The Lenape Regional High School District girls swimming teams opened the season this week.
Lenape moves up to the South Jersey Interscholastic Swim League’s Caribbean Division after an impressive 7-1 record in the Baltic Division last season.
Seneca will look to build on its first-ever victories in program history last season.
The Golden Eagles will be led by co-captain Abbey Miskiewicz, who has committed to Division I Saint Louis University. The senior was a a state-meet qualifier last year and presently holds five school records.
Shawnee has numbers in its favor with nine freshmen out this season looking to contribute to an already experienced lineup.
The Renegades are hoping for a deeper run in the playoffs this winter, a task which might be a challenging one with the graduation of two key swimmers.
Cherokee coach Latini is expecting 2nd child
Cherokee will only have its coach for the first few weeks of the season as Chelsea Latini is going out on maternity leave on Dec. 21.
The four-year coach is expecting her second child (a girl) on Jan. 7. Assistant coach Krissy Shoemaker will take over for Latini for the rest of the season.
The Chiefs will look to continue the success their had in 2017-18 when they went 5-6 and made it to the semifinals of the NJSIAA South Public A tournament.
The district teams’ home pool is at the Rowan College at Burlington County campus in Pemberton.
2018-19 SJISL Division Alignments
Bishop Eustace, Cherry Hill East, Haddonfield, Moorestown, Shawnee
Cherry Hill West, Cherokee, Eastern, Haddon Township, Lenape
Camden Catholic, Paul VI, Rancocas Valley, Seneca, Washington Township
Coach: Chelsea Latini
Career Record: 11-20
2017-18 Record: 5-6, 3-1 SJISL Caribbean Division; Lost to Cherry Hill East, 115-55, in NJSIAA South Public A semifinals
Returning Letter Winners: Gianna Antonelli, ju.; Gabriella Buck, ju.; Lauren Stavros, ju.; Catherine Zane, ju.; Lauren Cotton, so.; Anna Durboraw, so.; Ashleigh McKenna, so.
Promising Newcomers: Jenna Farquhar, fr.; Caroline Foley, fr.; Kathleen Leonard, fr.; Madelyn Nabinger, fr.; Lydia Palmer, fr.
Season Outlook: “We have a strong incoming class to balance out our two starting seniors who graduated last year,” said Latini, referring to Diana Wood (Towson University) and Audrey Fanning (Stevens Institute of Technology).
Season Opener: Dec. 3, beat Eastern, 88-82
Coach: Heather Lopez
Career Record: 30-81-1
2017-18 Record: 7-1, 7-1 SJISL Baltic Division
Returning Letter Winners: Brianna Shaw, ju., fly/back; Ryann Long, ju., free/back; Hannah Bogdan, ju., fly; Zora Vujovic, so., all strokes; Michaela Shellem, so., breast/free
Promising Newcomers: AnnaMarie Rodier, fr., free; Claire Ostaszewski, fr., free/breast; Emma Bogdan, fr., free/breast
Top Returnee: Zora Vujovic, sophomore, all strokes. “Zora finished second in the 50 free and sixth in the 100 breast at last year’s South Jersey invitational,” said Lopez. “She is swimming stronger than ever and will certainly make a big impact this year.”
Season Outlook: “After finishing 7-1 last year and moving up to a new division, we are looking to continue our winning streak within the Caribbean Division,” said Lopez. “We have a strong group of freshmen to add to our powerful sophomore and junior classes.”
Teams to Beat: “We are in a new (Caribbean) division this year due to teams in South Jersey girls swimming,” said Lopez. “Although Haddon Township is new to the division they will surely be tough to beat.”
Season Opener: Dec. 5 vs. Cherry Hill West
Coach: Bonnie Horner
Career Record: 2-25
2017-18 Record: 2-8, 2-6 SJISL Baltic Division
Returning Letter Winners: Alyssa Andrews, sr. co-captain, multiple strokes; Alivia Chaloupka, sr. co-captain, breast, distance free; Abrielle Martinez, sr. co-captain, multiple strokes; Abbey Miskiewicz, sr. co-captian, “top swimmer,” said Horner, multiple strokes; Paige Calabria, ju., breast, multiple strokes; Chelsea Richards, ju., free, multiple strokes; Elizabeth Stevenson, ju., “another top swimmer,” said Horner; Regan Bednar, so., free, multiple strokes; Larissa Narkiewicz, so., fly, multiple strokes
Promising Newcomers: Cassidy Strittmatter, so.; Tess Strittmatter, fr.; Ally Evans, fr.; Abigail Lewis, fr.; Leah Moore, fr.; Eliana Finch, so., transfer from Cherokee
Top Returnee: Abbey Miskiewicz, sr., a versatile swimmer who has committed to Saint Louis University (Division I) and presently holds five school records.
Graduated Letter Winners: Catelyn Stevenson, Rowan University; Kylie Ingling, University of North Carolina-Wilmington; Morgan Calabria, Stockton University
Season Outlook: “We will continue to be more competitive,” said Horner, whose team’s two victories last season marked the first wins in the program’s history. “We have seen tremendous growth from our first-time swimmers last year who have returned this year. We have exciting new swimmers. We will look to have more wins, qualifications and broken records.”
Season Opener: Dec. 3, lost to Washington Township, 88-82
Coach: Sarah Howarth
Career Record: 12-10
2017-18 Record: 6-5, 3-1 SJISL Caribbean Division champions; Lost to Ocean City, 91-79, in NJSIAA South Public B semifinals
Returning Letter Winners: Lindsey Monaco, sr., 100 fly/100 free; Laura Strahan, sr., 200 free/100 back; Sarah Fleisher, 200 free/500 free/200 individual medley; Julianna Gligor, sr., 100 fly/100 back; Julia DeMarco, ju., 100 fly/200 individual medley; Callie Reed, ju., 50 free/100 free; Ashley Martin, ju., 100 breast; Jillian Anderson, so., 200 free/500 free; Shannon Walsh, so., 100 back/200 free
Promising Newcomers: Maggie Hill, fr., free; Marina Bontrager, fr., back
Top Returnees: Lindsey Monaco and Sarah Fleisher, both seniors. “Lindsey and Sarah are both versatile swimmers that are willing to swim any event for us and excel at many,” said Howarth. “Lindsey has a 56.0 100 free and 59.0 100 fly. Sarah is a flyer, IMer and has a solid 100 free as well.”
Season Outlook: “Losing our top distance swimmer (Shannon Feeley) and breaststroker (Jenna Mesisca) leaves big shoes to fill, but we are excited to see who can step up and fill these gaps,” said Howarth. “We have great comradery this years and nine newcomers, so it should be an interesting season.”
Season Opener: Dec. 3, beat Haddon Township, 112-58