Kim Beaney returns to the Barracuda's for her 7th summer. Before joining the Cudas, she was the Head Coach of the West Caldwell, NJ Dolphin summer swim team for 14 years. She lead the Dolphins from a team of 60 swimmers to 160, consistently placing in the top 2 out of 20 teams in the league. Coach Beaney believes that swimming is a great sport which allows for healthy competition. Swimming teaches children the direct relationship between hard work and results, preparing them for success as well as making the best out of failure. Kim was an assistant coach at Red Hawk Aquatic Club (formally Montclair Aquatic Club) for three winter seasons. She prefers summer swimming because of the fast paced season and the wide variety of swimmers (beginners to advanced). Her favorite aspect of coaching is witnessing swimmers meet their goals.
Kim swam with Montclair Aquatic Club as an age group swimmer. She credits the discipline learned in swimming to her success in college. She graduated with honors from Pratt Institute with a Degree in Architecture. She is married and has three children and resides in Belvidere. She works part time with a construction consultant company as a drafts person.
Lia Duffy will be finishing her Junior year at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. She has been a member of the William Smith Swimming and Diving Team for the past two years. As a sophomore, she made the 2012 Upper New York State Collegiate Swimming Association All-Academic Team. You must be at least a sophomore, have a GPA over 3.3 the past two semesters and competed in the UNYSCSA Championships. As a freshman, Lia was awarded the Stephanie Christie Award by the William Smith Athletic Department for the Top Student Athlete at William Smith and the Anne Richardson Rowley '82 Most Valuable Swimmer Award by the William Swim Coaching Staff.
Lia has been swimming competitively since she was six years old. She swam for the Easton YMCA and Pen Argyl High School. Lia was a YMCA State Champ in the 50 Breaststroke when she was 12. She was a District II Champ in the 50 Free as a senior in High School. She has taught private swim lessons at college as well as area pools around Pen Argyl, and she is presently employed as a lifeguard at school. She was an assistant coach of the Belvidere Barracudas in 2010 and 2012 and is looking forward to returning to the coaching staff again this summer.
Jenni Smith will be finishing up her Junior year at State University of New York at Fredonia. Fredonia is a small town in Western New York, located just south of Buffalo. Jenni is from Pen Argyl, PA, she swam with the Nazareth YMCA, Pen Argyl High School, and Easton High School and now currently swimming in college at Fredonia. Jenni’s leadership skills earned her the Captain spot in High School and has been voted in as Captain her Junior year in College. She swims a variety of events, ranging anywhere from the Individual Medley to distance freestyle.
Jenni has seven years of coaching experience and coaching comes very natural to her. She is a tough competitor with a smile. She has coached at the Easton Varsity E. Swim Clinic, Easton and Phillipsburg YMCA team and Palmer Summer Swim Team. She has given both private and group lessons. She will be attending the Longhorn Swim Camp in Austin, Texas this May/June. She will be working with Olympic coaches and swimmers to instruct swimmers from all around the country for five weeks. This will be a great experience for her to learn about different techniques, drills, workouts, and mental barriers and is looking forward to bringing all that she learns to Belvidere.
Anna Kalfaian is a senior at Blair Academy, where she has been a varsity swimmer all four years. She holds school records in the 200 free relay and the 200 medley relay (backstroke leg). She has been swimming competitively for ten years, on Blair Academy's team and on the Hunterdon County Y summer and winter teams. She swam in the Penn Jersey Summer Swim League for nine years, so is very familiar with our summer program. Anna has come highly recommended for her leadership skills. She will be attending Princeton University in the fall.
Lake Duffy- started competitively swimming at the age of five. She swam for the Tidal Waves of the Easton YMCA for nine years setting numerous team records. Lake competed at the YMCA state championship level every year since she was nine. For the last four years, Lake has been competing in high school swimming. She has been a district XI AA champion in both the 50 and 100 freestyle. Lake also finished in the top 8 at the Pennsylvania AA High School Swimming Championships during the past two years. Lake will be attending Ithaca college and swimming for the Ithaca Bombers. Lake has been a member of the Belvidere Barracudas for five years. She has been on the coaching staff for three.
Josee Ritter swam for the Belvidere Barracudas for 7 years and also swam for the Belvidere High School team for all 4 years in high school. She was captain her Junior and Senior year. This will be Josee's 3rd year on deck with the Cudas. She is currently a pre-nursing major at Salisbury University in Maryland. Josee is highly excited to be returning on the pool deck to help the other coaches and to help our swimmers improve their techniques and knowledge of swimming. She looks forward to seeing the excitement and dedication our team will have this summer! She cannot wait to see all our returning swimmers along with meeting some new faces as well! (: GO CUDAS!!!!
CJ Moritz has been swimming with the Belvidere Barracudas since he was six years old as well as with Lehigh Valley Aquatics. He competed in numerous Junior Olympics, MA Zones, Senior Championships and Sectionals. He also is a 2013 Grand Prix Qualifier. CJ has been assistant coach for the Belvidere Barracudas for the past two years.