New Paltz SeaHawks are DUSO champs, again!

SeaHawks’ triple DUSO champ, Ava Demassio. (photo by Rich Corozine)

The names may change through the years, but over the last six summer seasons of DUSO swimming the results have been the same. And once again the New Paltz SeaHawks won the championship 1485-1203 over second-place Red Hook, with DUSO championship newcomers twelve-year-old Ava Demassio and nine-year-old Delaney Pece leading the way.

Demassio tripled in winning the 12-under girls 100 freestyle, 50 backstroke and 50 breaststroke; while Pece doubled, winning the 10-under girls 50 breaststroke and 100 individual medley. Other individual champions were Paige Wilson in the 12-under girls 50 freestyle, Mary-Therese Nikolski in the 18-under girls 100 freestyle, Caden Salamone in the 8-under boys 50 butterfly, Ashley Benkert in the 14-under girls 50 butterfly, Kaela Santos in the 18-under girls 50 butterfly, and Abbie Santos in the 18-under girls 100 individual medley. Also winners were the 18-under 200 medley relay team of Chad Catania, Abbie Santos, Kaela Santos and Andrew Valentino.

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As we’ve noted before, if the SeaHawks are anything at all they are deep. They won the 8-under boys competition, the 10-under girls, the 12-under girls and the 18-under girls, with a plethora of second-place finishes. It was Rowan Santos second in the 10-under boys 25 freestyle and 25 butterfly; Mike Messina in the 14-under boys 100 freestyle; Abbie Santos in the 18-under girls 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke; Renata Martinez in the 8-under girls 25 backstroke; Omar Santos in the 8-under boys 25 backstroke; Delaney Pece in the 10-under girls 50 backstroke; Josie Lapolt in the 18-under girls 100 backstroke.
Also, Chad Catania in the 18-under boys 100 backstroke; Alaura Sheeley in the 10-under girls 25 butterfly; Kayla Cafaldo in the the12-under girls 50 butterfly; Caden Salamone in the 8-under boys 25 breaststroke; Logan Pece in the 14-under boys 50 breaststroke; Ashley Benkert in the 14-under girls 100 individual medley; and Kaela Santos in the 18-under girls 100 individual medley. Also finishing second was the 8-under 100 relay team of Omar Santos, Josephine Laurie, Caden Salamone and Renata Martinez.

It’s been a remarkable run for the SeaHawks, who ended this past dual-meet season on a 48-meet winning streak. And everyone save graduating assistant coach Kaela Santos will return for the next DUSO season. Can anyone imagine 55-straight dual-meet wins? It not only seems possible, it seems probable. The SeaHawks look loaded for years to come.

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