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Sep 13, 2018

Middletown Teen Takes First Place in 50-Meter Backstroke

By Lori Draz

Community YMCA’s Aquarockets

The Community YMCA’s Aquarockets swim team captured first place overall at the 2018 YMCA Long Course National Championship, which took place July 30 to Aug. 3 at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.

The men’s team took first place and the women’s team finished in second place, while Head Coach Jack Caucino was honored as Coach of the Meet. The national championship team practices at the Red Bank YMCA and at Camp Zehnder in Wall Township.

“The Community YMCA is proud to make history by winning our first national swim championship,” said President and CEO Laurie Goganzer. “We commend the swimmers and their dedicated coaches, led by Jack Caucino, for all their hard work and commitment.”

Richie Trentalange, 17, of Middletown, swam to a first-place victory in the 50-meter breaststroke. He is junior at the Marine Academy of Science and Technology at Sandy Hook.

The national championship is especially gratifying to Caucino, the first in his career. “I am thrilled for the team’s remarkable achievements in Maryland and throughout the past year,” said Caucino, noting that the team swam to a fourth-place finish at the YMCA short course nationals in April and captured second place at the YMCA State Championship meet in March.

Caucino has twice been recognized as Coach of the Meet at the YMCA nationals. He has coached the Aquarockets swim team for 21 years, leading 11 teams to top 10 finishes at YMCA national meets. In all, 54 swimmers on the team qualified to compete at the national meet.

The Aquarockets compete in the National YMCA Swimming and Diving and the United States Swimming organizations. A program of The Community YMCA’s Family Health & Wellness Center in Red Bank, the team consists of 300 swimmers ranging in age from 6 to 18, and is led by full-time and part-time professional coaches, who are supported by the Red Bank Swim Team Parent Association.

For more information on the Aquarockets swim team, visit or

The Y is a leading nonprofit charity that strengthens communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. It serves more than 20,000 greater Monmouth residents through programs such as: preschool, before and after school care, summer day camp, teen leadership, arts enrichment, health and wellness and personal and family counseling. In 2017, the Y provided $871,250 in financial assistance and program subsidies to strengthen 1,746 children and families in Monmouth County.