Shrewsbury, NJ (August 6, 2018) –The Community YMCA’s Aquarockets swim team captured first place overall at the 2018 YMCA Long Course National Championship, which took place July 30-Aug. 3, at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.
The men’s team took first place and the women’s team finished in second place, while Head Coach Jack Caucino of Point Pleasant was honored as Coach of the Meet. The national championship team practices at the Red Bank YMCA and at Camp Zehnder in Wall Township.
“The Community YMCA is proud to make history by winning our first national swim championship,” said President & CEO Laurie Goganzer. “We commend the swimmers and their dedicated coaches, led by Jack Caucino, for all their hard work and commitment.”
The women’s 200-meter medley consisting of Marie Schobel of Sea Girt, Emma Shaughnessy of Colts Neck, Ginger Hansen of Holmdel, and Megan Judge of Marlboro, captured first place and set a new national record with a time of 1:57.19.
Two swimmers captured individual national championships. Schobel, 18, a 2018 graduate of Manasquan High School, won the 50-meter backstroke, tying the national record with a time of 29.09. She will be attending Pennsylvania State University this fall. Richie Trentalange, 16, of Middletown, swam to a first-place victory in the 50-meter breaststroke. He will be a junior this fall at the Marine Academy of Science and Technology at Sandy Hook.
The national championship is especially gratifying to Caucino, the first in his career. “I am thrilled for the team’s remarkable achievements in Maryland and throughout the past year,” said Caucino, noting that the team swam to a fourth-place finish at the YMCA short course nationals in April and captured second place at the YMCA State Championship meet in March.
Caucino has twice been recognized as Coach of the Meet at the YMCA nationals. He has coached the Aquarockets swim team for 21 years, leading 11 teams to top 10 finishes at YMCA national meets.
In all 54 swimmers on the Aquarockets team qualified to compete at the national meet. They are: Hunter Adams, Erika Brown, Ryan Burke, Caylie Cardona, Leo Carnevale, Matt Chang, Dylan Citta, Sean Cook, Finn Cuozzo, Spencer Davis, Gabby DeVirgilio, Nicole Dado, Matthew D’Elia, Ben Dupree, Ryan Foreback, Morgan Fuerbacher, Ginger Hansen, Natalie Heim, Victoria Ireland, Megan Judge, Shannon Judge, Grace Kayal, Arabella Lee, Mary Mahoney, Mitchell Malakhov, Dimitri Maldonado, Taylor Marjamaa, Caroline McGann, Issac Mercado, Caroline Monaghan, Maile Mora, Julia Nappi, Casey O’Hagan, David Perez, Maddie Piasecki, Leah Policari, Sammy Rennard, Theo Rennard, Paul Retterer, Quinn Rinkus, Marie Schobel, Skylar Shafritz, Emma Shaughnessy, Abby Shaw, Haley Stamberger, Aiden Smires, Richie Trentalange, Kevin Truscio, Max Walther, Joey West, Katie Wright, Connor Wright, Jessica Zebrowski, and Emily Zimmerman.
Following are team highlights at the national championship meet in Maryland:
2nd Place, 400 Freestyle Relay – Marie Schobel, Megan Judge, Natalie Heim and Mary Mahoney
2nd Place, 200 Freestyle Relay – Marie Schobel, Megan Judge, Natalie Heim and Ginger Hansen
2nd Place, 400 Medley Relay – Marie Schobel, Emma Shaughnessy, Jessica Zebrowski and Megan Judge (set new New Jersey State record with a time of 4:18.19)
5th Place, 800 Freestyle Relay – Grace Kayal, Megan Judge, Mary Mahoney and Caroline McGann
3rd Place, 200 Medley Relay – Richie Trentalange, Sean Cook, Max Walther and Matt Chang
3rd Place, 800 Freestyle Relay – Sammy Rennard, Connor Wright, Paul Retterer and Max Walther
4th Place, 200 Freestyle Relay – Max Walther, Ryan Burke, Leo Carnevale and Matt Chang
4th Place, 400 Freestyle Relay – Max Walther, Richie Trentalange, Sammy Rennard and Matt Chang
4th Place, 400 Medley Relay – Paul Retterer, Dylan Citta, Richie Trentalange and Max Walther
Women’s Individual Events
Caylie Cardona – 21st, 100 Breaststroke
Morgan Fuerbacher – 24th, 100 Breaststroke
Ginger Hansen – 4th, 50 Butterfly; 9th, 100 Backstroke; 24th, 50 Backstroke
Natalie Helm – 18th, 100 Freestyle
Victoria Ireland – 5th, 50 Butterfly; 13th, 100 Breaststroke; 15th, 200 Breaststroke
Megan Judge – 4th, 50 Freestyle; 8th, 50 Butterfly; 9th, 100 Freestyle; 14th, 100 Butterfly
Grace Kayal – 4th, 200 Backstroke; 13th, 50 Backstroke; 5th, 100 Backstroke; 14th, 200 Freestyle
Arabella Lee – 19th, 50 Backstroke; 19th, 100 Butterfly
Mary Mahoney – 15th, 100 Freestyle; 18th, 200 Freestyle
Taylor Marjamaa – 18th, 1500 Freestyle; 15th 800 Freestyle
Caroline McGann – 8th, 200 Freestyle; 22nd, 100 Freestyle
Julia Nappi – 5th, 200 Breaststroke; 9th, 100 Breaststroke; 19th, 50 Breaststroke
Marie Schobel – 1st, 50 Backstroke; 2nd, 100 Backstroke; 3rd, 200 Backstroke; 21st, 50 Butterfly
Emma Shaughnesy – 6th, 100 Breaststroke; 9th, 50 Breaststroke
Katie Wright – 5th, 200 Backstroke; 8th, 400 Freestyle; 10th, 800 Freestyle; 10th, 100 Backstroke
Jessica Zebrowski – 20th, 100 Butterfly
Emily Zimmerman – 18th, 50 Breaststroke
Men’s Individual Events
Ryan Burke – 15th, 50 Breaststroke
Matt Chang – 8th, 50 Freestyle
Dylan Citta – 4th, 200 Breaststroke; 7th, 100 Breaststroke; 10th, 50 Breaststroke
Sean Cook – 3rd, 50 Breaststroke; 22nd, 100 Breaststroke
Sammy Rennard – 5th, 400 Freestyle; 5th, 400 Individual Medley; 6th, 800 Freestyle; 9th, 1500 Freestyle
Theo Rennard – 7th, 1500 Freestyle
Paul Retterer – 4th, 200 Backstroke; 8th, 800 Freestyle; 10th, 400 Freestyle; 12th, 200 Freestyle
Richie Trentalange – 5th, 200 Breaststroke; 6th, 200 Individual Medley; 15th, 50 Butterfly
Max Walther – 2nd, 100 Freestyle; 6th, 50 Butterfly; 8th, 100 Butterfly; 6th, 50 Freestyle
Connor Wright – 8th, 200 Backstroke
The Aquarockets compete in the National YMCA Swimming and Diving and the United States Swimming organizations. A program of The Community YMCA’s Family Health & Wellness Center in Red Bank, the team consists of 300 swimmers ranging in age from 6 to 18, and is led by full-time and part-time professional coaches, who are supported by the Red Bank Swim Team Parent Association.
About The Community YMCA
The Y is a leading nonprofit charity that strengthens communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Community YMCA serves more than 20,000 residents in greater Monmouth County, NJ through programs such as: preschool, before and after school care, summer day camp, teen leadership, arts enrichment, health and wellness and personal and family counseling. In 2017, the Y provided $871,250 in financial assistance and program subsidies to strengthen 1,746 children and families in Monmouth County. For more information, visit TheCommunityYMCA.org.