On July 18, 2018, The Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA held an honorary ceremony for the 2018 Graduating Seniors before their swim meet against South Orange Community Pool. The ceremony celebrated the achievements of graduating seniors Sarah Polizzi, Jimmy Pitingolo and Duytam Vu. Fellow young BHCP Breakers swim team members lined themselves along the edge of the pool and excitedly splashed water as each senior made their way to the dive block to receive their awards.
Sarah joined the BHCP swim team at the age of 8 and has been a strong contributor to the team for the past 11 seasons. She has been an assistant coach for the past 2 seasons. Sarah earned a 4-year gold varsity letter on the Governor Livingston High School swim team where she was a captain for the girls team as a senior. She is a two-time school record holder and qualified for the Meet of Champions her junior and senior years. Sarah will be attending the University of Georgia this fall.
Jimmy joined the BHCP swim team at the age of 6 and has been a fierce competitor and dedicated member of the team for the past 13 years. Jimmy swam club for the Summit Y for 5 years. He has worked as an assistant coach for the past 2 seasons. Jimmy is a 4-year gold varsity letter winner on the Governor Livingston High School swim team, and was a swim captain his senior year. Jimmy will be attending Johns Hopkins University in the fall.
Duytam has been a strong contributor to the team for the past 12 years, having joined the team at the age of 6. He has volunteered much time aiding the coaching staff over the past few years. Duytam earned a 4-year gold varsity letter on the Governor Livingston High School swim team. He was a captain for the boys team as a senior. He holds two school records for the team and qualified for the Meet of Champions his junior and senior years. Duytam will be attending the University of Pennsylvania this fall.
We at the Summit Area YMCA and Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA congratulate these three outstanding seniors for their achievements and wish them all the best in their future endeavors.
2018 BHCP Breakers Swim Team
After the ceremony and warm ups, the BHCP Breakers Swim Team commenced their swim meet against South Orange Community Pool.
We would like to congratulate the BHCP at the YMCA Swim Team, who won the swim meet by one point at 222 vs. 223.
Duytam Vu: 1st place 27.32s
Jimmy Pitingolo: 2nd place 27.33s
Sarah: 4th place 32.03s
Relayers: Sarah Polizzi, Reva Sathe, John Walsh and Jimmy Pitingolo as the anchor
1st place with a time of: 1.58.88s
Relayers: Pippa Raaijmakers, Mia Ulrich, Shaye Bundonis, Ava Klinck
1st Place with a Time of: 1:21:10s
Once again, congratulations to our graduating seniors and winners of the swim meet! Our mission is help each swimmer maximize their ability in a team-oriented, fun environment. We accomplish this through swimmer-specific training and competition with other teams, while maintaining a fun-filled atmosphere full of team parties and other special events. Many of the swimmers who start out on the BHCP team go on to compete at high school and college levels.
For more information about the Berkeley Heights Community Pool Swim Team, visit: http://bhcpool.com/activities/swimteam/
To sign up for the Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA, visit: http://bhcpool.com/membership/annualmembership/
Building on a history of family recreation that began in 1964, The Berkeley Heights Community Pool seeks to create an aquatics facility for the residents of Berkeley Heights and the surrounding areas that is reasonably priced, is suitable for all ages, and promotes a safe and family friendly atmosphere. With the assistance of American Red Cross Lifeguard Professionals and the Summit Area YMCA, we seek to reduce and prevent drownings and keep patrons safe through responsive aquatics safety training. As of April 2017, the Summit Area YMCA adopted full management of the community with the pool taking on the name of the Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA. As per a contract agreed upon with the Township of Berkeley Heights, the Summit Area YMCA has agreed to construct a 36,000 square foot facility on the township-owned land and within the first six years of the lease, build an entire new outdoor pool facility. Since April 2017, the Summit Area YMCA has made several improvements to the community pool facility, such as re-surfacing the baby pool, improving the main building and restrooms, added a staff room for staff members, and provides deck and lounge chairs for all members.
For more information regarding the Summit Area YMCA's Capital Campaign to raise funds to build the new Berkeley Heights YMCA facility, visit: www.sayfuture.org
The Summit Area YMCA is one of the area’s leading 501(c)3 charitable organizations. Founded in 1886, the Summit Area YMCA has a history steeped in working side-by-side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income and background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Our holistic approach to wellness focuses on building a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.