Greensboro, NC (April 9, 2018) – The Community YMCA’s Aquarockets swim team took 4th place overall at the 2018 YMCA Short Course Nationals in Greensboro, NC. with the men finishing 5th overall and the women swimming to 8th place.

The final night of competition on Saturday, April 7, was full of excitement.  Sammy Rennard placed 12th in the 1650 freestyle and younger brother Theo took 17th. Taylor Marjamaa finished in 22nd for the women.  Megan Judge swam to a 22nd place finish in the 100 freestyle and Max Walter took 3rd place overall for the men.  In the women’s 100 breaststroke Emma Shaughnessy placed 18th.

The meet concluded with the men’s and women’s 400 medley relays.  The women took 9th winning the consolation final and setting a new team record. Marie Schobel, Emma Shaughnessy, Ginger Hansen and Megan Judge finished with a time of 3:45.33. Paul Retterer, Richie Trentalange, Max Walther and Matt Chang took 5th place overall.

Congratulations to the swimmers, Head Coach Jack Caucino and his coaching team,  and all the dedicated parents!

April 6 Highlights

Friday nights finals saw Katie Wright placing 20th overall in the women’s 500 freestyle in 4:57.19.  On the men’s side Sammy Rennard took seventh place overall with a time of 4:32.91. Richie Trentalange swam to a 16th place finish in the men’s 200 individual medley in 1:53.62.  Next up was the 50-yard freestyle with Megan Judge taking 16th place for the women and Max Walther placing sixth for the men.

The evening concluded with the 800 freestyle relays. The women’s team of Grace Kayal, Katie Wright, Meghan Schienvar and Caroline McGann took 10th place, while the men’s team of Sammy Rennard, Connor Wright, Paul Retterer and Max Walther swam to a fifth-place finish.

April 5 Highlights

Thursday night’s finals began with Marie Schobel placing fifth in the 100-yard backstroke in 54.55 breaking her own team record, and Grace Kayal taking seventh with a time of 55.43. Red Bank’s great swims continued with Sammy Rennard placing 11th overall with a personal best time of 3:57.87 in the men’s individual medley.  In the 200-yard freestyle, Caroline McGann took 22nd place for the women and Max Walther swam to a seventh-place finish for the men.

The evening concluded with the exciting 200-yard freestyle relays. The women’s team of Marie Schobel, Megan Judge, Natalie Heim and Ginger Hansen placed sixth in 1:34.40.  The men’s team of Max Walther, Ryan Burke, Leo Carnevale and Matt Chang took fifth overall in 1:24.17.

April 3-4 Highlights

Tuesday night’s finals brought excitement at the Greensboro Aquatic Center, with the team in third place overall, the women in first and the men in second place. Plus, six team records were broken!

The night began with the 200 medley relays. The women’s team of Marie Schobel, Emma Shaughnessy, Ginger Hansen and Megan Judge placed second overall with a time of 1:42.70 while the men’s relay consisting of Connor Wright, Richie Trentalange, Max Walther and Matt Chang took fourth in a time of 1:32.65.

Next up was the 200-yard backstroke. Grace Kayal (1:57.21) and Marie Schobel (1:57.90) took third and fourth respectively and Katie Wright (2:01.54) placed 14th.  Grace set a new team record in preliminaries with a time of 1:56.79.  On the men’s side Paul Retterer (1:49.70) swam to a 13th place finish and Connor Wright took 19th (1:49.72).  Ginger Hansen (56.41) finished 22nd in the Women’s 100 Fly and Max Walther (50.31) and Richie Trentalange (50.55) took 18th and 19th place for the men.  Fifteen-year-old Julia Nappi took 13th place in the women’s 200 breaststroke breaking her own team record in preliminaries with a time of 2:17.84.

The evening concluded with exciting races in both the men’s and women’s 400-yard freestyle relays.  The women’s team of Marie Schobel, Megan Judge, Natalie Heim and Ginger Hansen placed fifth breaking the team record with a time of 3:24.90.  Max Walther, Richie Trentalange, Sammy Rennard and Matt Chang raced to a fifth-place finish also breaking a team record with a time of 3:04.44.  Max Walther’s leadoff swim in preliminaries set a new team record with a time of 44.88.

The Aquarockets team is comprised of 300 swimmers from across Monmouth County. The team is based at The Community YMCA’s Family Health and Wellness Center in Red Bank and also practices at YMCA Camp Zehnder in Wall.

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.