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Upcoming Schedule

Tuesday, Nov 24th:   Regular morning practice

Thursday, Nov 25th:  Thanksgiving Morning, NO practice

Sunday, Nov 29th:   Home meet vs St. Francis Prep

Our warm-up has been pushed back a half hour due to a Swim Across America charity event before us.  This will give those swimmers a chance to get out before our meet.

We are now 12:00 Noon warmup and 12:30 start

​Happy Thanksgiving to all!



Girls' State Championships (2015)
      Meet Information Results (prelims) Results (finals)  


Meghan Slattery is awarded the NY State Scholar-Athlete Award at States in Ithaca.  Meghan is the first Catholic HS recipient of this prestigious award!

Of the over 480 participants in the meet, there were 45 nominees for top award given by the Federation at States.  In the words of the officials, Meghan was the clear standout for this years award.  She was so well deserving of the standing ovation!

**  Also, Meghan Slattery received the "Good Sport" award to represent the CHSAA.  She was voted unanimously by all the coaches of the CHSAA. 

Congratulations Slatts!

 The Lady Friars place 5th overall at States!

 What a performance!  The ladies swam their best at Champs...  swam even faster in State Trials...

And YES, even faster at State Finals!  They improved every time they hit the water.  They even had ME at a loss for words...  and cheering for this team is EXHAUSTING!  They keep my adrenaline going ALL DAY!

Our 200 Medley Relay, Beth Caruana, Katherine Meyers, Emily Bardak, and Meghan Slattery finished the season with our best time of 1:48.58 (only .32 off the record) and THIRD overall in NY State!

 Between Champs and States, Emily Bardak swam a personal best time in the 200 IM FOUR times in a row... finally finishing 14th in NY State with a time of 2:09.07!

Do you think consistency is key?  If so, Meghan Slattery proved you correct swimming her last four 50 freestyles with the following times:  24.20 (NEW School Record!) , 24.21, 24.22, and again, 24.22!  That is Amazing!  Slatts finished 13th overall at States in the 50.

Emily Bardak broke 57. TWICE in the 100 fly...  a 56.81 and a 56.57 which yielded an 8th place finish overall in Finals and a New School Record!

Meghan Slattery was super strong in the second half of her 100 free every time she swam!  With a 51.71 New School Record... she finished 6th overall in Finals!

 Our 200 Free Relay, Katherine Meyers, Jillian Smerechniak, Jackie Zahn, and Erin Boyle, were seeded 28th at the start of the meet.  They had a goal of placing 20th to give the Friars a chance to score (relay points are Doubled in championship meets!).  ** Moving up that many places is a HUGE task, especially at a State meet!  In Trials... they all swam their best of the season and...  mission accomplished!  They placed 20th!

On to Finals...

In their outside lane...  the four ladies just tore up that Ithaca pool with four best times (again) and a NEW SCHOOL RECORD of 1:40.01 and placed 13th!  That's right... from 28th to 13th!!  Holy smokes!

 Beth Caruana is one of the toughest competitors that you will ever find.  I think that I'm such a fan of hers because it is so obvious that she just loves to RACE!  Beth swam a 57 backstroke... not once, but Twice in this grueling meet!

Beth's 57.10 gave her a 9th place overall finish in NYS!

 Our 400 Freestyle Relay NEVER disappoints!  When our relays step on the blocks at Finals... I get chills every time!

We [the Friars] have already had a thrilling weekend, and our relay girls are more focused than ever.  Meghan Slattery remains our lead off swimmer with an amazing 51.85!  Emily Bardak had the weekend of her lifetime and capped it off with a 52.54!  Jillian Smerechniak was smiling all weekend and SO READY for her 54.59 swim!  The Friars send off our anchor, Erin Boyle and she swims right there with the best sprinters in NYS, and splits a 54.14 that places the Friars 6th in the State and a NEW SCHOOL RECORD of 3:33.12!

What a celebration!  All 7 Lady Friars made it back to Finals... and all 7 scored points.  Once again, as they always do, a full TEAM effort! The end result...

A 5th place overall finish and number ONE catholic school in New York State!

 I am so proud of all of you!  You were the perfect representation of your team and teammates at such a fast and talented meet!   You swam like...  FRIARS!


The Lady Friars tear up the pool at States in Ithaca!


We have SEVEN Friars representing us at States.  And after the completion of Trials...  ALL SEVEN will be swimming in Finals for points tomorrow!


Our 200 Medley Relay (Beth Caruana, Kat Meyers, Emily Bardak, Meghan Slattery) dropped another half a second and is seeded 6th in the top Finals heat.

 Emily Bardak swam her personal best 200 IM jumping up to be seeded 16th in finals tomorrow.

Top CHSAA 50 freestyler, Meghan Slattery, is seeded 11th in finals tomorrow.

Sophomre Emily Bardak is now at the top of the St. Anthony's record board with her amazing 56.57 in the 100 fly which has her seeded 5th in Finals.

 Another record falls, as senior and captain Meghan Slattery swims the fastest 100 free in school history with a 51.71 and is also seeded 5th for Finals tomorrow.

The 200 free relay  (Kat Meyers, Jillian Smerechniak, Jackie Zahn, Erin Boyle) swam their best of the season and moved up to 20th for Finals tomorrow!  This gives us THREE scoring relays at States!  ** huge! **

 Junior Beth Caruana swims ANOTHER awesome 100 back with a time of 57.10 which has her seeded 8th in Finals!

And it's not over there...

Our 400 Free Relay (Meghan Slattery, Emily Bardak, Jillian Smerechniak, Erin Boyle) swim a 3:36 to land them 8th for Finals in the Granddaddy of all relays tomorrow! 

What a great first day...  get plenty of sleep Friar Fans... for tomorrow we have Finals!!

Stay tuned to Meet Mobile and twitter... the Friars are ready to rock!



CHSAA Zoo Animal Game State Champions!

 The 2015 CHSAA Zoo Animal State Co-Champions are junior Sam Merino from TMLA, and senior Meghan Slattery from St. Anthony's!

Due to Meghan "Slatts" being a senior... her "inch worm" animal is now Retired!  It seemed the faster the game pace went... the faster that "inch worm" would go!

 The original Zoo Animal retired was the "tiger" of TMLA State Champion, Tara Mulligan.  Tara is still highly regarded as one of the top Zoo animal players of all time.

 And the 2014 State Champion was Monica Stefandl of TMLA.  Her now retired "octopus" was just too hard for some players to mimic... thus made her one of the top Zoo Animal Champions!


2015 NYS Paper Airplane Flying Champion

 It was the toughest competition yet...  with a new set of rules. 

1.   One 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of copy paper

2.   One standard paperclip allowed for weight (optional)

3.   3 inches max of scotch tape.

**   Top 5 go to the semi-finals, Top 3 to the finals

 It takes 3 quality throws to become Champion.  Consistency and straight flights are the key!  Meghan Slattery, the reigning two time State Champ with her stealth airplane design was taken out early with a doorway collision. Coach Dan looked to be favorite with the longest flight of the day, but he choked in the finals with a collision with the wall that took him out.  The three consistent flights of the competition went this years NYS Paper Airplane Champion from TMLA, Kendall Paolicelli! 


Congratulations to ALL the participants as this was the best competition yet!




Sean Cannon and Andrew Stange lead the Friars over St. Peter's as they qualify for States in the season opener. 

The Friars appear to be swimming right where they left off last year with a super strong home opener.  Andrew Stange qualified for states in the 100 fly in his first ever varsity meet!

Friar senior and captain Sean Cannon qualified in BOTH the 50 free AND 100 fly as older brother and former Friar, Chris  Cannon cheered as if he's still on the team.

The Friars already appear to be a powerhouse this year as Noah Chernik looked in top shape winning the 200 free.  Freshman sensation Michael Change was a double winner in his first Friar dual meet winning the 200 IM and 100 breast.  Cade McCormack already turned in best times sprinting in the 50 and 100 free.  Freshman Jordan Fargo won the 100 free in his first Friar dual meet. 

Burke Sansiviero and Conor Lucas were a strong supporting cast behind distance sensation CJ Arena as they go 1-2-3 in the 400m freestyle.

Hey Friar Fans...  make sure you get to as many meets as possible as this is one heck of a team!  And don't blink... you might miss something!



Unbeaten in the regular season, the Lady Friars go on to win the 2015 NSGCHSAA Championship in convincing fashion.

Congratulations to Sacred Heart & The Mary Louis Academy on their 2nd & 3rd place finishes, respectively.
Megan Slattery was named meet MVP after winning both the 50 & 100 Freestyle Events.  Slattery broke her own Catholic State record in the 50 free, winning that event by 0.01 seconds.

Beth Caruana nearly missed breaking Melissa Bischoff's Catholic State record in the 100 Backstroke, winning the event but barely missing the record by a mere 0.09 seconds.

Emily Bardak was the only other Friar swimmer to win an individual event, winning the 200 IM by over 2 seconds.

Friar swimmers captured
GOLD in both the 200 Medley Relay (Caruana, Bardak, Katherine Meyers, & Slattery) and the 400 Freestyle Relay (Erin Boyle, Bardak, Jillian Smerechniak, & Slattery).

Sacred Heart's Freshman Lauryn Johnson won two events, the 100 Butterfly & 500 Free and St. John the Baptist's Eliza Brant rewrote the record books, winning the 100 Breastroke at this year's championships.

Coach Dan McBride was named "Coach of the Year" by the NSGCHSAA.



The Friars Swimming Family is praying for the speedy recovery of Senior and Captain of the St. Francis Prep Swim Team, Dana Villano

Dana suffered a possible stroke during the 200 Free event swimming for her team. 

The entire CHSAA Family hopes to see you soon!


Boys Swimming & Diving

Team Roster (2015-16)

This was an extremely talented group trying out for the Boys Varsity Swimming/Diving 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 2015-16 season.  Please come to practice Thursday, October 29th.



Dylan Champagne

Michael Chang

Ian Fitzpatrick

Konall Keane

Justin Meyn

Michael Stoski

Connor Sullivan


Jordan Fargo

Rory Hughes

Connor Lucas

Kate McKevitt

Fred Rupmarian

Burke Sansiviero

Connor Towers


CJ Arena

Gavin Boyd

Daniel Cellamare

Jake Krotz

Arya Mahabadi

Mike Mao

Cade McCormack

Conor Rutigliano

Andrew Stange

John Sterbens


Kyle Barry

Sean Cannon

John Carnevale

Noah Chernik

Joe Fouad

Tyler Meyers

Austin Nguyen

Brendan Ryan


Meet Results

vs. Sacred Heart
Record 8-0
The Lady Friars remain undefeated with an outstanding performance against Sacred Heart.

 Gabby Mattutat was named meet MVP with THREE outstanding event changing "touch-outs!"

 Yes, it's an outstanding stat... that it took SEVEN State Qualifying times in ONE dual meet to beat Sacred Heart!

The 200 Medley Relay (Caruana, Meyers, Bardak, Slattery), two by senior and Captain Meghan Slattery (50 and 100 free), two by junior Beth Caruana (100 fly and 100 back), and two by sophomore Emily Bardak (200 IM and 100 fly).  But a meet like that goes way beyond your superstars.  Everyone who steps up on that block is scoring points for the Friars... and tonight, every point counted!

Special shout-out to Junior Jillian Smerechniak...  who RACED an incredible 1700 yards in the Friars two Biggest WINS of the season! 

Congratulations to ALL our Lady Friars on the best meet BY FAR in the past four years. 

Seniors... thank you for your leadership, and lets take this positive roll we are on straight into Championships!

vs. The Mary Louis Academy
Record 7-0

Senior Meghan Slattery, Junior Beth Caruana, and Sophomore Emily Bardak ALL swim State Qualifying times in the Friars 7th win of the season.

Last night in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Sports Club, it was all Friars!  Right from the 200 Medley Relay, the talented ladies put the pressure on TMLA.  Coach Dan said "it was by far our best performance of the season thus far.  I was very proud to see all their hard work starting to pay off."

Jillian swam a strong 200 free as well as freshman Pleasant Palmer.  Emily Bardak wins, and Amanda Heinz swam a season best in the 200 IM.  Slatts as well as Karen Ip dominated their heats in the 50 free.  Hanna Skrodanes continues to improve in the fly as she wins the 50 again.  Emily and Beth Caruana went 1-3 against TMLA's top butterflyer.  Slatts swam another state qualifying 53 point 100 freestyle, and Erin Boyle swam her season best.  Amanda Nasti has been working hard to improve her 500 distance freestyle and turned in an awesome swim.  Beth Caruana went 1:00 in the 100 back and qualified for States.  Senior Hana Heavey has been improving every time she swims her breaststroke again this season and came away with a great win in the 50.  Freshman Danielle Pikulik wins the 100 breast, and Devin Gilio swam her BEST of the season by far.  And if you think all this sounds good... JUST WAIT;  two more meets to go this week and the Lady Friars are just getting started! 

vs. Kellenberg
Record 6-0
Sophomore Emily Bardak shines in the Friars win over Kellenberg Memorial

Fall is finally turning cold... but the Lady Friars are just starting to heat up!  The meet kicked off with an awesome Friar 200 medley relay battle as Nicole Pikulik, Karen Ip, Jackie Zahn, and Mary Tonna just "touched out" Vanessa Franco, Danielle Pikulik, Amanda Nasti, and Bryn Harley (by less than a second) for an opening 1-2 Friar finish.  That was followed up with Emily Bardak's amazing 212.83 State Qualifying 200 IM swim! 

Hannah Skrodanes is improving every time she hits the water and shines with wins in both 50 fly and backstroke.  Beth Caruana swam a personal best 500 free with an incredible 5:15.94!  Hana Heavey, Charlotte Vine, and Sydney Bernhardt gave the Friars an awesome 1-2-3 finish in the 50 breast.  The final highlight that had the entire place cheering was when Meghan Slattery, Emily Bardak, Jillian Smerechniak, and Katherine Meyers qualified St. Anthony's for the 200 Free Relay at States!   (Ithaca or bust!) 

The Lady Friars are now 5-0!

vs. St. Mary's & St. Dom's
Record 5-0
This years Breast Cancer Awareness Meet was another tremendous success! 

I'd like to thank EVERYONE who made last nights Breast Cancer Awareness Meet so much fun and a tremendous success!   The effort from all the swimmers, all my fellow coaches, Sarah Triscari who scores all our meets, our official, and course... all our Friar parents cheering in the stands and loving the close meet.

**  Special thanks to St. Dom's Coach Caitlin, St. Mary's Coach Paul, and all their swimmers and parents who helped make this meet such a success!

I personally had a blast!

(plus... after the Purple team destroyed my team last year giving Coach Liz and Coach Annie bragging rights for an entire year, it was great to get the win back!  HAHAHA) 


Our bake sale yielded $120!   In addition, we received $250 in donation checks and more still to come!   UNBELIEVABLE!

Thank you... thank you... thank you!

** Special shout out to 11 year old Jaden Byrne (St. Dom's) who gave up his $10 allowance and donated it to our Breast Cancer Meet.

You are one amazing young man Jaden!

Final:   The Pink team held off the late attack from the Purple team who tied the meet up twice, for a final 118-116 Pink team victory!


vs. St. Francis Prep.
Record 3-0
Meghan Slattery leads the Lady Friars to victory over St. Francis Prep.

It was the best meet of the season so far, with some close swims where the Friars showed their determination.  Meghan "Slatts" Slattery dominated the 100 free and qualified for States with a 53.00!  A fantastic dual meet swim from our captain.

Sam Silva swam her personal best 50 free and Danielle McCabe swam a beautiful 50 fly.  Gabby Mattutat is improving every time she hits the water this season and had a dominating win in the 100 fly.  Sarah Schatz showed a ton of potential in her first ever 400m Free.  Both freshmen, Kiersten Clancy and Vanessa Franco had beautiful backstroke swims.  Jillian Smerechniak, Amanda Heinz, and Danielle Pikulik battled it out in the 100 breast... but their 1,2,4 finish locked up the third win of the season!

vs. St. John the Baptist
Record 2-0
Beth Caruana leads the Friars in a big win over John the Baptist

Beth Caruana qualifed her second individual event for States as she wins the 100 backstroke!  

Emily Bardak ripped the pool up with an outstanding swim in the 200 Free (just missing a State cut...)

Captain Meghan Slattery, one of the hardest working swimmers you will ever find looked awesome in the 200 IM.

Welcome back this year Hana Heavey... as she wins her 50 free!

Devin Gilio is broadening her event list as she wins the 50 fly.

Lauren Kryger is so strong as she wins the 100 fly.

Freshman Regan Bruno had a huge confidence building swim as she wins the 100 free.

Jackie Zahn gets her first win of the season in the 100 free.

Jillian Smerechniak is amazing to watch as she swims a fantastic 400 free with a huge win.

Freshman Hannah Skrodanes gets her first win as a Friar in the 50 back.

Freshman Danielle Pikulik shows off her beautiful technique winning the 100 breaststroke.

Congrats to ALL on a fantastic performance!

vs. Holy Trinity
Record 1-0
Friars' Relay qualifies for States in meet vs. Holy Trinity

The very first race of the first event of the first meet of the season already started us off with a bang as Beth Caruana, Kat Meyers, Emily Bardak, and Meghan Slattery qualified the Friars for States in the 200 Medley Relay!  

The Lady Friars went on to have Two More state qualifiers, as Emily Bardak AND Beth Caruana BOTH qualified in the 100 fly.

Pleasant Palmer won the 200 free in her first ever event as a Friar!

Jillian Smerechniak already looks fantastic as she wins the 200 IM.

In her first year as a Friar, junior Bryn Harley won the 50 free.

Captain Erin Boyle won the 100 free.

Freshman Vanessa Franco looked outstanding in her first event as a Friar winning the 100 back.

Captain Meghan Slattery was amazing winning the 100 breast.


Relay Carnival
The Friars show their talent kicking off the season at the Relay Carnival

The Lady Friars are already swimming like a team.  Our Captains Meghan and Erin, our seniors, and all our upperclass leaders have done a remarkable job making all our new swimmers feel comfortable. 

Great job to all.

Our final 8x25, 200 free relay brought the house down as Erin Boyle, Emily Bardak, Kat Meyers, Jackie Zahn, Kiersten Clancy, Jill Smerechniak, Pleasant Palmer, and the awesome finish by Beth Caruana, were able to win by only .08!  Whew...!



Swim Across America

CJ Arena and JD Sterbens represented the Friars and raised over $2000 to beat Cancer at Swim Across America.

CJ was the overall winner of the full mile race...

& JD won the half mile!

Incredible accomplishment!



Friar Alum Caitlin Napoli ('06) on your engagement!

Friar Alum Kevin Lindsey ('06) on your wedding!

Former Girls Moderator Laura Giannuzzi on your wedding!



Remembering Friar Maggie Fischer

Ashley Jiran ('15) swam the Great South Bay finishing 27th out of 109 (and beating Coach Dan by .02).

Friar Alum Garret Golden ('00) has the 2nd most bay swims in history with his 15th crossing!  Amazing!