Waves Swimmers Place At Divisionals

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Swimming’s summer Divisionals meet was held at the Verona Pool on Monday and several Verona Waves swimmers had first-, second- and third-place finishes.

Waves girls swept the girls 15-18 50-yard freestyle. Emma Dillane finished first with a time of 27.28, followed by Sophie Beaubouef in second place in 28.06, and Kate Carlson in third place in 28.18. Dillane, Beauboeuf and Carlson would later go on to sweep the girls 15-18 50-yard breaststroke, with times of 34.54, 36.89 and 38.63, respectively. Dillane and Dionisia Yanniotis also finished one-two in the girls 15-18 50-yard butterfly in 30.00 and 33.46.

Verona, which had a 7-1 record in regular competition this summer, competed in Divisionals against Berkeley Heights, Maplewood, Morris Township, and Mountainside. Kelly Nulty, a 2021 graduate of Verona High School who competed on both Waves and Verona’s in-season swim team, is the coach this year.

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In other first-place finishes, Brooke Wilkins finished first in the girls 8 and under 25-yard backstroke in 19.90. Sawyer Beaubouef finished first in the boys 9-10 under 25-yard backstroke in 17.33 and first in the boys 9-10 25-yard breaststroke in 20.06. Victoria Sluk took first in the girls 11-12 50-yard backstroke in 29.72 and first in the girls 11-12 50-yard butterfly in 29.16. Julia Komninos captured first place in the girls 15-18 50-yard backstroke in 31.90. Dempsey Vacca finished first in the girls 8 and under 25-yard breaststroke in 23.53. Charlotte Roeland took first in the girls 11-12 50-yard breaststroke in 35.83. Landon Vacca finished first in the boys 11-12 50-yard breaststroke in 43.58. Ethan Kistner captured first in the boys 11-12 50-yard butterfly in 33.72.

Among the Waves’ second-place finishes, Charlotte Roeland took second in the girls 12 and under 100-yard individual medley (IM), with a time of 1:10.84. Joss DeRuyter took second in the girls 8 and under 25-yard backstroke in 22.66. Colin Perkins took second in the boys 8 and under 25-yard backstroke in 25.56. Logan Codi finished second in the boys 9-10 under 25-yard backstroke in 18.56. Juliana Alvarez came in second in the girls 13-14 50-yard backstroke in 33.13 and second in the girls 13-14 50-yard butterfly in 32.16. Kate Carlson captured second place in the girls 15-18 50-yard backstroke in 33.71. Grace Hasani finished second in the girls 8 and under 25-yard breaststroke in 25.14. Thomas Redhawk took second in the boys 8 and under 25-yard breaststroke in 24.01. Avery Vacca came in second in the girls 9-10 25-yard breaststroke in 21.00. Brook Barry took second in the girls 11-12 50-yard breaststroke in 42.21. Peter Mutovic finished second in the boys 11-12 50-yard breaststroke in 48.91. Cecilia Manis took second in the girls 13-14 50-yard breaststroke in 37.50. Ryan McMahon finished second in the boys 15-18 50-yard breaststroke in 31.64. Whitney Wilkins tied for second in the girls 9-10 25-yard butterfly in 15.88.

In third-place finishes, Ethan Kistner took third in the boys 12 and under 100-yard IM with a time of 1:19.87. Brooke Wilkins finished third in the girls 8 and under 25-yard freestyle with a time of 17.25. Ryan McMahon was third in the boys 15-18 50-yard freestyle in 24.63. Luca Tedesco finished third in the boys 15-18 50-yard backstroke in 52.26. Evan Carlson finished third in the boys 15-18 50-yard breaststroke in 31.64.

In the medley races, Wave swimmers Avery Vacca, Riley Curtin, Charlotte Roeland, and Victoria Sluk took second in the girls 12 and under 100-yard medley relay in 1:12.15. Mason Kistner, Sawyer Beaubouef, Ethan Kistner, and Logan Codi finished third in the boys 12 and under 100-yard medley relay. Verona’s mixed 13 and over 200-yard medley relay team of Juliana Alvarez, Cecilia Manis, Evan Bannon, and Evan Carlson finished first in 2:05.75. In the mixed 8 and under 100-yard freestyle relay team of Conor Gaynor, Grace Hasani, Dempsey Vacca, and Thomas Redhawk finished first in 1:24.21. The boys 12 and under 100-yard freestyle relay squad of Landon Vacca, James Manis, Henry Hardy, and Joseph Nazzaretto finished third in 1:13.65. And in the final race of the day, the mixed 13 and over 200-yard freestyle relay team of Drew Aromando, Carolyn North, Sophie Beaubouef, and Ryan McMahon finished second in 1:54.32.

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