Mountie Boys Foursome Heads to NJ Meet of Champions

BY  |  Friday, Mar 03, 2017 8:45am

MHS Boys 400 Free Relay team will head to the NJ Meet of Champions: Makai Charles, Justin Ellis, Kai Michaud and Thatcher Smith

MHS boys, who finished their regular season with a 7-3 record, were seeded 3rd in the North 1 A State sectionals and had a bye in the first round. They faced 6th seeded River Dell in the quarterfinals on February 10. With top finishes by senior captains Makai Charles (100 free) and Kai Michaud (200 free and 500 free) and sophomore Thatcher Smith (100 back) and strong relay performances by Charles, Michaud, Smith and freshman standouts Tommy White (200 medley relay) and Justin Ellis (400 free relay), the Mountie boys easily defeated River Dell 98.5 – 71.5.

Freshman standout Justin Ellis

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MHS Girls Swimming Looks Forward to Next Year

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 01, 2017 11:15am


Senior Samantha Corredor led the Mounties in the 100 fly this season.

Montclair High School girls swim season came to a close at their State sectional quarterfinal meet on February 10 against Pascack Valley. The Mountie girls, who finished the regular season with a 4-5 record were seeded 4th in the tourney and had a bye in the first round. Lagging by 2 points going into the final event, the Mountie girls were in a must-win situation. Montclair captured a strong second and third place in the 400 free relay, but came up short in the point totals.

The Montclair girls were led by senior Samantha Corredor, junior Jordan Caro, sophomores Maya Crawford, Kathrynna Demetillo and Louisa Skerry and freshman Mia Padberg in the individual events. This girls team exhibited strong team spirit all year and that spirit was evident in their final 200 free relay of the season where the Mounties captured first and second place, earning 12 of their 83 points in that one event.


Seniors Lina Koschik, Caroline Creaser and Mishi Chow embrace after swimming a best time in the 200 free relay.

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Championship Season in Full Swing for Montclair YMCA Dolphins

BY  |  Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 2:00pm

Amy Chen qualified for the NJ YMCA Silver Championships in the 200 back.

For the past several weekends, the Montclair YMCA Dolphins have been competing in championship meets that provide swimmers with additional opportunities to qualify for the 2017 NJ YMCA State Championships.

The NJ YMCA Bronze Championships took place at the Raritan Bay YMCA in Perth Amboy on February 11-12. At the Bronze meet, 87 Dolphins competed to achieve qualifying times for the NJ YMCA Silver Championships. Fifteen of the swimmers made one or more Silver cuts. Five of those swimmers qualified for the Y Silvers for the first time this season: Fifi Amanuel (12) of West Orange, Amy Chen (16) of Montclair, Santiago Galvan (12) of Clifton, Zubin Kremer-Guha (14) of South Orange and Gabriel Remache (13) of Nutley. Tina Pavlidis (13) of West Orange qualified for the Silver championships in an impressive four additional events at the Bronze meet: the 100 free, 100 & 200 breast and the 200 IM. Continue Reading

Little Dolphins Make Waves at NJ YMCA 8 And Under Championships

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 10:15am

Melanie Dripchak medalled in each of her three events. Photo: Izumi Hara

Thirty-three young dolphins, ranging from ages 6 – 8 competed in the New Jersey YMCA 8 & Under Swimming Championships on February 5th at the Raritan Valley Community College pool. Nineteen little Dolphins finished in the top 20 in their races including 9 who had one or more top 10 finishes. They are: Bowen Brownstein (7), Kyle Dripchak (8), Melanie Dripchak (8), Maeve Rodgers (6) and Noah Rodgers (8) of Montclair, Caitlin Hood (7), Charles Loeb (8) and William Pearce (7) of Glen Ridge, and Maya Zidziunas of West Orange.

M. Dripchak medalled in each of her three events with a silver in the 25 free and the 100 IM and a bronze in the 25 fly. Her brother, K. Dripchak, took bronze medals in two events; the 25 free and the 25 back. Loeb also received a bronze medal in the 25 breast.

Matt Garifo, Head Age-Group coach said, “This was a great opportunity for our youngest swimmers to get experience at a big championship meet. Their hard work showed in their results and we are very proud of them!” Continue Reading

MHS Swim Report: Boys Defeat Newark Academy, Girls Victorious Against Mount St. Dominic

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017 3:49pm

Senior Samantha Corredor flying to victory against Mount St. Dominic. Photo: Jess Michaud.

On Friday January 27, MHS Girls took on Mount St. Dominic at the MSU Panzer Pool in their last home meet of the regular season. It was a battle from the start, with the lead constantly bouncing back and forth between the teams. Although tied after 6 events, the Mountie girls later lagged by 3 points with 3 events to go. The girls rallied to outscore MSD in the next 2 events and led by 4 points going into the 400 free relay, the final event.

Senior captain Lina Koschik leading the Mounties in the 200 free against MSD. Photo: Jess Michaud.

The Mountie girls would have to take first place, or both second and third place to win. With strong performances from their A and B relay teams, the MHS girls captured both second and third place in the relay for the win, 86-84. A credit to the depth of this team, the girls took first place in only two events but earned the overall win. Continue Reading

MHS Swimmers Dig Deep at 2017 EC/SEC Swimming Championships

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 3:48pm

Montclair High School competed in the 2017 Essex County/Super Essex Conference Swimming Championships at the Raritan Bay YMCA in Perth Amboy on January 16. The Mounties had a great meet, with many best times recorded, including three Meet of Champions cuts. The Mountie boys finished in third place and the girls finished in seventh place. Eight boys and nine girls contributed to the team point totals. They were: seniors Kai Michaud, Makai Charles and Duncan Richmond, juniors Steven Iovine and Thatcher Smith and freshmen Justin Ellis, Roman Miklaszewski and Tommy White for the boys and seniors Samantha Corredor and Stephanie Fox, juniors Jordan Caro and Amy Chen, sophomores Kathrynna Demetillo, Maya Crawford and Louisa Skerry and freshmen Mia Padberg and Josephine Myung for the girls.

MHS Boys and Girls Swimming County Championship Team. Photo: Izumi Hara

MHS Boys and Girls Swimming County Championship Team. Photo: Izumi Hara

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MHS Swimming Wins One and Loses One

BY  |  Monday, Jan 09, 2017 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Montclair High School took on West Essex on January 4 at the Caldwell Community Center pool. While both the Mountie boys and girls were expected to win, the girls, missing several strong swimmers due to injury and illness and suffering a setback when sophomore Kathrynna Demetillo’s strong first place finish in the 100 fly was nullified, fell to the Knights 89-81, despite strong performances from Freshman standout Mia Padberg, who won the 200 IM and 100 breast, Demetillo, who won the 100 back and the winning 400 free relay team of Demetillo, Padberg, senior Samantha Corredor and sophomore Maya Crawford.

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(L to R) Top row: Duncan Richmond, Stephanie Fox, Kai Michaud, Caroline Creaser, Makai Charles. Bottom row: Samantha Corredor, Kate Severson, Michi Chow and Lina Koschik. Photo: Jess Michaud.

The boys, on the other hand, overpowered a small West Essex boys team and with strong swimming by senior captains, Makai Charles and Kai Michaud, sophomore Thatcher Smith, junior Steven Iovine and freshman Justin Ellis, cruising to victory 126-39. Continue Reading

Montclair YMCA Dolphins Compete at OCY Winter Classic

BY  |  Monday, Dec 19, 2016 3:00pm

The Ocean County YMCA held its annual OCY Winter Classic swim meet (formerly Strong Kids Invitational) on December 9-11 in Toms River. More than 720 swimmers from nine teams including 85 Montclair YMCA Dolphins competed in the annual scholarship fundraiser meet.

Sixty-two Dolphins swimmers earned 233 top 20 finishes for the team. Over 94% of the swimmers saw improvements in their times, with a number of new qualifications for the NJ Swimming Junior Olympics and the team favorite Sunkissed Invitational Jr/Sr Championships of the USA to be held in Charlotte, NC at the end of March 2017. Continue Reading

Montclair High School Swim Team Defeats MKA in Season Opener

BY  |  Friday, Dec 02, 2016 2:48pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Montclair	 Senior Samantha Corredor	swims the	 200	IM	against MKA. Photo: Jess Michaud.

Montclair Senior Samantha Corredor swims the 200 IM against MKA. Photo: Jess Michaud.

The Montclair High School swim team competed in their first meet of the season against The Montclair Kimberley Academy on Thursday, December 1. The Mounties scored decisive victories over the MKA boys 127-43 and girls 128-41. The Montclair girls were led by top finishers: senior Samantha Corredor, junior Amy Chen, sophomores Kathrynna Demetillo and Maya Crawford and freshman Mia Padberg. The Montclair boys were led by the boys’ team co-captain, senior Kai Michaud and other top finishers: junior Steven Iovine, sophomore Thatcher Smith and freshmen Justin Ellis, Roman Miklaszewski and Tommy White. The Mountie girls and boys each swept 4 events and had 1-2 finishes in all but a few events. Continue Reading

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