Earning their second straight state sectional title is another notch in a successful season for Big Blue.
"No. 2 Pingry boys swimming proves its status. . ." read NJ.com's headline, following Big Blue's 119-51 win over the top-ranked Panthers, their longtime rival, on January 16. When the list is revised next week, Pingry—who is looking to clinch its 11th consecutive Non-Public "B" state title this season—is expected to sit at #1.
En route to its victory, the team swept 10 of the meet's 11 events, and posted 1-2 finishes in five of eight individual events. Big Blue also took the top three spots in the 200 IM and 500 freestyle. Among the victories, Kevin Ma '19 won the 50 freestyle, Dillon Shu '19 won the 100 butterfly, and Matt Fallon '21 won the 500 freestyle.
"This is absolutely amazing," senior co-captain Victor Vollbrechthausen '18 reported to NJ.com (he won the 100- and 200 freestyle). "For me, freshman year we lost, sophomore year we lost, junior year we lost, so for three years in a row we couldn't beat Bridgewater. Then, at the beginning of the year, we see that they're first and we're second, and we've been building up to this moment since then."
If the victory weren't sweet enough, the team also set three new school records during the meet:
• Senior Sean Tan's 2:05.16 broke the 200 IM record set in 2011 by Nic Fink '11, two-time Olympic Trials qualifier. His time was also a national high school record for meters.
• Sean, Leighton Mayers '19, Kevin Ma '19, and Matt Fallon '21 broke the record in the 200 medley relay, set in 2015, with a time of 1:44.59.
• Leighton reclaimed his 100 backstroke record, which teammate Sean broke last weekend, with a time of 56.81.
Combine this win with their January 13 triumph over Fairfield Prep, ranked #1 in Connecticut, and Big Blue is poised for another historic season.
Congratulations, Big Blue Swimming!
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