Twenty one swimmers with the JCC Bridgewater Tide Swim Team traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina April 4-7 to represent the team at the prestigious Sunkissed Invitational Junior/ Senior Championships of the USA. Coaches Mike Yearwood, Mike Pestorius, and Ward Weiland accompanied swimmers Ross Bernstein, Brendan Blood, Eileen Blood, Alexis Brewer, Ryan Bugianesi, Jennifer Doorly, Alan Du, Griffin Halpin, Leah Juechter, Hannah Lesser, Riley Pestorius, Josh Pica, Jacob Pica, Doug Quagliato, Kinsey Rushevics, Melody Visconti, Carter Weiland, Ethan Weiland, all of Bridgewater; Nick Berger of Warren; Rayna Klugherz of Basking Ridge; and Evan Kott of Piscataway to the four-day meet attended by teams from all over the country. Multiple swimmers had significant time drops and advanced to finals. The Junior Boys 400 free relay team of Carter Weiland, Jacob Pica, Riley Pestorius, and Ryan Bugianesi placed 3rd, earning a bronze medal. Alexis Brewer, Ryan Bugianesi, Riley Pestorius, Jacob Pica, Doug Quagliato, Melody Visconti, Carter Weiland and Evan Kott swam an impressive total of 21 individual event finals. This meet was the culmination of an explosive 2012-2013 Short Course season for the Tide. According to Coach Yearwood, “This was the greatest performance we have had in the history of our team, and to have such success at a meet of this caliber gave the Tide very positive national exposure. Watching Tide swimmers excel and win heat after heat is something I will remember for a long time. Seeing the parents, swimmers, and coaches creating and strengthening bonds and making this team a closer and more unified team was what this trip was all about.” The Bridgewater Tide offers a Spring Clinic and Summer Swim Team, both short and long course. For more information on the JCC Bridgewater Tide Swim Team program, please contact Coach Mike Yearwood at firstname.lastname@example.org or 908-725-6994 x252.
Pictured left to right are the Bridgewater Tide Junior Boys 400 Free relay team: Ryan Bugianesi, Riley Pestorius, Jacob Pica and Carter Weiland. (Photo by Randy Bugianesi)