At their January meet, the Sid Jacobson Barracudas' swim team took an early lead against the Thunderbirds of Manhattan and won by taking more first places, with the highest number from the women's 10-and-under category. From the opening 200-yard medley relay through the grueling 200-yard freestyle, this group took home eight first-place ribbons with impressive efforts from Caitlin McCormick, Taylor Brooks, Michaela Mahon, Melanie Rosen, Lexi Singer, Marlee Singer, Marisa Struhl and Ruby Viener. In both the men and women's 200-yard medley relays, the Barracudas easily took first place swimming strong and maintaining the lead. In the men's 11-12 age group, the following had excellent swims: Andrew Brooks on the butterfly and breast strokes; Greg Rosenthal on the backstroke; Owen Seidman on the breast stroke and Jason Stewart on the freestyle.
Some personal best time at this meet were: Lexi Singer with 1.27.81 in the women's 9-10 100-IM; Casey Acklin with 2.53.06 in the men's 10 -and-under 200 freestyle; Harrison Spatz with 1.15.19 in the men's 13-14 100 individual medley and Brian Gaffney with 2.06.75 in the men's 11-17 200 freestyle. Other notable first-place winning events were: Taylor Brooks in the women's 9-10 50 butterfly; Allison Shefer in the women's 11-12 50 butterfly; Greg Rosenthal in the men's 11-12 50 backstroke; Vedaant Kukadia in the men's 8-and-under 25 backstroke; Alexis Batel in the women's 13-14 100 backstroke; Mary Puglisi in the women's 11-12 50 freestyle and Sammi Rosen in the women's 13-14 100 breast stroke. With less than half the season remaining, the Barracudas are working hard at building on their successes and to performing well at the final championship meet at Suffolk Community College on March 25.