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Hasbrouck Heights Dive Team Wins First Meet of the Season

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Members of the 2018 Hasbrouck Heights Dive Team. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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The team completed against Paramus in their first dive meet of the season. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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It is a co-ed team with divers from five years old through high school. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Divers performed dives of varying difficulty. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- Hasbrouck Heights Swim Club Dive team opened the 2018 season with a win over Paramus, 43 - 23. Friday at home.

The co-ed team is comprised of divers from five years old through high school. The meet is broken into two sections, 11 and Under, and 12 and Up.  Divers compete in either 8 and Under, 11 and Under, 14 and Under, and 18 and Under. The head coach is Lauren Cappadona, who is assisted by Sydney Mihalik.

"Working with these kids has been the highlight of my summer so far," said Cappadona. "I have watched some of these kids grow since I was diving alongside them, and it's amazing to be the one to help them reach their full potential."

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This year's team of 23 has six girls and 17 boys. Even though the team lost five divers from last year, Cappadona said there are 10 new divers to coach.

"We have a lot of new divers this year that didn't even know how to dive when they first joined, and through our hard work in the last few weeks, some of them were able to place at today's meet," she said. "There is no better feeling than when a kid finally does the dive that they've been trying to get since the first day they started."

Top three divers by age:

Girls U 8:

2nd: Eva Rendzio

3rd: Sophia Patusco

Boys U 8:

1st: Brady Ferdinand

2nd: Joseph Zorat

3rd: Glenn Wright

Girls U 11:

1st: Alexa Bernet

Boys U 11:

1st: Nico Carvajal

2nd: Eoin Maloney

3rd: Harris Krommenhoek

Girls U14:

1st: Jenny Olivero

3rd: Ryle Kearns

Boys U14:

1st: Tyler Cappadona

Boys U 18:

1st: Vincent Sedlmeir

 

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