Archive for the ‘RHS Girls' Swim and Dive’ Category

Garnets Send Six to State Championships

November 19, 2010

The Rye girls’ swimming and diving team has put together another banner season. They finished first in their Conference and also at Divisionals, and followed those accomplishments with a hard-fought third-place effort at the Section 1 meet earlier this month.

Now it’s on to the State championships this weekend in Buffalo. Rye is sending six of their best to the competition – Melissa Fulenwider, Courtney Ciardiello, Kelly O’Neill, Shannon Toal, Katie Konopka, and Coco Darelius.


Undefeated Garnets Send 17 to Section Championships

November 4, 2010

The Rye girls’ swimming and diving team entered the Conference 3 Divisionals as one of the favorites October 23 at SUNY Purchase. The Garnets, with their sparkling 9-0 record and deep roster, did not disappoint.

Rye raced to the championship with 634 total points, besting second-place Horace Greeley by a whopping 54 points.

Kelly O'Neill

“It was a great night,” said head coach Shannon Bolger. “We are extremely proud of the girls and can’t wait to see how they do at Sectionals.”


Garnets Win Eight Events, Defeat Rival Huskies

September 23, 2010

It was business as usual for the Rye girls’ swimming and diving team in their season-opener September 20 against arch-rival Harrison. The Garnets picked up where they left off from last year’s undefeated campaign and defeated the Huskies 50-42 at Louis M. Klein Middle School.

Rye's senior captains

Rye swimmers placed first in eight of the 11 events, beginning with Kelly O’Neill, Dana Egan, Chiharu Takei, and Melissa Fulenwider’s 2:02.93 finish in the 200-yard medley relay. Katie Konopka followed that performance with a first place swim in the 200 freestyle (2:01.07), while O’Neill, a senior captain, gave Rye a three-for-three start with her 2:20.37 victory in the 200 IM. Both Konopka’s and O’Neill’s times were good enough to qualify for Sectionals later this season.


Redemption More Than a Word for Garnet Programs This Season

September 9, 2010

The Empire Strikes Back isn’t headed back to the theatres any time soon, but it could play out on local fields as several fall programs seek to correct the way their seasons ended in 2009.


No Syracuse. No Kingston. Not even a trip to Mahopac for the Section championship. Rye’s stunning, last-second loss to Poughkeepsie in the 2009 Class A Section semifinals silenced Nugent Stadium as never before and caused reverberations that are felt to this day.

But this is a new year, and the latest model of gridiron warriors to sport the legendary Garnet and Black colors are itching to exact revenge on all who reveled in schadenfreude after their shocking playoff elimination.


Garnets Shine at Sectionals; Qualify Seven Swimmers for States

November 13, 2009

There are two ways to qualify for the girls’ swimming State championships: finish first in your event at Sectionals, or hit the “magic” time standard.

The “magic” reference is of course just a cute way of saying “qualifying time”, but – as it happens – the Garnet girls’ swimmers have had no shortage of enchantment on their side this autumn. Rye followed up a perfect 7-0 regular season by finishing second overall at the Section finals in early November. There was such an abundance of strong performances among the 16 who participated that seven are now bound for the State championships. The Garnets will compete in nine different events at the Webster Aquatic Center in western New York beginning November 20.


Head coach Shannon Bolger and a handful of Garnets

“Assistant coach Jaime Saracino and I are very proud of all the girls,” said head coach Shannon Bolger. “They may compete as individuals, but at the end of the day they know they are a team and that’s what makes us successful. I think that is very important. They root for one another and encourage each other to be their best.”


Morning Round-up: Swim team finishes second at Section championships

November 5, 2009

The Rye girls’ swimming and diving team finished second to Ursuline at the Section 1 championships at Felix Festa Middle School in Nyack. The Garnets ended up with 194.50 points, 91.5 back of first place. Rye swimmers placed in the top three of three different races. Freshman sensation Melissa Fulenwider was amazing in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 53.29, which was just .18 back of the Section champ’s time. Fulenwider also tied for third in the 50-yard freestyle event. Courtney Ciardiello took third place in the 200-yard freestyle race. Check back here later — as well as in the November 20 edition of The Rye Record — for complete coverage of Rye’s stellar performance at the Section championships.


Morning Round-up: Rye teams own overtime

November 4, 2009

As you can read in the three posts previous to this, Rye’s teams — field hockey and girls’ and boys’ soccer — swept the Election Day Sectional Tripleheader at Nugent Stadium yesterday. No game was lacking drama. Each went to overtime, where the Garnets eventually prevailed and advanced in their respective tournaments. Check out the stories and leave your comments!

Unfortunately, Rye’s volleyball team was ousted from the Class B Section quarterfinals on the road at Hen Hud. The Garnets — seeded ninth — fell to the top-seeded squadron 3-0 (25-8, 25-9, 25-13).

The sixth-seeded Rye Neck boys’ soccer team took advantage of another home game; they ousted No. 14 Pleasantville 3-1 to advance to the Section semifinals. Adam Gutierrez scored two goals and Phillipe Adam chipped in the Panthers’ third. Amazingly, Rye Neck will get to host the semifinal game because No. 7 Bronxville upset Westlake in their quarterfinal.

SPORTS-Ivan Martinez

Ivan Martinez


Morning Round-up: Quarters and semis get underway

November 3, 2009

Rye Neck’s volleyball team participated in Section playoff action yesterday, as did some members of the Rye girls’ swimming team. The fourth-seeded Panthers defeated No. 5 Hastings at home, 3-1 (25-18, 21-25, 25-21, 25-23). They’ll head to No. 1 Croton-Harmon tomorrow for the Class C Section semifinals.

Garnet swimmers Courtney Ciardiello and Melissa Fulenwider fared better than well in the preliminary Sectional rounds. Fulenwider advanced to the finals in both the 100 (top seed) and 50 freestyle (2nd seed). Ciardiello will appear in the finals of the 200 free and 100 butterfly.

Six local team are competing on the playoff schedule today, which includes an Election Day Tripleheader at Rye beginning at 11 a.m. when the field hockey team clashes in the Class B semifinals with No. 3 Briarcliff. See the full schedule below.


Morning Round-up: Six of seven Rye teams advance

November 2, 2009

Aside from the Rye football team’s gut-wrenching loss (see story in previous post), it was a wildly successful weekend for Rye and Rye Neck in the Section playoffs.

Although the score was tied 0-0 in the first half, the first-seeded Rye girls’ soccer team imposed their will in the second and defeated Sleepy Hollow 4-0 October 31. Carter Talgo and Lia Bellizzi combined for four goals and two assists. The Garnets are unbeaten in 23 games dating back to last season, and will next host No. 8 Tappan Zee in the Section A quarterfinals Tuesday.

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Lia Bellizzi

The fourth-seeded Rye boys’ soccer team also posted a 4-0 victory October 30 in their Class A first round game. They defeated No. 13 Yonkers 4-0 with goals from Chris Livingston, Buck Reynolds, Juan Chang, and Arber Xhema. Rye will face No. 5 Eastchester at home Tuesday in the Class A quarterfinals.


Morning Round-up: Playoff picture comes into focus

October 29, 2009

The postseason Sectional schedules are now official for our local public high schools, Rye and Rye Neck. The FAA and NYSAIS tournaments begin midway through next week for private schools Rye Country Day and Holy Child.