As the weather gets cold, high school sports head indoors for the Ridge High School varsity teams. With the winter season getting underway, we will look at the teams who are just kicking off the season. Today, we look at the Ridge girls and boys swim teams.
The Ridge swim teams come into 2011-2 looking at a new crop of leaders after graduating some of their most competitive athletes. Last year, the boys team was 5-7 and 5th in the county championships. The girls team was 5-8 in 2010-11 and placed 6th in the county championships.
The teams' season already has started, and their record presently is 1-2 for the boys and the girls are 1-3.
KEEP YOUR EYE ON
Aaron Schlemovitz, freshman — Very strong in the 200 and 500 freestyle
Jackson Crewe, freshman — Strong in the 50 and 100 freestyle and the 100 butterfly
Matt Glockenmeirer, sophomore — Look for Matt in the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke
Bradley Wachenfeld, senior captain — Bradley will be looking for wins in the county, conference and Meet of Champions. His strengths are in the 200 and 500 freestyle and the 100 backstroke.
Brianna Thompson, sophomore — Brianna competes in the 100 backstroke and 100 freestyle
Kristina Cheung, senior — Strong in the 100 and 200 freestyle
Sarah Valente, senior captain — Valente is very competitive in the 100 backstroke and the 100 freestyle
Hayley Margulis, freshman — Strong in the 50 and 100 freestyle
THEY WILL MISS
Amanda Wachenfeld — Amanda is at Tufts University and swims on a club team.
Stephen Raynes — Raynes is at Columbia and is swimming on the varsity team.
Eric Chun — Eric is swimming on a club team at Rutgers.
Joey Patchett — Patchett is a freshman at Penn State as is swimming on a club team.
BOYS — Bradley Wachenfeld and Brian Patchett
GIRLS — Sarah Valente and Kristyn Julian
"We took a big hit last year regarding our senior class and as a result it is going to be difficult to improve on our record in both the regular and championship season. Our goal is to bring relay teams to the Meet of Champions and place in the top 6 in the county and conference." — Ridge head coach Melanie Dupuis
THEY SAID IT
"We recognize we are in a hard division this year. We are really looking to focus on self-improvement and best times and having a really good time. It is going to be a great season and I am looking forward to it." — Ridge captain Sarah Valente
ADDITIONAL NOTE: Captains Valente and Julian have been swimming competitively together since the 1st grade at Pleasant Valley Pool.
NEXT UP: Girls and boys swim teams at 3:30 p.m. next Tuesday at Bridgewater-Raritan High School.
Ridge Swim Teams Roster