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Junior Grace Endersby is a standouts for Caldwell in the 100-breaststroke, 50-freestyle and 200-Individual Medley as the talented Lady Aqua Chiefs look to repeat as both the Super Essex Conference and Essex County Meet champions in 2014-2015 season. (Photos by Bill Allen-NJSportAction.NET)

Soph Natalie Dalla Riva adds strength in the 100- butterfly for Caldwell

Caldwell Girls Swimming Team
Will Be A Title Contender Again
By Bill Allen
For sidelinechatter.com

CALDWELL-- Last winter, the girls swimming squad from Caldwell made a huge splash by copping both conference and county championships before falling in the state section semifinals round and finishing at 12-1.

This season, though, instead of a simple splash, apparently the Lady Aqua-Chiefs are hoping to create a Tsunami.

“I think we have a great chance to repeat as Super Essex Conference and Essex County champions,” declared Steve Trivino, the only head coach that the JCHS the aquatics armies have ever known.

Now in his 15th year at the Caldwell club's controls, Trivino noted that his girls team has only six seniors, but seems to be even deeper than last season.

“We have 26 girls, which is not our largest turnout ever, but we do have a lot of depth. In the past, we've had over thirty girls, but not all of them were competitive at the highest levels.

“This season, though, one through 26, this is a group of competitive swimmers and we're aiming to defend both of our titles and hope to, at least, reach the state section final.

“Overall, I have to tell you, we might just be better than we were last year.”

Captaining the current club are two seniors: Lauren D'Angelo (200 and 500 freestyle) and Maria Bongo (200 free, 100 butterfly).

The list of others who should make a difference this season includes senior Rebecca Coughlin (200 free, 100 'fly), fellow 12th-grader Jacqueline Mescia (500 and 100 free), senior Addy Maykish (200 and 500 free), junior Grace Endersby (200 IM, 100 breaststroke, 50 free), 11th-grader Alex Bambrick (100 backstroke, 100 free) and sophomore Natalie Dalla Riva (200 free, 100 backstroke, 100 'fly).

The Lady Aqua-Chiefs, who kicked-off their current campaign by defeating a traditionally strong Millburn squad, 92-78, at the Caldwell Community Center on Monday, Dec. 8, have a boys and girls showdown against crosstown competitor West Essex Regional on tap for a 3:30 start on Thursday, Dec. 18, at the Caldwell Community Center pool.

The 2013-2014 Caldwell girls swimming team took time to celebrate its Super Essex Conference title and Essex County Meet championship.

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