Hazlet swim team ready for a successful summer

first_imgWith more than 100 competitors on board, the Hazlet Swim & Tennis Club swimming team is looking forward to a successful summer. Although Hazlet lost its first two meets, to Candlewood and Holmdel, respectively, coach Jean Marie Gillen said her swimmers improved their times and were competitive in both meets. “The team is coming along really well, and they all work hard and they’re having fun,” said Gillen. “I think our times will continue to improve as the season progresses.” Among Hazlet’s top swimmers on the girls side are: (8 and under) Tara Andersen, Megan Lunney and Makayla Miller; 9-10: Samantha Miara and Alexis Sullivan; 11-12: Allyssa Miara, Cherie Schulek, Sam Miller and Briann Lentine; 13-14: twins Heather and Holly Miara, Helen McDonald and Kim Renna; and 15-19: Maryellen Conway, Lorraine Costello, Katie Miller and Monique Zuffanti. Costello also serves as an assistant coach. Joe Davis is the other assistant coach. The boys squad includes: (8 and under) Daniel Knox, Joseph McCarthy and Colin McHarg; 9-10: Michael Ali, Brendan Costello, Freddie McDonald and Mario Ferrigano; 11-12: Richie DeMarco, Conor Monaghan, Joe Pannullo and Matt Rooney; 13-14: Chris Coccaro, Dan Dunphy and Sean Walsh; and 15-18: Adam Bachmann and John Renna. Gillen, a graduate of St. Peter’s College who just completed her first year as a teacher at PS 28 (Christa McAuliffe Elementary School in Jersey City), is now in her sixth summer at the Hazlet helm. “I really enjoy working with the kids and helping them improve,” Gillen said. “They’re so enthusiastic and they want to learn. The rest is easy.”last_img

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