Green Wave girls' swim makes its mark
The New Milford High School girls' swim team recently lowered the curtain on a satisfying season.
Coach Cheryl Caridad's Green Wave featured the diving of senior Alison Profeta, who made her mark as a top performer at the South-West Conference and state levels.
Coached by longtime diving mentor Bethany Mihaly, she raised her own school record with a 200.45 score for six dives.
In dual-meet competition, New Milford outstroked Stratford and Oxford en route to a 2-10 regular-season record.
Coach Caridad's pool crew qualified 11 swimmers and two divers for the SWC meet, including eight girls for individual events.
Alison Profeta placed fourth in SWC diving with a score of 332.40 for eight dives and sophomore teammate Taylor Fish was 18th at 180.40.
The Green Wave's 200-yard medley relay quartet of Hanna Caridad in backstroke, Skyler Brown in breaststroke, Sierra Nicolson in butterfly and Halifax Nicolson in freestyle earned 10th place, in the process lowering their season best by more than three seconds.
Alison Profeta closed her diving career with a 17th-place state Class L effort at 272.25 points.
"Alison had a fabulous year," said coach Caridad. "She really grew as a diver in both knowledge and skill."
"Before the season began," she added, "Ali had decided to focus on her diving and took the steps needed to be able to compete for a Division 1 or 2 program in college."
Coach Caridad is optimistic the Green Wave will add meet wins to its ledger in coming seasons.
"Despite extremely late-night practice times, the girls overcame the challenging schedule and proved again to be strong and determined" she said. "Our team of 26 swimmers and divers was led by captains, Alison Profeta, Julia Krier, Megan Senior and Sierra Nicolson."
"We made great strides, many personal goals were attained through hard work and determination," she remarked.
Looking ahead, coach Caridad feels the outlook is positive.
"Although we will miss the depth our eight seniors added, I am looking forward to getting back into the water next year," she said, "joined by some new swimmers and divers for another great season."
The final competition of the 2013 campaign officially ended the Green Wave swim careers of seniors Laura Gil, the team manager, Alison Profeta, Cassidy Jones, Diana Orozco, Jessica Hogenauer, Julia Krier, Megan Senior, Rachel Kerster and Sierra Nicolson.
Coach Mihaly also bid adieu with season's end to the Green Wave swim program.
"New Milford High School was very fortunate to have an talented and gifted individual like Bethany as the diving coach for the past seven years," praised coach Caridad. "Bethany's enthusiasm for the sport and patience in teaching have made her an exceptional diving coach. She will be truly missed at the pool by her swimmers and divers."
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