2003-03-22 / Sports

Bishop Kearney High School Swimming Recap

(Breezy Point)
By Valerie Gilson
Bishop Kearney High School Swimming Recap By Valerie Gilson’91 (Breezy Point)


The 2002-2003-swim season for the Bishop Kearney Varsity Swim Team was a great one! The year started off with a bang, with the team remaining undefeated throughout the early part of the season. Both meets in November were won through a combination of depth and great swimming on the part of the team.

December was another great month, as the freshman squad, 11 members strong, captured the Freshman Cham­pionship title. That meet was a group effort, with freshmen Marisa Rudolph (Belle Harbor) and Keara Savage (Belle Harbor) leading the way. Each freshman won their individual events and combined with Tiffany Rivera and Catherine Garvin to win the 200-medley relay. At the end of the meet, Jackie Ward, Catherine Garvin, Marisa Ru­dolph and Keara Savage teamed up again to take second place in the 200 freestyle relay. The championship fresh­man squad was comprised of Courtney Donahue (Rockaway Park), Christine Fiorella, Cather­ine Garvin, Mary Gil, Nora Howard (Rockaway Park), Christine Landescini, Tif­fany Riv­era, Marisa Ru­dolph, Keara Savage, and Jackie Ward.

The League Champion­ship meet was held in Feb­ruary at the end of the season, and all thirteen teams in the league participated. The meet began on Satur­day, and the top 24 swimmers in each event are in­vited back to compete again on Sunday. The teams earn­ed points based on how the swimmers placed on Sunday. The meet was a very exciting one for Kearney, as each team member swam a best time either on Saturday or Sunday. Our seniors, Diana Corda, Sarah Davitt-Sweeney, Siobhan Gar­rity, Stephanie Hernandez, Cristin Mullen, Kristine Szemelynec and Valerie Walsh were honored in a Se­nior Walk for their accomplishment of competing at the varsity level for four years.

They also combined to give Kearney some of its most exciting swims of the season. Cristin Mullen swam personal best times in both the 200 freestyle, and the 500 freestyle, to place 5th and 6th respectively. Stephanie Hernan­dez, who also qualified in the 200 IM and placed 7th, joined her in the 500. Siobhan Garrity also competed in the 200 IM capturing 15th place, and then came back 2 events later in the 100 fly to take 1lth place. Sarah Davitt-Sweeney also swam the 100 fly, and turned in her best time to capture 18th place.

Following the seniors’ lead, the rest of the Championship squad swam fast and posted several personal best times. Keara Savage placed third in both the 200 individual medley, and the 100 breaststroke. Marisa Rudolph captured 4th in the 200 free and 5th in the backstroke. Christen Castagna, Jen Shovlin, and Christen Marucci also swam the 100 breaststroke, and all turned in personal best times, and kept Kearney’s spirits soaring with a 10th, 15th and 18th place finishes, to go with Keara Savage’s 3rd place finish.

As impressive as Kearney’s individual events were, the relays were more impressive. The medley relay (Krista Sadowski, Keara Savage, Tiffany Rivera, and Jessica Lava) raced to a great 4th place finish. The 200 free­style relay, consisting of Alexandra Avena, Jackie Ward, Keara Savage and Jessica Lava, took 5th place overall, in a very fast race. The 400-free­sty1e relay with teammates Diana Corda, Tiffany Rivera, Cristin Mullen and Stephanie Hernandez captured 4th place while turning in Kearney’s best relay time for that event.

All in all, it was an exciting, fast, successful season for the Kearney Tigers this year. Congratulations to everyone on the team and to captain Valerie Gilson!


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