Fontbonne Swimming Bonnies Capture Brooklyn GCHSAA Title
For their last two meets they went head to head with Brooklyn rivals Bishop Kearney and St. Saviour, and they successfully defeated both teams with ease. With these wins, Fontbonne has reclaimed the Brooklyn Champ title.
Fontbonne walked in with a comfortable 4-0 record to take on Bishop Kearney. Fontbonne took the lead in the first event of the 200 Medley relay placing first and third and never looked back. The Bonnies proceeded to give a 1-2 punch to the Tigers by taking first and second in six races.
"The girls in the 200 Medley relay set the tone for the rest of the meet," said head coach Laura Shea Delin. The team of Alexa Morrissey, Elaina Anastasio, Justine Macready, and Michelle Powers were only fractions of a second shy of breaking the school record in that event.
A new Bonnie made her presence known that she is here to stay. Top newcomer, Jennifer Keim dominated her races by taking first place in both of her long distance individual events. "We have a great group of new swimmers this year - more than half the team are new swimmers and they really have stepped in and look strong", said Delin. The final score was Fontbonne 89, Bishop Kearney 76.
The next week, Fontbonne faced St. Saviour who they have been unable to defeat for the last two years. "The first race was a close indicator of how well matched we were going to be with them," said coach Joe Verponi, now in his 40th season with the team.
After the first race the Bonnies turned up "the power" as in captain Michelle Powers who came in first in both the 50 free and 100 free events as well as with teammates Alexa Morrissey, Jacklyn Izzo and Justine Macready in the 200 free relay.
Fontbonne dominated the points in 8 out of 11 events to take a commanding lead in the 100 backstroke. The Bonnies knew by then that they had a win but that did not stop Elaina Anastasio in the 100 breaststroke to not only come in first but have her personal best time in this event with a 1:18.5. She is only two seconds away from breaking the school record.
"I have a special interest in seeing Elaina achieve this. I held the school record in this event prior to the current record holder who's had it for 11 years. Elaina is working hard to do it and I know she will by the end of the year. It's one of the many joys as a coach to watch her try to do it," said Delin.
Fontbonne continued their success with a win of 95-73 over the Pandas. The hard work, determination and depth of the team are a few of the many factors contributing to the team's success.
Fontbonne faces some tough competition in the weeks ahead as they face Staten Island's St. Joseph by the Sea and St. Joseph Hill. Fontbonne came in with a tie and a loss last season to these teams.
"We are going for wins on both these teams," said Verponi "It will give us third overall in the division, something in my 40 years that we have not seen yet from this team - now is the time for them - they are most deserving."