zahn this year, but she fed off the success of her 50 free and swam successfully again in Finals to a proud season best 58.81. A swim that had us both smiling!
I am such a fan of freshman Gabby Mattutat. I find her to be almost mystifying. Always light-spirited, constantly laughing out loud, and yet when she gets up on the block, then hits the water… she is so incredibly strong and serious. She is an amazing consistent competitor with such a bright future for the Friars. Her 7th place overall 56.34 was a great cap of a great season. Erin Boyle is one of the top freestylers we’ve ever had. And her strength is Championship meets. When it’s time to go… Erin GO’S! So strong and smooth… I don’t think she even understands her own potential yet. Erin’s best years are still right in front of her. Her 54.71 100 freestyle earned her a 5th place finish among the best there is.
I won’t even sugar coat it. To say the anticipation of Meghan Slattery’s swim was mesmerizing is an understatement. People elbowed the person standing next to them to make sure they didn’t miss anything. Goosebumps began to form and the race didn’t even begin yet! There was only one calm, cool, and focused person in the room, and she was stepping on block number 5.
“Take your mark…”
I watched Slatts cut through the water. I glanced at my watch, back to her swim, back to the scoreboard, back to her swim…
I don’t really know if jumping my uncoordinated body up and down on a slick wet surface of a pool deck is actually safe… but I couldn’t help it. Slatts just swam a monumental 51.75! The cheering was just breathtaking. I gave a big finger point across the pool to Meghan’s club coach, Coach Marc, as a salute to his hard work as he too is jumping in the air. (literally. And way up in the stands is probably not too safe to do either… haha). Congratulations to Meghan Slattery on her new State Qualifying, St. Anthony’s High School Record!
What an event the 500 free was this year. Four different schools all had top swimmers. And for me, where the 500 is one of my favorite events, it’s rare that you get to see so many talented swimmers going head to head. We needed to go as deep into our roster as possible to give us our best chance to outscore the other schools. We picked up 18 seconds as we [the coaches] moved Mary Tonna from the 100 free to the 500. The 100 free is her comfort zone. She enjoys that event as she has already had such success swimming it. But the prestigious move from a timed final event to a scored Trial/Final event is the result of hard work the confidence that we have in Mary Tonna. As it turns out, we nailed it. Mary embraced the challenge of the event and had tremendous success as she swam her way into finals! She came out smiling as she dropped another 6 seconds off her personal best and finished 8th overall with a 5:39.03 swim! Brittney Kudla also had a successful season swimming in multiple events. After the success in the 200 IM, she dropped another 7 seconds in the 500! Brittney finished 5:39.94 and in 9th place overall. Jillian Smerechniak has put in a ton of work all season long. She’s extremely focused and knows in order to get better at the 500, you have to keep swimming it. Due to all the hard work, she kept improving, and put together her best race at Champs. Racing against the best, Jillian pushed herself to a State Qualifying 5:13.82! Our senior and distance veteran, Aileen Fitzpatrick, is as tough a swimmer as you can find. As the 500 goes on… Aileen just gets better and better, and her pace time keep dropping. Never faltering, she pounded out the yards with the top in the league and gave the Lady Friars their top finishing 5th place with an awesome 5:17.14 swim! Our four distance swimmers combined for 78 total points, and DID outscore all the other teams. Mission accomplished!
What a thrill our 200 Freestyle Relay was! Setting the stage… we had a great prelims swim, did come out as the top seed for Finals, but still a good 1.5 seconds off the State cut. We discussed the situation our relay was in… either: 1: Make the State cut. Or, 2: Win the relay, and have it go to a “paper meet” with the Buffalo area if they also don’t make the cut.
Tension was building. It was the last chance to make it happen.
We changed the order: With her success in the 50 free, Katherine Meyers was to lead off followed by Beth Caruana, Lee Ann Santore, and anchoring with our best, Erin Boyle. To get to States… all four girls need to average a 25.4 or BETTER. That’s how tough that cut is. Now read closely… and check this out!
Katherine Meyers has a sick start… and puts up a personal best 25.38. Beth Caruana can sprint with the best of ‘em, and splits a 25.71. Still possible! Lee Ann Santore uses her strength, that awesome underwater dolphin kick, and hits the average right on the button with her 25.40 split! The change we made was moving Erin Boyle to the anchor. We needed someone to hang in there with the top sprinters and bring it home. Closing the gap in front of her, Erin is chasing ‘em down… but we are in 2nd place. No one is watching the clock… they are watching us run out of pool. Erin puts up an amazing 24.91 Split! Holy Cow! Can you believe it? The relay goes a State Qualifying 1:41.40! They made it! We are screaming… celebrating… we coaches are hugging each other in jubilation! Then we look over at our relay girls. Long faces. Slumped posture, and just sliding into the warm down lanes. I take the walk over to them… and lean over the edge of the pool.
“Hey, girls; did you know you made the cut?”
Katherine Meyers response: “What cut”?
Haha. I cracked up. One by one, the reaction as they realized that they in fact qualified the relay for States was one of the most memorable moments of the meet!
Backstroke. We are Stacked with backstrokers! Probably the deepest event for us that there is. I mean, even in the 50 backstroke event, we had Leanne Daly (Personal best time 36.54), Katie Rogers (personal best 36.23), Devon Connolly (personal best 36.21) and Sydney Bernhardt (personal best 35.06).
** you did notice all four swam their absolute best **
Of the top 6 spots in that event, those amazing Friars filled four of them!
The 100 back was one of the special moments of the meet for me. With the prelims that we just had the night before, this was another magical event where all four Lady Friars qualified for Finals. As my heart was racing with adrenaline for Kylie Danin and Beth Caruana, two of the top backstrokes that the Friars, or the league for that matter, has ever had… my heart was also filled with such joy that Ashley Jiran and Caroline Hughes were right there with them. I’m not going to lie. I was a little emotional looking out at the four of them. I glanced at Loretta Jiran, who I had taking as many pictures of the team as she possibly could, had trouble focusing because the tears were flowing down her face. Coach Liz looked over at Loretta… Yup. Here come more tears. Not one backstroker has even entered the water yet, and yes, it was a special Friar moment already.
The race itself was as exciting as anticipated… Kylie Danin, with that awesome first half, and Beth Caruana, the second half swimmer with that “hyper space” forth lap… race to the wall, so close we need the scoreboard to see the two teammates smashing the State cut with Beth in first with a 57.41, and Kylie with her personal best 57.97! What a memorable Friar moment! In addition to those two monumental swims… were my emotional swims of Ashley and Caroline. I can put those two seniors in a group of Lady Friars who have truly put their heart into this team. I couldn’t have cheered any louder for them! Ashley with her 4th place overall finish and Friar career best 1:03.86, and “Sweet, Caroline” (see what I did there? Haha) who swam a 1:09.05, and placed 7th!
Whew… moving on.
The breaststroke also yielded as many surprises as the rest of the events!
In the 50, Charlotte Vine swam as smooth and beautiful as Meghan Boyle can dance across a stage! Just gorgeous. Senior and Captain, Cassie Gharnit, deserves so much credit. Her interminable positive energy was so contagious throughout her Friar career that led to her being the leader that she it. And to top it all off… she put together one heck of a breaststroke career! Bitsy Triscari, the versatile swimmer who can swim about anything… also swam an awesome breaststroke. And topping off the 50 breaststroke, and the winner of the event… was Nicole Pikulik, who qualified for States in Track! Swimmer, AND runner… what an awesome Friar athlete!
The next treat for us Friar Fans, was seeing Mary Bermudez in the Trial/Final 100 breast. And, she did an outstanding job swimming in Sunday’s finals with her personal best 1:24.67! As soon as the season started, one of our more goal oriented swimmers was Devin “Dev-i” Gilio. Her long term goal is making States, but her short term goal was making it to the Final heat on Sunday. Well, the harder she worked, the more focused she was; the more she improved. Dev-i finished her season in 8th overall… YES, in Finals, and with her personal best 1:14.87! Senior Lee Ann Santore put together her biggest, and Best, Champs of her career. Success in the medley relay, success in the fly, success in the 200 free relay, and success in the 100 breast. ** And, I’m not going to fail to mention, that Lee Ann is one if the top divers in the boys league, AND… is a two year Captain of the Friars Diving Team. She has been an invaluable part of this Friar Family tradition.
I am a fan of Katherine Meyers. Seeing her competitive spirit blossom even motivated me. She peaked her season perfectly, right at Champs, and her 1:09.49 2nd place 100 breaststroke was just icing on the cake of her incredible weekend.
Coach Scott doesn’t call it “The Granddaddy” for nothing! The grand finale of relays… the 400 free relay is the relay for us swimming adrenaline junkies. The excitement as each Friar puts up those awesome splits is just electrifying. With Junior Meghan Slattery leading off, we move out in front and never turn back. Freshman Emily Bardak is just lightning. Junior Erin Boyle stretches out the Friar lead, and our senior Captain Kylie Danin brings it home and it is her hand that puts the Friars into the record books with their 5th Straight Undefeated Championship! Kylie put the cap on all those amazing performances that totaled 847 Championship Points! And the plaques began to pile up… 1st place Undefeated Dual Meet Season Champions, with Meghan Slattery’s double winning individual events and the CHSAA record in the 50 free, she was awarded “MVP Swimmer of the Meet” by the coaches of the league, and of course, the coveted Huge, Round, Magnificent Championship Plaque that took 75 days of hard work to earn! The picture in Newsday of Captains Ashley Jiran, Cassie Gharnit, and Kylie Danin said it all… how we are Proud to Be Friars!
** States edit:
Normally, I edit States into the Champs review, but this was such a unique year, I’m keeping it separate.
States is one of the most physically exhausting and challenging meets there is. This year was no different, and the way our 8 Friar teammates handled themselves was just awe-inspiring for me. I shake my head, and my jaw hangs open as I watch these elite athletes completely exhaust themselves and accomplish success that very few will ever even attain in their lifetime.
Our 200 Medley Relay (I believe our 5th straight year) was again swimming in Finals. Kylie Danin, Kat Meyers, Lee Ann Santore, and Meghan Slattery were awarded 9th place (in NYS) medals. The 200 IM was swum by Kylie Danin and Beth Caruana. Meghan Slattery was our high point winner as she swam in Finals in BOTH the 50 free (8th in NYS with a 24.22) and the 100 free (4th in NYS with a 52.17). Note: Slatts will actually swim “a 52” Four Times in this meet!
The 100 fly was swum by Senior Lee Ann Santore and freshman Emily Bardak, who both made it back to finals. Our 200 free relay was swam by Katherine Meyers, Beth Caruana, Lee Ann Santore, and Erin Boyle.
Our 100 back was a roller coaster of an event. Our two amazing backstrokers, Beth Caruana and Kylie Danin both swam to a Tie in prelims! That’s right, an amazing 57.85 for both of them. The celebration quickly became a harsh reality as they both were in 10th place requiring a swim off following the 400 free relay.
Here is where being part of a family, being a teammate, and why being called a Friar is so special. How these ladies handle themselves at times like this is beyond commendable.
As these two elite athletes and teammates prepare to swim… for the 3rd time in our State team history, we called on our relay alternate. Kylie Danin’s anchor spot was swum by sophomore Jillian Smerechniak. Our State alternate’s job is to warm up and prepare just as if they are swimming the event, and sit with cap and goggles in hand until the relay goes off the block. To Jillian’s credit, she did exactly that, and minutes (I’m not kidding… it was minutes) before the relay was to go off she was with her teammates behind the block, and ready to take on States!
The relay swam incredible. Slatts with another 52… (52.90!), Emily Bardak with a 54.56 (WHAT!), Erin Boyle with a 55.90 (yeah baby) and ready for this… our own Jillian Smerechniak with a 55.99 anchor swim!
As for our swim-off… I wish I had the perfect words to describe these two ladies. The swim was just incredible. Both Friars with such determination… and both going 57’s blew me away. Beth with a 57.22, and Kylie with a 57.70 placed them 10th and 11th. But beyond those personal best swims… how they handled themselves was so commendable. I am so proud of you both!
Finals for our relay…
It was two L O N G…. days. The Lady Friars were exhausted. But we are down to the final race. The Granddaddy. I pull the relay team aside. I look into their eyes and ask them for one more. This Friar Team swam SO WELL in Ithaca that we just needed one more dazzling moment to cap off this entire season. I tell my team is time to empty the tank. Leave it all in the pool waters of Ithaca.
Slatts steps on the block… and with her signature powerful stroke, splits a 52.84 (yep, a 52). We are swimming with the best, but Slatts gives us a small lead. Emily said she was nervous… but boy her swim didn’t look like it. The powerhouse freshman motors through the water, and keeps the Friar lead and splits… ready?... a 54.59! In the words of Coach Scott, “oh my God”! Erin Boyle hits her best start of the season, and what a time for it. Through each turn, she stretched that lead from half a body length… to about a full body. The perfect set-up for our anchor. She’s our senior. In every practice she’s been our leader. Never sacrificing or surrendering a single lap to less than 100% effort. And now it’s her time to bring it all home. Through the first 50, the lead remained the same. Through the second 50, Kylie was putting her mark on her Friar career and pulling away. She split a 54.16, and the relay won the heat with a season best 3:37.23!
What a TEAM!
Through it all… all the 5am alarms, the 6am cold water pool entries, the hard work and sacrifices… every one of these Lady Friars can proudly say for the rest of their lives:
They are Champions. 5 Years Undefeated. The number ONE Catholic School in NY State. Number 9 overall in the Federation. And Number ONE on all of Long Island!
And We Are Friars!
Special thanks to all my fellow coaches, Liz, Annie and Scott. My dearest friends who I love to share my time with.
A Special Shout Out to Friar Taylor Sforza, who was dying to swim in this meet, but was unable due to a concussion and injury. Your cheers were just a part of this Championship as your swimming would have been!
To all the Friar Parents: without you, there is no Friar Swim Team. Thanks for all the continued support.
To our team moderator, Mrs. Fahey, who drives the team to school,
And to anyone who is a Friar Fan and part of this Friar Swimming Family, THANK YOU!
Your proud coach,
The 2014 NYSCHSAA Animal Game Champion is Monica Stefandl of TMLA.
We have a Two-time Champ....
Her swimming streamlining techniques are what helped her refine her paper folding skills. That, combined with her winning Friar competitiveness have propelled her to the top of the paper airplane flying art. Congratulations Slatts!
capture CHSAA crown.
Coach Dan McBride was named NSCHSAA Coach of the Year and Junior Meghan Slattery won the meet's MVP Award.
Slattery led the Friars by winning both the 50 & 100 freestyle events and setting a new Catholic State record the 50 Free.
Kylie Danin won the 200 IM for the 3rd time in her illustrious career as a Friar.
Lee Ann Santore captured GOLD in the 100 Fly.
Beth Caruana garnered GOLD in the 100 Back.
200 IM :
:Kylie Danin & Beth Caruana
50 Free AND 100
100 Fly :
:Emily Bardak & Lee Ann Santore
500 Free :
100 Back :
:Beth Caruana & Kylie Danin
|Best of Luck to Friar Nicole Pikulik who is competing at States in Cross Country today.|
This was an extremely talented group trying out for the Boys Varsity Swim/Diving Team.
The following have made the team for the 2014-15 season.
* ALL DIVERS REPORT TO PRACTICE
Mike Mao Sung Yang
Congratulations to the Friars as they defeated Sacred Heart in their final dual meet to remain undefeated for their FIFTH straight season!
This meet was an entire team effort. From top to bottom, the Lady Friars stepped-up and swam their best of the season.
Come cheer on this Amazing Team at Champs on November 8th and 9th!Get ready for Champs!
It was another successful Breast Cancer Awareness Meet!
The Friars were joined by St. Dom's and St. Mary's for their 7th annual Breast Cancer Meet. There were tons of laughs and exciting races swam by both the Pink and Purple teams.
Well, Bitsy Triscari predicted it before the meet even began... and it is my pleasure to Congratulate the Purple team on their first ever win! (Great job Coach Liz and Coach Scott! haha, you both now have bragging rights).
But more than the fun, the three teams collected $218 dollars for our Breast Cancer Donation this year! FANTASTIC JOB!
** Special Thanks to Loretta Jiran and everyone who helped her run the donation table all season! Your dedication and support are priceless.
The Lady Friars are looking more ready for Champs every day with a win over KMHS.
With a very different lineup, the Friars performed with excellence. The meet started off with Caroline Hughes giving one of my favorite performances of the season as she swims back to back events, and swims to a huge 200 freestyle win! Katherine Meyers swam a beautiful 200 IM first place finish. Jillian Smerechniak won the 500 free, and it was awesome to see Mary Bermudez with a big 100 Breaststroke win!
The Friars were electric as team spirit hits a season high with a big win over TMLA
The cheers were heard early as Danin, Santore, Caruana, and Slattery turn in the best 200 medley relay of the season thus far. Aileen Fitzpatrick was in top form as she swam to two first place finishes in our 200 and 500 free events. Caruana, Bardak, and Smerechniak finished a big 1-2-3 respectively in the 200 IM. Meghan Slattery swam a State Qualifying 50 free for the second time this season. Lee Ann Santore and Emily Bardak both with a perfect "touch out" finish in the 100 Fly. And Beth Caruana also swam a repeat State Qualifying time in the 100 back. This was our best performance of the season yet... but better things are soon to come! Let's Go Friars
The Lady Friars continue their streak with a win at home over OLMA
Awesome first place swims were turned in by:
Jillian Smerechniak, Beth Caruana, Erin Boyle, Lee Ann Santore, Kylie Danin, Emily Bardak, and Meghan Slattery
Great Job by all!
Freshman Emily Bardak dug deep with an awesome 200 IM win, that was followed by Gabby Mattutat and Mary Tonna as the Friars went 1,2,3.
Meghan Boyle, Leanne Daly, and Deijah Harris all went best times in the 50 free that sparked cheering from the Friars.
Jillian Smerechniak had a beautiful touch-out win the 50 Free. Kylie Danin, LeeAnn Santore, and Emily Bardak all looked incredibly strong in the 100 fly. Aileen Fitzpatrick had an awesome second half in the 500 free. Katherine Meyers had a commanding win in the 100 breast, and was backed by a beautiful best time swim by Taylor Sforza.
Come support the Friars!
All the following swam to a Win in their respective events:
Meghan "Slatts" Slattery, LeeAnn Santore, Beth Caruana, Kylie Danin, Gabby Mattutat, Aileen Fitzpatrick, Nicole Pikulik, Taylor Sforza, Ashley Jiran, Charlotte Vine, Kate McKevitt.
Congratulations to Senior Katie Rogers who has committed to Scranton!
Kylie Danin and Meghan "Slatts" Slattery lead the Lady Friars as they BOTH qualify for States in the Friars first meet of the season!
Our coaches are already pleased seeing the progress this team has made in just it's first few weeks. We are already looking forward to that special weekend in November!
Friar Meghan Slattery was accepted to the 2013-2014 USA Swimming Scholastic All-America Team!
Meghan was accepted on her academic achievement (number one in her class) and her times in the 50 and 100 freestyle.
Welcome back Brother Etienne!
That's right... Brother Etienne, who started the swim teams at St. Anthony's in 1984, will be the Boys Team Moderator.
We are very happy to have you aboard (again).
And a special Thank You to Dr. Mark Capodanno for all his years of service and enthusiasm to both the boys and girls teams. Forever a Friar Doc!
St. Anthony’s Women’s Swim Team 2014
We always have a talented group trying out for the Girls Varsity Swim Team. Everyone did an amazing job! I congratulate all of you on your hard work and tremendous effort! The following have made the team for the 2014 season.
Please come to practice on Thurs. with your completed uniform order.
Beth Ann Carvana
Girls Swim Team Information for NEW Swimmers & Divers
All swimmers & divers must be cleared with the AD's office in order to tryout.
BLUE Cards must be turned in. NO Exceptions!