The Pingry girls’ swim team notched an unexpected but hoped for upset on February 6 in the NJISAA Prep "A" State Championships with a 215-199 defeat of Lawrenceville. This huge Big Blue win ended Lawrenceville’s hopes for a fourth consecutive state prep title. It marked Pingry’s fourth overall state prep crown in girls’ swimming—and the program’s first since 1999.
It is also the first time since 1998 that the Pingry boys' and girls' swim teams have won the NJISAA Prep State Championship in the same year.
The Pingry win was a complete team effort that resulted from key contributions and fast swims from the entire lineup. The team won just four of the eleven meet events, but solid performances in every race contributed the valuable points Pingry needed for the win. Big Blue Head Coach Judy Lee summed up the state prep championship victory best by saying, “I can’t stop smiling!”
Pingry grabbed the meet lead after four events and never looked back thanks to a key victory by Morgan Burke ’13 in the 50-yard freestyle. She touched the wall in 24.48 to register a dramatic .03 win over her Lawrenceville competitor. Freshman Ingrid Shu ’16 also won an individual state prep title with her victory in the 100-yard freestyle. Her time of 51.26 broke the previous meet record time of 51.34.
In addition to these two individual state titles, Pingry also registered victories in two of the three relays. In the 200-yard freestyle relay, the Big Blue lineup of Ingrid Shu ’16, Christina Ou ’15, Hollie Hopf ’16, and Morgan Burke ’13 combined for a time of 1:39.40. In the 400-yard freestyle relay, the Pingry team of Ingrid Shu ’16, Christina Ou ’15, Sara Gagnon ’14, and Morgan Burke ’13 touched the wall in a jaw-dropping time of 3:33.73. Their relay time not only shattered the former meet record of 3:37.35, but it also broke a 32-year old pool record for Lawrenceville’s Lavino Field House.
Freshman Ingrid Shu ’16 was named the meet's Most Valuable Swimmer for the "A" Division because of her leadoff role in these two freestyle relay wins as well as her individual title in the 100-yard freestyle.
Congratulations to Coach Lee and the entire team on their state prep championship—Go Big Blue Swimming!
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