Chatham Swims Past Mountain Lakes; Will Meet Ocean City for State Title Sunday

Freshman Alicia Iizuka carried Chatham to victory in the breaststroke. Her twin sister, Karen, placed third in the same race Credits: TAP Chatham
Jess Gorham talks with Chatham coach Frank DiGiacomo after her 1:00.81 victory in the 100 backstroke Credits: TAP Chatham
Kara Miller-Radest won 100 butterfly and helped Chatham win the 200 medley relay in the state semifinal against Mountain Lakes Credits: TAP Chatham

PERTH AMBOY, NJ - If anyone looked at the score and thought Chatham was trying to rub it in against Mountain Lakes in the State Public B semifinal round, it just wasn't so.

It was the snowball effect that began with the very first race of Chatham's 125-45 victory at the Raritan Bay YMCA on Wednesday.

Chatham placed first in every single race.

Sign Up for E-News

"It's kind of funny, I've noticed this the last four years," Chatham senior captain Regan Kology said. "As our girls go through events, like our first relay, all the girls went so fast and it gets me fired up to go fast in the 200 free. And then Shana (McLaughlin) swims IM and she nearly swims a best time and it just keeps going and going and building."

"Not so much the score, but seeing everyone do well gives you that drive. Not only to hit their goals, but for what's coming ahead Sunday. I'm just really excited to do this for them. Now everyone is going to get the experience of a state final meet. It's like an honor and a privilege to lead them to this point. I'm really excited."

Kology will be trying to swim Chatham to its fourth straight state title when it meets Ocean City for the Public B championship, 2 p.m. Sunday at The College of New Jersey.

Against Mountain Lakes, Kology won the 200 freestyle in 153.81 and the 500 freestyle in 4:55.08. Shana McLaughlin won the 200 individiual medley in 2:09.85 and the 100 freestyle in 53.56. Also winning two individual races was Jess Gorham, who won the 50 freestyle in 24.81 and the 100 backstroke 100.81.

"A second off my best time, which I didn't see coming at all," said Kology of her 200 time. "That just shows me just how much we internally feel each other as a unit. It's how we feel mentally."

Senior Anna Dexheimer was part of a 1-2-3 sweep for Chatham in the 100 breaststroke, finishing second in 1:11.81, between the freshman Iizuka twins. Alicia Iizuka won in 1:10.59 and Karen Iizuka was third in 1:13.08.

"It's good to have competition and it's great to see freshmen come in and show their talent," Dexheimer said. "This season has been kind of roiugh, but I'm really excited. We worked really hard to earn this."

Chatham also swept the top three spots in the 50 free with Jess Gorham being followed by her sister, Emily, second in 25.78 and Margaret Harrigan, third in 26.42.

In the 100 butterfly, Kara Miller-Radest was first in 59.39 and Emily Gorham second in 1:00.50.

"We swam fantastic today," Chatham coach Frank DiGiacomo said. "We knew we would have to swim fast. The girls really push each other to do well. The energy and enthusiasm stays high."

Chatham has been to five straight state finals and is seeking its fourth championship when it meets Ocean City, which defeated Princeton, 94-76, in its semifinal.

"They've got a lot of good girls and depth," DiGiacomo said. "It's really going to come down to who wants it more on Sunday. Our girls have the abiltiy to win the meet and so do theirs. It's a matter of which team shows up and is ready to go. One of our favorite things is being considered an underdog. Last year we faced Kinnelon twice and each time we were considered the underdog and swam our best times."

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


A Week at the Library of The Chathams Monday, July 9 – Sunday, July 15, 2018

Please note that the library will be closed on Sundays now through Labor Day weekend


Our summer program is in full swing.  This week we are starting some of our most popular children’s programs, Chess for Kids and sewing classes with Miss Polly.  Children will also enjoy a visit from a special guest, Queen Maria Isabella from Medieval Times.  Teens ...

Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk: Fundraiser on Sept. 22nd at Chatham Cougar Field

July 21, 2018

To the Editor:

Hello, Friends,

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) “Out of the Darkness” annual walk is being held on Saturday, September 22nd at 5:15 p.m. at Chatham’s Cougar Field, next to 312 Shunpike Road in Chatham, NJ  07928.  Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. 

You know of my lifetime support of efforts to combat ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 18

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll find out how accessing care at Atlantic Health System is now easier, more affordable and closer to home than ever, learn which item from the produce aisle could be the newest weapon against cancer, see what Atlantic Health System, the New York Times and Instagram all have in common and much more.



Chatham's Meghan LeMon Awarded Degree from Miami University in Ohio

July 21, 2018

OXFORD, OH -- Meghan LeMon of Chatham was among more than 3,900 students from Miami University who received degrees during spring commencement exercises Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Millett Hall.

LeMon graduated MAGNA with a BA degree, majoring in Speech Path & Audiology.

Considered one of eight original "Public Ivies" in the country, Miami University is located in Oxford, Ohio.

5 Simple Ways to Save Water this Summer

According to the L.A. Times, the average American uses an estimated 98 gallons of water EACH day.  

Here are five simple ways you can save water, to help you conserve water this summer and take some pressure off of your drains.

1. Unless you are using it, turn the faucet off. How many of us still leave the water running while we shave or brush our teeth?According to ...