John Alaimo is the co-head coach of the New York Sharks and now he’s adding Pearl River head coach to the resume.
Alaimo is excited for the challenge after taking over for longtime head coach Ken Driscoll.
“Coaching a varsity swim team has been something that I wanted to do for the last couple of years,” Alaimo said. “When the kids get excited to swim, compete and represent their school and community, it is really something unique and special. I’m happy to be a part of that at Pearl River.”
The transition from being a club coach to a varsity swim coach has been smooth for Alaimo heading into the second full week of the high school season.
“Many of the girls I work with at Pearl River, I coach at New York Sharks, so I know them very well,” Alaimo said. “And all the new faces have been welcoming and open to the training plan and the culture that comes with me.”
As of Sunday, the Pirates have a 1-1 record and boast four of the top swimmers in Rockland County in seniors Taylor Hodges, Theresa McKallen, Olivia Lappas, and freshman Kaitlyn Lange.
Alaimo believes that the the Pirates can be really competitive this season
“I expect us to mix it up and be competitive with all the teams in Section 1,” Alaimo said. “I expect us to have some great individual races as well as strong relays come the end of the season.”
SHEDI grows: The combined program of Sleepy Hollow/Edgemont/Irvington added another ‘H’ to their name.
Hastings, which has been combined with Ardsley for a number of years, joined the SHEDI squad beginning this season.
“It’s great to know girls from other schools,” Sleepy Hollow eighth-grader Demi McClung said. “Hastings was just a great add to the mix. There are six girls on the team and they’re a great addition.”
Sleepy Hollow/Hastings/Edgemont/Irvington has some of the top swimmers in Section 1 returning led by junior Megan Gallagher. Along with Gallagher, senior Caroline Mitcthell, junior Katie Gardner and diver Niamh Klein are going to be looked at as top point scorers for the team this season. They got a win on Thursday over Mamaroneck.
“I’m excited,” McClung said. “The girls on our team are good so I hope that they can help us beat the teams that we went against last year.”
On the block: Tuesday’s Bronxville/Tuckahoe meet at White Plains was tied going into the 100-yard freestyle and the Broncos swept the top 3 spots to put the team ahead for the rest of the meet.
Suffern’s Kimberly Stein finished fifth in the 100-yard butterfly on Sept. 8 in the Hudson Valley Classic.