"RBC Girls Swimming A Family Affair"
January 17, 2013Red Bank Catholic High School
The Red Bank Catholic girls swimming team has been locked in so far this season, fresh off a first place win at the Monmouth County Championships last Friday. One of the reasons for their edge on the competition could be because of the three sisters on the team; Sophomore twins Corey and Morgan, and Junior Shannon Belforti.
Red Bank Catholic Coach Matt Bowen agrees that while it’s very unusual, he likes the positive dynamic that the three sisters bring to the team.
“It’s unique to have three members of the same family on the same team let alone sisters,” Bowen said. “It’s a lot of fun though and they are very fun together on the team.”
Shannon, Morgan, and Corey all got their passion for swimming at an early age together and still continue that shared interest.
“When we were little we used to swim at the YMCA and we were always involved in swim lessons,” Shannon Belforti said. “I joined the team first and when Corey and Morgan got older they wanted to as well so it worked out that way.”
While they may be competitive against other teams, that competitiveness doesn’t affect the sisters' relationship with each other.
“It’s really fun to compete with my sisters,” Shannon said. “We’re not competitive with each other and we are team oriented and like to compete for the team, so the three of us being together is really cool because we get to push each other.”
Shannon, who is the oldest of the three sisters, admits that she likes being someone her younger sisters can look up to.
“I definitely feel like a role model to my two younger sisters,” She said. “I try to push them to go to practice and really work hard to become better swimmers.”
The Belforti’s usually don’t end up swimming in the same races together during meets, but Coach Bowen says sometimes Morgan and Shannon end up swimming in the 100 Freestyle Medley together.
“They are very lighthearted about swimming together and tend to cheer each other on.” Bowen said.
In the Monmouth County Championships, Morgan and Shannon ended up swimming the 100 Freestyle Medley together and Shannon finished 6th place while Morgan finished right after her in 7th.
“It’s really interesting when they do swim in the same race together,” Bowen said. “It worked out that way for counties and to have them both end up going 6th and 7th place is awesome.”
The Belforti’s are looking forward to the rest of the season together, and realize that their time spent on the team with each other is something that brings them even closer together.
“We are really close out of the pool to so when we go to swimming it’s just more time that we get to spend together,” Shannon said. “We just try to have fun with it.”