BY Izumi Hara | Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 10:15am
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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
BY Izumi Hara | Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017 3:49pm
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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
BY Izumi Hara | Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 3:48pm
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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
BY Izumi Hara | Monday, Jan 09, 2017 2:30pm
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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.
(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
BY Izumi Hara | 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
BY Izumi Hara | Friday, Dec 02, 2016 2:48pm
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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