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June 2, 2018, National Cancer Survivors Day, was a day of hope, as well as a celebratory occasion on which Pingry students were recognized with the Spirit of Courage Award from the Cancer Support Community of Central New Jersey.

Matt Fallon '21 Sets Two New Meet Records at YMCA National Championships
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After a standout freshman season on the Boys' Varsity Swim Team that most seniors would be envious of—during which he helped Big Blue to its 11th straight state title and earned All-American status along the way—Matt Fallon '21 notched two more achievements in the pool.
 
At the 2018 YMCA Long Course National Championships, held at the University of Maryland last week, he set a new meet record of 2:14.55 in the 200 meter breaststroke, improving his previous PR by more than five seconds. A day later, he swam 4:25.27 to negative split in the 400 individual medley, setting another meet record and PR. Matt, who swims for the Somerset Valley YMCA, competed in a total of five individual events, winning four and placing second in one.

Notably, Matt's best event, the 200 breaststroke, is the same as that of U.S. National Team Member and two-time Olympic Trials Qualifier Nic Fink, Class of 2011, who also made his mark in Beinecke Pool.    

Several of Matt's Big Blue teammates also competed in the National Championships: Matt's brother Billy '18, was a member of the winning 4x200 freestyle relay; Leighton Mayers '19 placed second in the 50 backstroke; and Darlene Fung '19, a member of the Girls' Varsity Swim Team, won the 50 meter freestyle national title (26.31) and placed second in the 50 meter butterfly. Victor Vollbrechthausen '18, Allie Riddell '19, Reid McBoyle '20, Will Stearns '20, Joe Castagno '21, and Dillon Shu '19 also competed.

Congratulations to all Big Blue swimmers who competed in the national championships!

Contact: Andrea Dawson, Senior Writer, adawson@pingry.org