RANDOLPH, NJ—The Randolph High School Boy’s (Fighting Rams) and Girl’s (Lady Rams) Swim Teams defeated the Mount Olive Marauders Thursday, January 16th, making Senior Night one to remember.
“I’m going to miss this team so much,” said Captain Kyra Kayal. “I’m looking forward to spending the rest of the season working hard and having fun with the team.”
Every senior invited a teacher who has inspired them throughout their four years to attend and be honored as well. The teachers were able to watch the meet and take pictures with the seniors and their families. They also received a Randolph Swimming t-shirt as a thank you.
The meet itself was a successful one for both teams. With several first, second, and third place finishes in many events, the Fighting Rams and Lady Rams showed they are a force to be reckoned with. The close knit bond and camaraderie of the team was evident as everyone was cheering during the races and congratulating the first-place finishers.
“Big hype wins meets,” senior John Crane stated. “We always try to get the people who are not swimming at that time to cheer the racers on because it shows we care.”
When making the line-up for the meet, Head Coach Krystal Hoffman created special “Senior Relays,” a relay comprised of only seniors. This gave seniors the opportunity to swim with their classmates, something that doesn’t always happen.
For the Fighting Rams, the Senior Relay was during the 200 Medley Relay. This relay consisted of John Crane swimming backstroke, Danny Dubij swimming breaststroke, Andrew Matjucha swimming butterfly, and Sean Hermes swimming freestyle. For the Lady Rams, the Senior Relay was during the 400 Freestyle Relay. This relay consisted of Hannah Zuschlag leading off, Bethany Neufeld swimming second, Hannah Shortino swimming third, and Kyra Kayal closing it out. Both relays rocked the block and showed how vital the seniors are to the teams.
“We were swimming fast,” explained Captain Danny Dubij. “it was nice to swim with my fellow seniors and I think we surprised our coach with our relay as well as ourselves.”
The Fighting and Lady Rams have two more last season meets before finding out if they made the NJSIAA State Playoffs. The teams swim next against Montville on Thursday, January 23rd, while the last meet is against Mountain Lakes.
Courtney Poetsch is an RHS student participating in a Journalism program with TAP into Randolph