RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph high school swim team season is well underway, and both the boys ( Fighting Rams ) and girls ( Lady Rams ) teams have a successful record so far. As of January 15, the girls team is 5-3 while the boys team is 7-0. The last regular season meets for both teams will be against Roxbury and Mountain Lakes.
While the Lady Rams graduated many seniors last year, they have a strong group of returners and newcomers that give the team the depth needed to be successful this season. Randolph kicked off their season by defeating St. Elizabeth’s with a score of 112-57 on December 4. Their most recent win was against Mount Olive on January 15.
Seniors Abby Clemson, Julia Einfeldt, Natalia Janiak, Katie Messina, Renee Shen and Sofia Zingone are proud of how the girls are swimming and are excited to see what the remainder of the season brings.
“We hope to compete in the sectional championships and continue to get better and better with each meet,” Zingone said.
“We’re all really proud of the girls’ team,” Shen added. Janiak, Messina and Clemson echoed the sentiments that the Lady Rams are a dedicated and hard-working group who are putting forth a tremendous effort towards a winning season.
After winning sectional finals three years in a row, the Boys are determined to secure their fourth straight. In their first meet, they faced off against Mendham and were victorious by a score of 107-62. They have continued to “rock the blocks” at all their meets so far, keeping their undefeated record.
“At our first meet everyone looked like they were contributing to the team,” senior Dylan DeMuth said. “The swimmers were supportively cheering for their teammates. The upperclassmen want to earn the sectional title for the fourth year in a row, which seems to be motivating the underclassmen. We are already on a good path to achieve it.”
Senior Matt Vogel consistently exhibits his support for the Rams at their meets by cheering for all the swimmers during their events. . “I have really high hopes for this season for both the girls and the boys’ teams,” Vogel said. “I believe that if each of us puts in 110% effort into each day both teams are bound for a great season this year.”
Team spirit is always evident during the rendition of the song “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” which is sung by both the boys and girls teams during the 500 freestyle, the longest race in high school meets. Both the Lady Rams and the Fighting Rams have continued to work hard to improve in practice and at meets.
Coach Poppy, Coach Hoffman, and Coach Altis all have high hopes for the Fighting Rams and cannot wait to see how the rest of the season plays out.
Editor's Note:Courtney Poetsch is a student at Randolph High School and currently on the swim team