2008-02-15 / Sports

Bonnies Top Brooklyn CHSAA Swimming Championship

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Senior Swimmers from left to right; Kristen McMaster, Samantha Motley, Suzy Caputo, Trisha Scherpf, Jane Taikina, Alexis Liscandrella, Catherine Muldoon, Ali Pasarelli & Melissa DeMarco. Senior Swimmers from left to right; Kristen McMaster, Samantha Motley, Suzy Caputo, Trisha Scherpf, Jane Taikina, Alexis Liscandrella, Catherine Muldoon, Ali Pasarelli & Melissa DeMarco. The Fontbonne Hall Bonnie swimmers showed a commanding presence last weekend at the GCHSAA girls swimming championships at the Nassau County Aquatics Center.

Tallying up 417.5 points the team took a commanding lead over fellow Brooklyn rivals Bishop Kearney and St. Saviors and held on to it, placing them fourth overall out of 10 teams in the league.

The hard work, determination and depth of the team are a few of the many contributing factors to the team's success. The Bonnies came off their dual meet season with a tie against tough competitor St. Joseph By the Sea of Staten Island.

"It was a great meet and a great outcome to end in a tie. It's a very rare thing," said head coach Laura Shea Delin. "It put the team in great spirits for the Championships since Sea defeated both St. Saviors and Bishop Kearney earlier on in the dual meet season."

Elaina Anastasio on the block for her race. Elaina Anastasio on the block for her race. The Bonnies made a very strong presence on day one qualifiers with at least three to four members of the team returning for day two in each of the eight individual events.

"We placed extremely well in all races. I was seeing times drop drastically by more than half the team, which got more of the team in for day two and edged out the opportunity for other Brooklyn teams."

Sophomore powerhouses Alexa Morrissey

and Elaina Anastasio had outstanding performances. Both placed comfortably in the top eight in their individual events and swam supportive roles in the 200 Medley Relay and 200 Freestyle Relay events, which were additional gold medal finishes.

That clinched fourth place overall for the Bonniesin the 100 breaststroke, which was a highly competitive race this year. "It was nice to come out above the team you tied during the dual meet season. It gives a form of closure - that we had a little more punch," said Coach Joe Verponi who has been a coach with the FHA team for 38 years.

Michelle Powers, FHA junior and two-time MVP of the team finished sixth in the 100 backstroke and ninth in the 50 meter Freestyle, adding to the point total. Michelle also was a major player in the 200 Medley Relay and the 200 Free Style Relay.

"Michelle did great once again at champs, she's been struggling with hitting her normal time in the 50 Free which was reflected at champs just edging her out of the gold medal round." "You go through phases as a swimmer. I've been in their shoes. This is going to give her the drive in her senior year to do better than ever - she has the raw talent you don't see that often," stated Coach Delin.

At the championship, the Fontbonne team gave a final farewell to nine graduating seniors. The group was a good core for the team and will be missed. Next year's team will look forward to remaining in the Adivision, one of only two Brooklyn schools to be in the top division.

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