New Jersey Junior Olympic State Championships
The Tide continues to rise. The JCC Bridgewater Tide made a strong impact this past weekend at the New Jersey Junior Olympic State Championships at Rutgers University. The Tide now has it’s first State Champion and Nationally ranked swimmer, Carter Weiland, 12, who placed first in both the mens 11-12 400 IM and 1500 Freestyle with USA Swimming National Top 10 times. Carter also brought home a Silver Medal in the 800 Freestyle and 6 Bronze Medals. Evan Kott won medals in the 13-14 Boys 100 Breaststroke, 200 Breaststroke, 200 IM and 400 IM and Doug Quagliato placed in the 15 and over boys 200 Breaststroke, 400 IM, and 200 Fly. Also scoring points that contributed to the Tide’s highest place finish in team history: Leah Juechter’s 12th place finish in the 11-12 girls 200 Breaststroke, Rayna Klugherz’s 11th place finish in the11-12 girls 200 Breaststroke, Riley Pestorius’s 15th place finish in the 13-14 boys 400 IM, Melody Visconti’s 15th place finish in the 13-14 girls 200 breaststroke. In total, the Tide sent 22 swimmers to Rutgers this weekend to compete amongst the top swimmers in the state: Christine Arcoleo, Brendan Blood, Eileen Blood, Alexis Brewer, Ryan Bugianesi, Leah Juechter, Hannah Lesser, Paul Pacelli, Sarah Pacelli, Riley Pestorius, Doug Quagliato, Kinsey Rushevics, Melody Visconti, Carter Weiland, Ethan Weiland and Bhavya Yalamanchili of Bridgewater; Katelyn Battagliese of Hillsborough; Zoe Bender of Bedminster, Nick Berger of Warren, Evan Kott of Piscataway; and Rayna Klugherz and Hayley Margulis of Basking Ridge. The Tide swimmers continue to make quite an impression on the State and National swimming scene with strong individual and relay swims overall. Looking ahead, Kott, Quagliato and Weiland will be representing the Tide and New Jersey at Eastern Zones in Richmond, Virginia next weekend. Also representing the Tide at Zones is Coach Steve Wilson who was selected to represent NJ Swimming as a Zones Coach, a huge honor for Coach Wilson and the Tide.
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JCC Bridgewater Tide Success Continues in North Carolina
21 swimmers traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina April 4-7 to represent the JCC Bridgewater Tide at the prestigious Sunkissed Invitational Junior/ Senior Championships of the USA. Coaches Mike Yearwood, Mike Pestorius, and Ward Weiland accompanied swimmers Ross Bernstein, Brendan Blood, Eileen Blood, Alexis Brewer, Ryan Bugianesi, Jennifer Doorly, Alan Du, Griffin Halpin, Leah Juechter, Hannah Lesser, Riley Pestorius, Josh Pica, Jacob Pica, Doug Quagliato, Kinsey Rushevics, Melody Visconti, Carter Weiland, Ethan Weiland, all of Bridgewater; Nick Berger of Warren, Rayna Klugherz of Basking Ridge, and Evan Kott of Piscataway to the 4-day meet attended by teams from all over the country. Continuing the trend of the Tide’s growing success this season, the team made quite an impression with multiple swimmers having significant time drops and making the finals each night. Alexis Brewer, Ryan Bugianesi, Riley Pestorius, Jacob Pica, Doug Quagliato, Melody Visconti, Carter Weiland and Evan Kott swam an impressive total of 21 individual event finals. The Junior Boys relay of Carter Weiland, Jacob Pica, Riley Pestorius, and Ryan Bugianesi placed 3rd earning a bronze medal with spectacular swims by all four boys.
Junior Boys relay team of (L-R) Ryan Bugianesi, Riley Pestorius, Jacob Pica, Carter Weiland placed 3rd earning a bronze medal.
This meet was the culmination of an explosive 2012-2013 Short Course season for the Tide. According to Coach Yearwood, “This was the greatest performance we have had in the history of our team, and to have such success at a meet of this caliber gave the Tide very positive national exposure. There were so many highlights, it’s hard to pick just one, but having our boys relay get on the podium to receive their medals and roses was definitely a crowning moment for the team. Watching Tide swimmers win heat after heat is something I will remember for a long time.” With the incredible growth the Tide has been experiencing, the team hopes to double the number of swimmers that attend Sunkissed next year and continue to make an impression on the national swimming community.
For more information on swimming with the Tide, contact Coach Yearwood at email@example.com or 908-725-6994 x252.
2013 JCC Tide Junior Olympic Squad
Fifteen swimmers represented the JCC Bridgewater Tide this year at the New Jersey Junior Olympics held at Rutgers University on March 8-‐10, 2013. Kinsey Rushevics, Leah Juechter, Hannah Lesser, Carter Weiland, Alexis Brewer, Christine Arcoleo, Doug Quagliato, Ross Bernstein, Alan Du, Philippe Hayek, John O’Brien and Jacob Pica, all of Bridgewater, Katelyn Battagliese of Hillsborough, Evan Kott of Piscataway, and Rayna Klugherz of Basking Ridge, all qualified for and swam at this state championship meet with outstanding results for the Tide.