2021 is the 33rd season for the BHS swim team and Head Coach Ed Tsuzuki.
The team's overall record is 360-209-7.
North 2 Group C State Sectional Champs:
Girls: 2017, 2018, 2019
Skyland Conference Divison Champs:
Girls: 2012, 2013, 2017, 2019, 2020
Boys: 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Ryan Schuller, Sean Robinson, Matt Snyder, and Bryce Lukacsko Lowers their School Record in 200 Medley Relay (1:37.98)
Matt Snyder Breaks the School Record in the 100 Fly (51.98)
End-of-season (outdoor) celebration!?
2021: GIrls 1-0 Boys 0-0 Coed 4-0
2020: Girls: 10-2 Boys: 11-2
March 25, 2021
Bernards completed 2021 with a 5-0 record, the first complete undefeated season for the Bernards High School swim team! Bernards handed Belvidere a 110-60 defeat and broke two school records in the process. The medley relay team of Ryan Schuller, Sean Robinson, Matt Snyder, and Bryce Lukacsko lowered their own standard which they set earlier in the week by another 0.18 to touch the wall at 1:37.98! Then Matt followed that with a stellar swim in the 100 fly, breaking Ben Baxter's 2016 record (52.56) with a 51.98! The Bernards coed squad won 7 individual events with 7 different swimmers. Thomas Ambelang (200), Sami Bender (IM - #10 all-time), Bryce (50 - #7 all-time), Matt (100 fly - new school record), Everett Bailey (500), Ryan (100 back - #2 all-time, just missing the school record by .04), and Sean (100 breast) each grabbed the gold. Bernards also won the 400 free relay with Alex Ruffer, Nina Marquard, Everett, and Noah Youssef. Also swimming on the Top 20 list were Trevor Lukacsko (#14 in the fly) and Meghan Robinson (#18 in the back).
March 22, 2021
Ryan Schuller, Sean Robinson, Matt Snyder, and Bryce Lukacsko opened Bernards' virtual meet (v Franklin) by setting a new Bernards High School record in the 200 medley relay with a 1:38.16, breaking last year's record of 1:39.24 (set by Ryan, Sean, Joe Kiel, and Matt at last year's Meet of Champions). The Bernards girls and boys combined for their 3rd coed victory of the season by beating Franklin 98-70. Winning their individual events were Ryan (IM), Thomas Ambelang (50), Matt (fly), Meghan Robinson (500 - #9 all-time), and Noah Youssef (Back). Grace Korey improved to a #11 spot in the 500, Sean improved to a #13 spot in the fly, and Bryce improved in 2 events - to #5 in the fly, and #18 in the back. Adding to the effort were silver medals won by Sami Bender (IM), Matt Giunta (50), Bryce (fly), Maddie Kiel (100), Grace (500), Kurt Hunziker (breast), and the 200 and 400 free relay teams of Matt G, Caitlyn Sebastian, Gianna Lorenzo, Noah, and Marion Doerr, Caitlyn, Meghan, and Nicholas Snyder.
March 18, 2021
Bernards remained undefeated as the girls defeated Gill St. Bernards 92-76, winning 6 events including the 2 sprint relays. Leading the way with 2 individual wins was Sami Bender who won the 50 and the 100 free and also anchored the winning 200 free relay behind Meghan Robinson, Cydney McGee, and Katie Riegler. Meghan also touched the wall first in the IM and joined Ashley Hartnett, Maddie Kiel, and Grace Korey to wine the 200 medley relay. Grace added one more gold medal for Bernards as she won the 500 free. As Gill won 5 events, Bernards needed some strong runner up finishes to secure the victory. Ashley added 3 silvers to her gold in the 100 free, backstroke and the 400 free relay - with Grace, Maddie, and Sami. Maddie (fly), Meghan (breast), and Nina Marquard (200 free) also put second place points up for Bernards. Meghan's IM time puts her in the #13 spot on the BHS all-time Top 20 and her breast time moves her up to the #6 all-time position.
March 10, 2021
Bernards continued their 2021 season with another coed victory over Voorhees 112-58 in their home pool - the Somerset Hills YMCA. This was the first time in 20 years that Bernards swam Voorhees in this mixed format. Bernards managed to swim 34 swimmers out of their 40 person roster, with 11 of them capturing gold medals, led by double winners Everett Bailey, Matt Giunta, Grace Korey, Meghan Robinson, Alex Ruffer, and Matt Snyder. Single event winners were Vincent Falivene, Ashley Hartnett, Meghan Lukacsko, Audrey Panik, and Ryan Schuller. Silver medalists included Thomas Ambelang, Marion Doerr, Tara Hartnett, Keaton Haughan, Maddie Kiel, Bryce Lukacsko, Nina Marquard, and Sean Robinson.
March 3, 2021
Bernards finally opened their season with a victory over Somerville 111 -59. Because of Somerville's small team size, the meet was a coed meet - with girls and boys mixed in the same events. Bernards began as a coed team and swam as a coed team for the first 12 seasons! This win improved the team's coed win-loss record to 73-72-1.
Bernards won the opening and closing relays as well as 7 individual events - led by senior Matt Snyder who captured both the 100 fly and the 500 free. The other individual winners were Ryan Schuller (IM), Bryce Lukacsko (50), Alex Ruffer (100), Ashley Hartnett (back), and Meghan Robinson (breast). Ryan improved on his #9 all-time spot in the IM and freshmen Ashley and Meghan both made the BHS All-Time Top 20 list with a #20 spot for Ashley in the back and a #9 spot for Meghan in the breast. The meet began with a very tight race between 2 Bernards medley relay teams as Ashley, Sean Robinson, Maddie Kiel, and Bryce just touched out Ryan, Meghan, Matt, and Grace Korey by .02 seconds! Bernards closed out the meet with a victory in the 400 free relay as Alex, Tara Hartnett, Marion Doerr, and Vincent Falivene touched the wall first. Additional runner up points were posted by Nina Marquard (200), Sean (IM and fly), Vincent (50), Grace (500), and Nick Snyder (back).
February 21, 2021
The 2021 season has kicked off despite significant snow cancellations and the Bernards swim team is ready for some Skyland Conference dual meet action! Not surprisingly, there are many changes this season either in addition to, or because of the pandemic, so this season's contests will come in several varieties. Bernards will have one virtual, coed meet (Franklin - 3/22), one in-person coed away meet (Somerville - 3/3), two in-person coed home meets (Voorhees - 3/10 and Belvidere - 3/15), one in-person girls home meet (Gill - 3/17), and will end the season with one in-person double dual (separate girls and boys) away meet (Warren Hills - 3/27)! One bit of good news is that we can allow a limited number of spectators at our home meets! It's all better than not having a season so BHS is going to make the best of it!
January 13, 2021
Almost every school in the division has been able to secure pool time. The participating schools and their home pools are listed below:
Belvidere (Coed) - Phillipsburg Elementary School
Bernards (Girls and Boys) - Somerset Hills YMCA
Franklin (Coed) - Bridgewater YMCA (virtual only)
Gill St. Bernards (Girls only) - Somerville YMCA
Somerville (Coed) - Somerville YMCA
Voorhees (Coed) - Flemington Healthquest (cannot host meets)
Warren Hills (Girls and Boys) - Phillipsburg Elementary School
With strict restrictions on deck and pool capacity, as well as tight time slots, it is likely that many meets will have to be run as single gender meets. The schedule is still being worked on.
January 11, 2021
The Bernards swim team looks forward to finally kicking off their 2021 season! NJSIAA has approved a shortened season (Feb 1 to March 27) with meets beginning on Feb 16, It looks like there will be as many as 6 other participating schools in the Valley Division of the Skyland Conference (Belvidere, Franklin, Gill St. Bernards, Somerville, Voorhees, and Warren Hills), Safety protocols and meet schedules still have to be finalized, but the swimmers are all anxious to safely get back in the water! Stay tuned for more details. The schedule is still very tentative.
The Skyland Conference has announced the 2020 All-Conference Selections. In the Valley Division, Bernards placed 6 girls and 7 boys on the All-Conference Team as follows:
Sami Bender (Fr) - 1st team medley relay, 100 free, 400 free relay
Clare Johnson (Sr) - 2nd team 200 free
Maddie Kiel (Jr) - 1st ream medley relay
Grace Korey (Fr) - 1st team medley relay, 100 breast, 400 free relay
Nina Marquard (So) - 1st team 400 free relay
Izzy Piccone (Sr) - 1st team medley relay, 200 free, 400 free relay
Everett Bailey (So) - 2nd team 500 free
Vincent Falivene (Jr) - Honorable Mention
Joe Kiel (Sr) - 1st team medley relay, 100 fly, 200 free relay, 400 free relay
Bryce Lukacsko (So) - 1st team 100 free, 200 free relay, 400 free relay
Sean Robinson (Jr) - 1st team medley relay, 200 free relay, 100 breast
Ryan Schuller (So) - 1st team medley relay, 400 free relay, 2nd team 100 back
Matt Snyder (Jr) - 1st team medley relay, 500 free, 200 free relay, 400 free relay
February 29, 2020
The Bernards boys team of Ryan Schuller, Sean Robinson, Joe Kiel, and Matt Snyder set a new school record in the 200 medley relay with a 1:39.25 at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions preliminaries, earning them a (13th) spot in the finals. Also posting a personal best time was Sami Bender in the 200 free (30th) and Joe Kiel's 50 free, leading off the 200 free relay. Sami's 1:58.00 moves her up from the 20th to 6th on the BHS all-time list and Joe's 50 puts him at the number 10 spot. While not making the finals (top 16), all of the swimmers finished above their seeding in their individual events: Matt Snyder 200 free - 71st, 500 free - 24th; Ryan Schuller 100 back - 40th, and Sean Robinson 100 breast - 20th. Bryce Lukacsko was injured and was unable too compete.
February 14, 2020
The Bernards boys fell to Summit 72-98 in their 4th State Sectional Finals to end their season at 11-2. The small squad of 14 boys all fought valiantly to the end, posting 17 best times, including a new BHS record and winning 5 events against a much larger team from Summit. Sean Robinson lowered his own school record in the 100 breaststroke with an incredibly fast 59.00. Bryce Lukacsko (50 free - #9 all-time). Joe Kiel (fly), Matt Snyder (500), and Ryan Schuller (back) each won their individual events and Sean, Joe, Bryce, and Matt grabbed the top spot in the 200 free relay.
Bernards will be sending 6 athletes to the Meet of Champions at GCIT on February 29-March 1. Sami Bender (200, 50), Sean Robinson (breast), Ryan Schuller (back), and Matt Snyder (200 and 500 free) have qualified in individual events and the boys will also compete in all 3 relays - Ryan, Sean, Joe Kiel, and Bryce Lukacsko in the medley, Sean, Joe, Bryce and Matt in the 200 free, and Ryan, Joe, Bryce, and Matt in the 400 free.
February 13, 2020
The Bernards girls were State Sectional Finalists for the 5th time, but were not able to retain their Sectional crown, having won it the previous 3 years as they fell to Caldwell 73-97 at the Raritan Bay Area YMCA. The girls swam fiercely - posting 14 new PRs while winning 8 of the 11 events, but could not capture enough runner up finishes to come out on top this year. Leading the way for Bernards were freshmen Sami Bender and Grace Korey. Each took two individual events and swam on the victorious medley and 400 free relays. Sami touched the wall first in the 50 in an MOC qualifying time, which put her within 0.2 seconds of the school record. Her 100 time was the 6th fastest in BHS history and only 0.04 seconds off MOCs. Grace swam the 14th fastest 200 IM for BHS and also won the 100 breaststroke. Grace and Sami teamed up with Maddie Kiel and Izzy Piccone on the two winning relays and Maddie (fly) and Izzy (500) each took one individual event. The medley relay swam the fastest time of the season which was good enough for #7 spot on the all-time list. Maddie (back) and Izzy (200) were each runner-ups and Nina Marquard posted the lone individual 3rd place in the 500. Also securing bronze was the 200 free relay team of Marion Doerr, Keaton Haughan, Sarah Celentano, and Nina.
The girls finished their illustrious season at 10-2 as Skyland Conference Valley Division champions and North 2 Group C State Sectional Finalists.
February 10, 2020
The Bernards girls also remained undefeated (10-0) with a semifinal round win over Madison (92-78) in the NJSIAA State Sectional North 2 Group C bracket. Second seeded Bernards will face the winner of first seed Caldwell and fourth seed New Providence in the finals on February 13 at the Raritan Bay Area YMCA. Bernards edged out Madison 6 wins to 5 in a very close contest at the Somerset Hills YMCA. Sami Bender won the 50 and 100 free and also anchored the two winning relays for Bernards. Joining Sami on the medley relay was Izzy Piccone, Grace Korey, and Maddie Kiel and on the 200 free relay was Clare Johnson, Marion Doerr, and Mattie Sbaraglio. Izzy Piccone (500) and Maddie (fly) added an individual win each. Izzy, Maddie, Clare, and Grace teamed up for the runner up spot in the 400 free relay, although the meet was clinched with a strong 2-3 finish in the breaststroke by Grace and Sophie Ray.
The Bernards boys swam a focused and determined meet to overtake the higher seeded Governor Livingston boys 91-79 in a spirited semifinal meet at the Morris Union Jointure school. Bernards exploded out of the starting blocks in the opening medley relay, lowering their MOC qualifying time and touching the wall only six hundredths of a second off the school record to set the stage for an evening of jaw-dropping swims. The medley team of Ryan Schuller (back), Sean Robinson (breast), Joe Kiel (fly), and Bryce Lukacsko (free) each added individual victories in their specialties. Ryan's back time claims the 4th spot in the BHS all-time swims, Joe's fly is the 3rd fastest ever, and Bryce's 50 free puts him in the #9 spot. Matt Snyder put on a show as he won the IM with the 2nd fastest time in BHS history and then posted the 4th fastest time in winning the 500 with another MOC qualifying time. After a (very) short rest, Matt anchored the 200 free relay behind Sean, Joe, and Bryce to qualify the boys' 3rd relay for MOCs with the 4th fastest time at BHS. Adding to the BHS Top 20 list was Ryan's 200 free (#9), Sean's 50 (#10), and Trevor Lukacsko's fly (#13). The boys team remains undefeated at 11-0.
Bernards High School
25 Olcott Avenue
Bernardsville, NJ 07924
Home meets held at:
Somerset Hills YMCA
140 Mt. Airy Road
Basking Ridge, NJ 07923