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Ridge Swim Teams Look For New Leaders

New season has challenges with loss of strong swimmers in last year's senior class.

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.

OVERVIEW

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

BOYS

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.

GIRLS

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.

CAPTAINS

BOYS — Bradley Wachenfeld and Brian Patchett

GIRLS — Sarah Valente and Kristyn Julian

COACHES TAKE

"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

Girls Team:

Jen Belardo

Kate Bradley

Allison Byrne

Lauren Byrne

Haley Carney

Allison Casar

Ava Chen

Julie Chen

Kristina Cheung

Emily Connolly

Katie Corrigan

Lauren Heaslip

Kristyn Julian

Marguerite Kinsella

Katherine Leopold

Haley Margulis

Kelsey McKeon

Emmi Pascarella

Darby Pochtar

Haley Pochtar

Stephanie Ruderman

Micki Scanniello

Alison Shim

Maria Sirenko

Katie Smidt

Stephanie Somar

Brianna Thompson

Ashana Torani

Sarah Valente

Kristina Wenner

Egi Zalla

Boys Team:

Kevin Bai

Patrick Burns

Spenser Cheung

Jackson Crewe

Miles Druce

Matt Glockenmeier

Andrew Glockenmeier

Prateek Gupta

Jonathon Jen

Terrill Jones

Richard Lago

Dylan Lettie

Joe Maese

Jimmy Martinson

David Mazumder

Jeremy Mazumder

Liam Mcenaney

Connor McKeon

Brian Patchett

Kunal Patnaik

Ian Peczak

Michael Pensabene

Aaron Schlemovitz

Bradley Wachenfeld

Matt Wall

Justin Wu

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