Middletown swimmers look for another solid summer Team has good balance of experienced and novice swimmers

first_img Middletown swimmers look for another solid summer Team has good balance of experienced and novice swimmers With many key competitors back, the Middletown Swim and Tennis Club’s swim team is off to a 2-0 start as it seeks to make its mark in the Monmouth County Swim League. Coach Lynn Cefalo’s crew went 6-2 overall last summer, and many of its competitors also swim for other quality teams, such as the Red Bank YMCA, the Monmouth Barracudas and the YMCA of Western Monmouth County. Solid throughout, the Middletown contingent is particularly strong in the 11-12, 13-14 and 15-18 age groups. Thus far, Middletown has defeated both Strathmore and Brookside. “Our team has a lot of potential,” Cefalo said. “We have a lot of depth and a group of experienced swimmers. We’re expecting a good season.” In all Cefalo has 13 swimmers on the team, ranging from experienced to novices, including one 4-year-old. So it’s the coach’s job not only to enhance the skills of the veterans, but to teach the newcomers as well. “Our goal is to help everyone improve,” she said. “Most of our older swimmers stick around and help out teaching the younger ones. That’s a big help, and it says a lot about their dedication to the team.” The Middletown club’s top swimmers include the following: • 8-and-under: Harrison Cefalo, Chrystal Murray, Mike O’Malley, Alexa Sacerdote, Brandon Schur and Christa Skribner. • 9-10: Kevin Boettger, Jake Marascio, Katie Marino, Michael Norton, Patrick O’Donnell, Erin O’Malley, Benjamin Raphael and Ashley Slate. • 11-12: Aubrey Cefalo, Jordan Crosby and Taylor Crosby, Martin Harm, Lauren Mari, Kyle Slate and Eric van Schaack. • 13-14: Nicole Castronuova, Chris Cefalo, Michael Harm, John Maio, Allison Marino, Christine McCluskey, Dana Sacerdote, Sandra Stabbert and John Sutton. • 15-18: Jessica Boettger, Lara Garnant, Kate Martensen, Stephen Pietrunti, Will and Matt Schweizer and John Slivka. Martensen also serves as an assistant coach. Middletown has six meets remaining. Each meet is broken down into two portions. The girls compete in the butterfly and breaststroke, while the boys compete in freestyle and backstroke on the Wednesday of each meet. The girls and boys then switch competitions on Saturday. By Warren Rappleyea Staff Writer last_img read more

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