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Jun 14, 2020

Middletown South Swimmer Victoria Ireland Heading for UNC

By Les Pierce

Middletown High School South Senior Victoria Ireland

Middletown South swimming standout Victoria Ireland has made her mark during her high school career. She now looks forward to continuing her athletic and academic pursuits at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Eagle co-captain leaves behind school records for the 100 butterfly (57.18) and 100 breaststroke (1:04.60). She is also a member of the record-setting 200 freestyle and 200 medley relay teams.

This season, Ireland repeated as the Monmouth County Championships title holder for the 100 butterfly. She also holds the meet record for the 100 breaststroke at 1:04.95. In 2019, she was named “Swimmer of the Year” by the Asbury Park Press.

Ireland is also on the roster of the Red Bank YMCA Aquarockets. Competing for that squad, she placed third at the 2019 YMCA Short Course National Championships in the 100 yard breaststroke with a clocking of 1:02.22. In addition, she was a member of the 400 medley relay team, along with teammates Grace Kayal, Arabella Lee and Megan Judge, that claimed the National Championship at that meet.

Like many athletes, her regular training regimen has been interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. To maintain condition, she has turned to alternative workouts as prescribed by her club team.

“I was fortunate to be guided by fantastic coaches,” said Ireland. “Middletown South coaches Mrs. Skinner and Mr. Lightbody always encouraged and supported every swimmer on the team both in and out of the pool. I also would like to thank Coach Jack Caucino for coaching me to success and teaching me how to race fiercely against my club teammates. Another big thank you to Coach Tom Wilkens, an Olympic medalist who was my breaststroke coach at the Y.”

“I am proud to be swimming at the University of North Carolina next season,” she added. “The second I stepped foot on campus, I realized the school was where I wanted to be. After meeting the team and coaching staff, I couldn’t wait to become a part of the UNC family. I cannot thank my family, teammates and coaches enough for supporting me along the way.”