The Community YMCA’s Aquarockets swim team captured the national title for the second year in a row at the 2019 YMCA Long Course National Championship at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.
Both the men’s and women’s team took first place overall, while Head Coach Jack Caucino of Point Pleasant was honored as Coach of the Meet at the national swimming event, which took place July 30-Aug. 3.
“We are thrilled to congratulate our swim team on their second national championship, and proud of the hard work and continued excellence of Coach Jack Caucino,” said The Community YMCA President and CEO, Laurie Goganzer.
The women's 400-meter freestyle consisting of Megan Judge of Colts Neck, Caroline McGann, Mary Mahoney and Natalie Heim, all from Middletown, captured first place, while Richie Trentalange, 17, also of Middletown, defended his national title and swam to a first-place victory in the 50-meter breaststroke.
“Our swim team earned the national title with hard work, dedication and tremendous support from their parents and our team of coaches,” Caucino said.
Caucino was again recognized as Coach of the Meet at the YMCA nationals, the third time in his career. He has coached the Aquarockets swim team for 22 years, leading 12 teams to top 10 finishes at YMCA national meets.
In all, 48 swimmers on the team competed at the national meet.
They are: Chase Adams, Hunter Adams, Kirsten Ardis, Leo Carnevale, Dylan Citta, Sean Cook, Spencer Davis, Gabby DeVirgilio, Christian Dela Cruz, Matthew D'Elia, Ben Dupree, Ryan Foreback, Morgan Fuerbacher, Dmitry Halaburda, Natalie Heim, Victoria Ireland, Alexis Jankovich, Megan Josephs, Megan Judge, Shannon Judge, Grace Kayal, Jimmy Kundrats, Arabella Lee, Gregory Lin, Mary Mahoney, Caroline McGann, Maile Mora, Julia Nappi, Neil Nejame, Natalie Neno, David Perez, Leah Policari, Charlie Rennard, Sammy Rennard, Theo Rennard, Paul Retterer, Quinn Rinkus, Michael Schober, Skylar Shafritz, Emma Shaughnessy, Abby Shaw, Charlotte Trentalange, Richie Trentalange, Kevin Truscio, Sydney Weidner, Katie Wright, Jessica Zebrowski, and Emily Zimmerman.
Following are team highlights at the national championship meet in Maryland:
1st Place, 400 Freestyle Relay - Megan Judge, Caroline McGann, Mary Mahoney, Natalie Heim
2nd Place, 200 Freestyle Relay – Natalie Heim, Megan Judge, Jessica Zebrowski, Kirsten Ardis
4th Place, 400 Medley Relay – Grace Kayal, Victoria Ireland, Arabella Lee and Megan Judge
5th Place, 800 Freestyle Relay – Mary Mahoney, Grace Kayal, Natalie Heim and Caroline McGann
4th Place, 800 Freestyle Relay - Sammy Rennard, Theo Rennard, Ryan Foreback and Paul Retterer
5th Place, 400 Freestyle Relay – Sammy Rennard, Richie Trentalange, Ryan Foreback and Paul Retterer
7th Place, 200 Medley Relay – Paul Retterer, Johnny Nutt, Richie Trentalange and Leo Carnevale
8th Place, 200 Freestyle Relay – Michael Schober, Sammy Rennard, Ryan Foreback and Leo Carnevale
8th Place, 400 Medley Relay - Paul Retterer, Dylan Citta, Richie Trentalange and Ryan Foreback
Women’s Individual Events
Kirsten Ardis – 20th, 50 Freestyle
Natalie Helm – 9th, 100 Freestyle
Victoria Ireland – 10th, 50 Breaststroke, 12th, 100 Breaststroke
Megan Judge – 8th, 50 Freestyle; 6th, 50 Butterfly; 7th, 100 Freestyle; 12th, 100 Butterfly
Grace Kayal – 4th, 200 Backstroke; 18th, 50 Backstroke; 4th, 100 Backstroke
Arabella Lee - 20th, 50 Backstroke; 8th, 100 Butterfly
Mary Mahoney – 24th, 100 Freestyle
Caroline McGann – 15th, 200 Freestyle; 14th, 100 Freestyle
Maile Mora – 18th 400 Individual Medley, 18th, 200 Butterfly
Julia Nappi – 9th, 200 Breaststroke; 18th, 100 Breaststroke; 19th, 50 Breaststroke
Quinn Rinkus – 7th, 50 Breaststroke, 15th, 100 Breaststroke
Emma Shaughnesy - 5th, 100 Breaststroke; 3rd, 50 Breaststroke
Katie Wright - 10th, 200 Backstroke; 13th, 400 Freestyle; 14th, 800 Freestyle; 10th, 100 Backstroke, 22nd, 50 Backstroke
Jessica Zebrowski – 15th, 100 Butterfly; 5th, 50 Butterfly
Emily Zimmerman – 4th, 50 Breaststroke; 6th 200 Breaststroke; 7th 100 Breaststroke; 21st, 200 Individual Medley
Men’s Individual Events
Hunter Adams – 5th, 200 Butterfly
Leo Carnevale – 16th, 50 Freestyle
Dylan Citta – 4th, 200 Breaststroke; 6th, 100 Breaststroke; 6th, 50 Breaststroke
Sean Cook – 19th, 50 Breaststroke
Johnny Nutt – 10th, 200 Breaststroke; 2nd, 50 Breaststroke; 3rd 100 Breaststroke; 19th, 200 Individual Medley
Sammy Rennard – 6th, 400 Freestyle; 3rd, 400 Individual Medley; 3rd, 800 Freestyle
Theo Rennard – 6th, 1500 Freestyle; 11th 400 Freestyle; 6th 800 Freestyle
Paul Retterer – 2nd, 200 Backstroke; 13th, 100 Freestyle; 16th, 400 Freestyle; 10th, 200 Freestyle; 9th, 50 Backstroke
Richie Trentalange – 7th, 200 Breaststroke; 6th, 200 Individual Medley; 1st, 50 Breaststroke; 5th, 100 Breaststroke
Kevin Truscio – 24th, 200 Breaststroke, 15th, 400 Individual Medley, 21st, 200 Individual Medley
The Aquarockets team competes in the National YMCA Swimming and Diving and the United States Swimming organizations. A program of the Red Bank Family YMCA, 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.
The national championship team practices at both the Red Bank Family YMCA and at Camp Zehnder in Wall Township.
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 2018, the Y provided $830,000 in financial assistance and program subsidies to strengthen 2,590 children and families in Monmouth County. For more information, visit TheCommunityYMCA.org.