Newburgh swimmers down Marlboro
Newburgh Coach Zach Williams let some of his swimmers do events they normally don’t do when the Goldbacks hosted Marlboro, Thursday, Jan. 3.
Zane Grunewald swam the 100-butterfly, and he won it with a time of 1:03.32.
“The 100-fly was good for him to do. He normally doesn’t get to do that,” said Williams, after the Goldbacks downed the Dukes 92-80.
Frank Maurice swam the 100-freestyle in exhibition and posted the best time, 56.81; Marlboro’s Mike Erolani and Dimitris Schmatz tied for first with a time of 1:12.80 in the event.
Maurice also swam in the 100-breaststroke – not one of his events – and he finished second with a time of 1:24.73 as teammates Charlie Broe and Nick Yozzo swam the event in exhibition.
“That was the first time I think he’s ever done 100-breast. He just started doing it in practice,” said Williams.
Grunewald, Broe, and Joe Galante swam on the Goldbacks’ winning 200-medley team to start the meet. Grunewald then won the 200-individual medley, more than 10 seconds faster than teammate Bryan Feigel, with a time of 2:15.16.
Galante won the 50-freestyle with a time of 24.92, and Alex Schuyler won the 200-freestyle with a time of 2:05.45.
Joe Sylcox won the 100-backstroke, more than four seconds faster than teammate Mike Terralavoro, with a time of 1:09.07. The Goldbacks (4-3) also went 1-2-3 in the diving competition.
Marlboro entered the meet with two victories when they beat Rhinebeck and FDR. Ed Kennedy, Marlboro’s first-year coach, said the season is moving along just as he thought it would be at this point.
“We’re right where I thought we would be,” he said.
Newburgh swam the 500-freestyle in exhibition, and Marlboro’s Chris Ciunga won the event with a time of 6:58. Chris Ciunga was third in the 200-freestyle, and he swam in the Dukes’ winning 200-freestyle relay team with his brother, Matt. Matt Ciunga would then go on to win the 100-breaststroke with a time of 1:19.37, four seconds faster than Newburgh’s Maurice.
He swam the 200-freestyle last year. This year Josh Jennison is swimming the 100-freestyle and the 100-butterfly, and he was third in those events against Newburgh.
By Bond Brungard