• Dan Russoman

Stingrays wrap up regular season at Collingswood


Hammonton’s Massimo Catania swims a leg of the medley relay during the Stingrays final regular season meet at Collingswood last week. (THG/Dan Russoman.To purchase photos in The Gazette, call (609) 704-1940.)

COLLINGSWOOD—The Hammonton Stingrays wrapped up their regular season schedule last week, visiting the Collingswood Marlins on July 24.


Collingswood came away with a 402-162 victory, but the meet saw 42 Hammonton swimmers improve their times across 65 different individual events.


Isabella Markowitz, a seven-year-old swimmer from Hammonton, moved up from the coaches’ squad and made her competitive swimming debut at the meet, swimming the final 25-meter leg of the 8 and under mixed medley relay and the 25-meter 8-and under individual freestyle event.


The meet was also the last for recent high school graduates and longtime, highly-respected Stingray swimmers Analiese Bova and Dominic Mazza.


During last week’s meet, Hammonton swimmers won 13 events. Giovanni Catania won three races, Massimo Catania, Everly Husta and Kyle Muller each won twice, and Glyza Canovas, Dominic Cushinotto, Brynn Gribbin and Shayne Herbert also won races.


The Stingrays posted 14 second place finishes during the day and added 14 third place results. In 19 relay events, Hammonton scored four wins.


Giovanni Catania won the male 13-14 100 individual medley (IM), the 50-meter backstroke and the 50-meter butterfly.


Massimo Catania was first in both the male 15-18 100 meter IM and the 50-meter butterfly. Husta won the female 8-and-under 25-meter freestyle and the 25-meter backstroke.


Muller finished first in the male 15-18 100-meter freestyle and the 50-meter backstroke.


Shayne Herbert won the male 13-14 50-meter breaststroke, Glyza Canovas won the female 15-18 100 freestyle, and Dominic Cushinotto was first in the male 8-and-under 25-meter freestyle. Brynn Gribbin won the female 8-and-under 25-meter breaststroke.


Second place finishers for Hammonton included Shayne Herbert in the 100 IM, Jesse Herbert in the 9-10 freestyle, Anthony Bova in the 100 freestyle, Jordan Fatato in the 25 backstroke and Analiese Bova in the 50 backstroke.


Second place finishers in the breaststroke included Guinevere Rizzo, Morgan Rizzo, Anthony Bova and Massimo Catania. Earning second place in butterfly were Kylie Short, Dominic Cushinotto, Jordan Fatato, Shayne Herbert and Glyza Canovas.


Among the third place finishers for the Stingrays were IM swimmers Jordan Fatato, Glyza Canovas and Kyle Muller, and freestyle racers Morgan Rizzo and Isabella Mazzochette and Harrison Kiss.


Four Stingrays were third in backstroke events, including Brennen Kiss, Morgan Rizzo, Isabelle McCloud and Victoria Marandino. In breaststroke, Jesse Herbert, Isabella Falciani and Mary Elton finished third.


Kayla Cushinotto was third in butterfly.


Hammonton won two medley relay events. The male 11-12 team of Billy Nees, Bryan Falciani, Evan Kiss and Morgan Rizzo won, as did the 13-14 mixed medley relay team of Giovanni Catania, Shayne Herbert, Anthony Bova and Harrison Kiss.


In freestyle relays, the Stingrays female 8-and-under team of Brynn Gribbin, Elizabeth Nees, Nina Rizzotte and Everly Husta won. The mixed 15-18 team of Kyle Muller, Giovanni Catania, John Paul Mazza and Massimo Catania also won.


Other swimmers competing in last week’s meet were: Julianne DeKlerk, Brynn Falciani, Joey Zingrone, Grace Gribbin, Margaret McCloud, Lauren Wines, Adriel Montecillo, Autumn Giberson, Isabelle Markowitz, Raymond Murphy, Sean Falciani, Ethan Wilson, Nolan Resch, Kendall Husta, Siena Ezzi, Amelia Birnbaum, Vera Birnbaum, Gracie Zingrone, Ella Doyle-Hemo, Christian Carruolo, Leo Murphy, Alex Nees, Casey Shulz, Elena Chesebro, Ella Wilson, Adeline Rizzo, Andrew Pyfrin, David Gonzalez, Joseph Zawrotny, Paige Gribbin, Juliet Wilson, Colton Castone, Elizabeth Molino, Tara McGahee, Liam Castone, Lyla Cassidy and Victoria Marandino.


This weekend, several Stingrays will compete at the Suburban Swim Association championships at the Dolphin Swim Club in Vineland. Under 12 competitors will swim on July 31 and those 13 and older will compete on August 1.