Swimmers perfect their stroke at township club

first_imgBY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer With more than 60 swimmers in the program, coach Jean Marie Gillen is working to build a strong team for the future at the Hazlet Swim and Tennis Club. “The main things are for everyone to become a better swimmer and to have some fun,” said Gillen, now in her seventh-year at the helm for the Hazlet club, which is now managed by the Community YMCA in Red Bank. “Their times are dropping and their strokes are improving. That’s very encouraging.” The team’s top swimmers in the girls competition are: (8 years old and under) Tara Anderson, Erin Finn, Samantha Ferrigno and Jamie McHarg; (9-10) Megan Lunney, Kristen McGowan, and Maggie and Regina Santora; (11-12) Salina Catani, Briann Lentine and Alexis Walsh; (13-14) Helen McDonald, twins Holly and Heather Miara, and Kim Renna; and (15-18) Lorraine Costello, Jessica McLean, Katie Miller and Adrienne Pannullo. Costello also serves as an assistant coach. On the boys side, the competitors include: (eight years old and under) Ryan Kelly, Brian Lazicki and Cassidy Tripolitis; (9-10) Joseph McCarthy, Freddie McDonald and Colin McHarg; (11-12) Mario Ferrigno, T.J. Miara, Matt Roomey and Andrew Walunas; (13-14) Richie DeMarco and Joe Pannullo; and (15-18) Eric Bachmann, Danny Dunphy and John Renna. Dunphy is an assistant coach as well. Although the team has struggled at times in meets, Gillen said all of the Hazlet swimmers have worked hard. The team has two meets remaining. “We have a great group of kids and I really enjoy working with them,” Gillen said. “They want to learn and they always give their best.”last_img read more