The only thing “certain” to humankind seem to be two things: you are born and then at some point in time, you will die. Everything in between is a crap-shoot. Or maybe, hope. Well, you can add a third certainty to this human canon…that the New Paltz SeaHawks will win the DUSO championship. They’ve done it seven summers in a row — to go along with their unbelievable 54-straight dual-meet wins — and this summer (another undefeated one at 6-0) it seemed the season itself was just a warmup to the championship meet held this past Saturday at the brand-spanking-new Rosendale Pool Complex. Certainty or not, this is some accomplishment for a plain-old town team, coached and swum by locals (Glen and Melissa Gruver-LaPolt, Kaela Santos and Emily Benkert) and supported full-throat by the New Paltz faithful.
The SeaHawks took the title with their patented depth, winning the crown with 1,541.50 points over second-place Zena’s 1,258.50 and captured the 8-under boys, 11-12 girls and 15-18 girls titles.
Individually, it was a double for Andie Psilopoulos in the 12-under girls 50 backstroke (with teammates Delaney Pece second and Julia Napoli third) and 100 Individual Medley (with teammate Brooke Vos second); with Vos winning the 12-under girls 50 freestyle; Trent Suchowiecki the 8-under boys 25 breaststroke; Rowan Santos the 10-under boys 50 backstroke; Kate Suchowiecki the 10-under girls 50 breaststroke (with teammate Grace Lang second); Ashley Benkert the 18-under girls 50 butterfly (with teammate Abbie Santos second); and Santos the 18-under girls 100IM.
The SeaHawks also took home the gold in the 8-under mixed 100 relay with Jayda Schenker, Isla D’Angelo, Bennett Sheeley and Trent Suchowiecki; and the 10-under mixed 200 relay with Kate Suchowiecki, Renata Martinez, Omar Santos and Tate Wilson.
There was a plethora of second-place finishes (that depth), with Brady Saunders leading the way with three (14-under boys 50 freestyle, 50 backstroke and 50 breaststroke), Trent Suchowiecki (8-under boys 50 freestyle), Rowan Santos (10-under boys 25 freestyle), Kate Suchowiecki (10-under girls 50 freestyle and 100 IM), Tate Wilson (10-under boys 50 freestyle and 50 breaststroke), Psilopoulos (12-under girls 100 freestyle), Ava Demassio (14-under girls 100 freestyle and 100 IM), Abbie Santos (18-under girls 50 freestyle), Bennett Sheeley (8-under boys 25 backstroke and 25 butterfly), Delaney Pece (12-under girls 50 backstroke).