Tryouts/Practice Information

Tryouts/practices will begin Tues Nov 1st.
  • Tues Nov 1st - Thur Nov 3rd at TAC, 7:15pm - 8:45 pm (athletes need to be on the pool deck by 7:15pm)

  • Fri Nov 4th at TAC, 6:15am - 7:15 am (on the pool deck by 6:15am)
Time Trials (Year Round Swimmers to Only Attend One Time Trial Day)
  • Mon Nov 7th, Tues Nov 8th, and Wed Nov 9th at TAC, 7:15pm - 8:45pm

Building community & program

Swimmers bring the tailgate and a festive atmosphere to a recent Men's Soccer game.

Manage physicals & eligibility with Appryse

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Team Roster

Name Grade
Olivia Allen
Mary Anglum 11
Caelyn Barrett 12
Gillian Barrett 12
Allison Baumgartner 11
Katharine Beck 12
Christina Benvenuto
Adelaide Cairns
Isabella Carpenter 10
Colleen Clifford
Elizabeth Crouse 12
Delaney Daniels 11
Delaney Darrow 11
Madeline David 10
Nicole Deis 10
Kaitlin Dowling
Kathleen Duffy 11
Gabriella Ercolino 10
Danielle Eytcheson 11
Hannah Faber
Josie Fanelli 10
Alexandra Ford 11
Oishi Ghosh 10
Gabriella Jensen 10
Morgan Johns 10
Gabrielle Kelly
Caroline Kunkel 12
Gabrielle-Lauren Lardizabal 11
Georgina Macdonald
Meredith McElroy 12
Megan Mercer
Alexandra Middleton 11
Kathryn Milberg 10
Amelia Miranda 10
Catherine Moore 11
Sandra Naylor 11
Annabelle New 11
Cassandra New
Elizabeth Ogren 12
Olivia Parker 11
Molly Pennisi 10
Emma Phillips 10
Morgan Pirozzi 11
Caroline Putze 12
Kiersten Roach 12
Jacquelyn Rocque
Isabella Salazar 12
Julianna Salcido 11
Megan Shearin 11
Sarah Smith 11
Elizabeth Spellman 12
Kaitlin Sutphen 12
Elizabeth Szymeczek 12
Anna Todd 12
Cora Tse 10
Lindsey Van Tassel 12
Isabella Volpe 12
Kensey Wallace 11
Niamh Williams 10
Ashley Worden 11
Clare Zureich 12


  • Head Coach

    Years Coached at CGHS: 16th Season

    Jonah Turner is from Raleigh, NC where he grew up swimming year round for several clubs (New Wave, RY, and TAR). He also swam forSanderson High School where he graduated from in 1997. After high school, he continued his swimming career in college and swam for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was a distance swimmer specializing in the 1650yd Freestyle, 1000yd Freestyle, 500yd Freestyle, and 200yd Butterfly.

    While in college during summer break is when Jonah first discovered his love for coaching. He coached the summer swim team, Greystone in Raleigh for 4 summers. After graduating from Carolina in 2001, Jonah was asked to coach the Cardinal Gibbons Swim Team which at the time had 8 guys and 20 girls on the team. Twelve seasons later and a lot more athletes on the team, Jonah continues to enjoy working with his fellow coaches to help swimmers improve and learn to believe in themselves as well as teaching the importance of teamwork and having fun.

    Outside of coaching Cardinal Gibbons, Jonah works for Cardinal Health as a Supply Chain Core Account Manager for the Acute market calling on Central NC. He also enjoys spending time and traveling with his wife Stephanie and their 1.5 yr old son Jackson and 3.5 yr old daughter Brooklyn who can often be found on the pool deck yelling Go Gibbons! He also has two dogs Zoey (French Bulldog) and Lily (Pug).

    Jonah enjoys nothing more than coming to the pool to coach the Gibbons swimmers and watch them grow more and more as swimmers and as a team each day.

  • Assistant Coach

    Years Coached CGHS: 4th Season

    Joey DeRusso returns for his second season on the coaching staff bringing his passion and energy back to the pool deck again. He is an alumni (2005-2009) of Cardinal Gibbons where he was a captain of the swim team as well as recepient of several awards - Spirit Award, Coaches Award, Crusader Award.

    After graduating from CGHS Joey went on to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but in the summers Joey pursued his passion for swimming and being apart of a team through coaching Prestonwood Country Club. He led his team to become one of the most successful summer swim team programs in the area.

    Joey recently graduated from UNC and majored in Microbiology. He currently is working for a health and wellness startup company where is heads up their marketing efforts. Joey currently has a full plate as he works he is also working to earn his MBA from the Fuquay School of Business at Duke.

    We are thrilled and excited to have Joey join us for his 4th season.

  • Assistant Coach

    Kristin Curran has enjoyed swimming her entire life. She began swimming at Lake Gaston with her parents before she could even walk. At age six, she started swimming on her neighborhood TSA team, The Shepherds Vineyard Killer Whales. Falling in love with swimming at the summer league level is something she has never forgotten. She went on to swim year round for Raleigh Swimming Association through high school and during high school she  swam for Cary Academy. 

    Kristin has coached two seasons at the NCAA DIII level at Franciscan University while she earned a MA degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has just moved back to the Raleigh area and is looking forward to bringing her passion for swimming and joy of coaching to Cardinal Gibbons this season.

  • Asst Coach

    Taylor Blanton returns from a one year sabbatical to rejoin the team for his fifth year coaching swimming at Cardinal Gibbons. Prior to coming to Cardinal Gibbons, Coach Blanton was the head coach at Mallard Creek HS in Charlotte NC. Here he was twice named the Conference Coach of the Year and guided the Mavericks to consecutive Top- 10 finishes at the 4A State Championship meet, the only time they have done so in school history.

    Coach Blanton has coached club swimming for both Mecklenburg Aquatic Club in Charlotte - 3 yrs and for the YMCA of the Triangle Swim Team here in Raleigh - 5yrs. During that time he was an active member of the American Swimming Coaches Association and was the primary coach of several athletes ranked in the National Top 10 both in individual and relay events. He has also coached in the Tarheel Swimming Association for many years including 4 years as the Head Coach of Scotts Mill in Apex, and the past four years as the Head Coach of Sunset Ridge in Holly Springs. As a Head Coach in TSA, Coach Blanton has a 40-7-1 win/loss/tie record and five division championships in 8 yrs. Coach Blantons teams have focused on team spirit, sportsmanship, personal improvement and he has been invited for several years to be a speaker at the Annual Tarheel Swimming Association Coaches Clinics.

    Coach Blanton teaches AP US History and American Government here at Cardinal Gibbons. He also coaches the Cross Country teams, is the moderator for the History Clubs and leads an annual trip to Western Europe


State Champions

2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

Women's Swimming Team Records





200 Medley Relay

Julie Smith, Melanie Roberts, Patrice Dason, Lisa Pucci




200 Freestyle

Julie Smith




200 Individual Medley

Melanie Roberts



50 Freestyle

Julie Smith



100 Butterfly

Patrice Dason




100 Freestyle

Julie Smith



500 Freestyle

Emily Dykstra



200 Freestyle Relay

Patrice Dason, Suzanne Figuers, Melanie Roberts, Julie Smith



100 Backstroke

Julie Smith



100 Breaststroke

Melanie Roberts




400 Freestyle Relay

Lisa Pucci, Jessica Botzum, Mallory Pucci, Julie Smith



* = State Record Bold = New Records this Season

Collegiate Athletes

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