Swimmer Of The Year — Kathryn Bergin
Vital stats: Bergin finished eighth overall in both the 500-yard freestyle (5 minutes, 4.37 seconds) and 200 individual medley (2:08.07) at the state championship meet after winning Section 9 titles in both events (5:08.35, 2:09.42). She placed second overall in the 100 backstroke with a time of 59.47 at the Orange County League championships. Her best time of 5:03.38 in the 500 freestyle was the ninth fastest time in the state, and her best time of 2:08.07 in the 200 individual medley was the 10th fastest in the state.
Quotable: “Kate is a great swimmer and has an excellent work ethic. She is dedicated to swimming and motivates the other girls on the team to strive for greatness. I’m very proud of her and all her accomplishments,” Rhinebeck coach Krizia Loyola said.
Vital stats: Baker qualified for the state championships in the 100-yard butterfly by placing fifth at the Section 1 championships with a time of 59.06 seconds. At the state meet, Baker finished 18th with a time of 59.02. At the Section 1 Division I championships, she finished first in the 100 butterfly (1:00.68) and second in the 50 freestyle (26.04).
Quotable: “Clara is one of those girls that will absorb everything that a coach gives her,” Arlington coach Ron Terwilliger said. “She always has a smile on her face. She is a very talented girl and a coach’s dream.”
Vital stats: Elcott was triumphant in two races at the Section 1 Division I championships, with times of 2:15.47 in the 200 individual medley and 1:01.26 in the 100 backstroke. The sophomore placed 10th in the 100 backstroke at the Section 1 championships (1:00.45).
Quotable: “Ina is a very strong swimmer and a very competitive swimmer,” Terwilliger said. “She is a good team player that works hard at practice. She is a go-to girl whenever you need her.”
School: New Paltz
Vital stats: Murphy took 15th in the 100 backstroke at the state meet with a time of 59.84. At the Orange County League championships, Murphy finished fifth in the 100 backstroke (1:01.51) and seventh in the 50 freestyle (26.16). The sophomore also had two fourth-place finishes in the Section 9 championships in the 50 freestyle (25.28) and 100 backstroke (59.79).
Quotable: “She is a good all-around swimmer,” New Paltz coach Don Bartlett said. “She is just one of those kids that developed a really really strong work ethic. She brought a lot of intensity to our practices.”
School: Our Lady of Lourdes
Vital stats: Nikolski finished second in the 200 individual medley at the Section 1 Division I championships with a time of 2:15.54, while placing third in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:10.01. At sectionals, Nikolski placed 12th in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.21) and 16th in the 200 individual medley (2:17.12).
Quotable: “She is our only sophomore,” Lourdes coach Bill MacElveen said. “She’s driven out of her mind, she’s tough. She is always looking to get better. She lives, eats and breathes swimming.”
School: New Paltz
Vital stats: Rodezno finished 20th in the 100 freestyle at the state championships with a time of 54.84. Rodezno had two third-place finishes at the Orange County League meet in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.80) and 100 freestyle (55.93), while placing second in Section 9 in the 100 freestyle (54.30) and fourth in the 100 backstroke (1:11.98).
Quotable: “She is a real hard worker. She developed a lot this year,” Bartlett said. “Her work ethic is amazing and she can swim almost any event.”
Vital stats: Rutkoske finished in first place at the Section 1 Division I championships with a time of 1:09.20 in the 100 breaststroke, while finishing seventh in the event at sectionals (1:09.08) and 14th in the 50 freestyle (25.75).
Quotable: “Addy’s diversity in events has made her an outstanding and valued member of the team,” Beacon coach Larry Collins said. “Addy has a strong commitment to the process of practice and understands that hard work with lead to great accomplishments. Her work commitment has made her one of the most outstanding swimmers in the area.”
School: Roy C. Ketcham
Vital stats: Simpfenderfer placed first at the Section 1 Division I championships in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:00.10, which broke a 21-year-old school record, and second in the 500 freestyle (5:24.96). She finished 17th in the 200 freestyle at sectionals (2:01.46).
Quotable: “Heidi had a great swim season this year,” Ketcham coach Mary Bergamini said. “She was an all-league swimmer and one of six Ketcham swimmers that went to sectionals.”
Arlington’s 200-Yard Medley Relay
Swimmers/Grades: Kendra Graham, 9; Megan Pagano, 11; Clara Baker, 11; Ina Elcott, 10
Vital stats: The quartet placed 14th at the state meet in 1:51.84 after finishing third at the Section 1 championships (1:52.05) and winning the Section 1 Division I meet (1:54.12).
Quotable: “They just have it in them,” Terwilliger said. “They all swim with their heart and soul in it. Their work ethic is tremendous. They are just great girls to have as part of the team.”
New Paltz’s 200-Yard Freestyle Relay
Swimmers/Grades: Caroline Murphy, 10; Morgane Kuyl, 9; Quinn Berger, 11; Bridget Rodezno, 11
Vital stats: At the Section 9 championships, the team finished in second place with a time of 1:42.42.
Quotable: “There is just that solid core there,” Bartlett said. “We are really excited for next year and are real optimistic about the team moving forward with this group of girls.”
Arlington: Rebecca Baione, Kendra Graham, Megan Pagano
Beacon: Amanda Fung, Emmanuelle Palikuca, Rachel Smith, Amber Butler
Franklin D. Roosevelt: Skye Haskell, Ashley Patierno, Elizabeth Ryan, Olivia Krug, Mackenzie Jarvis, Sarah Izzo
John Jay: Betsy Portch, Lakshmi Bapatla, DeAnna Newman, Micah Jumpp, Julia Sweeney
New Paltz: Madison Giuliani, Morgane Kuyl, Hannah Takacs, Kaela Santos, Quinn Berger
Our Lady of Lourdes: Hannah Coffin, Bridget Nikolski, Rachel Webb, Annie Bubel
Poughkeepsie: Betsy Quezada, Gabrielle Felton
Roy C. Ketcham: Katie Ruf, Ameera Bhanji, Fabine Smith
Coach of the Year — Bill MacElveen
School: Our Lady of Lourdes
Vital stats: MacElveen guided the Warriors to an 8-1-1 record in his first year as head coach.
Quotable: “This year’s Lourdes girls swim team was truly something special,” said MacElveen. “They more than exceeded the season’s expectations and performed at the highest level meet after meet. Right from the very first practice, not a single girl was willing to look to this season as a potential rebuilding year, even though they had 10 less girls from the previous season. Led by six devoted, inspired and hard-working seniors, the team tackled practices with an energy and enthusiasm that I’ve never seen before in my swimming and coaching experiences.”