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Big Blue Beat: Boys' Varsity Swim Team

Meghan Durkin '21

Head Coach: Steve Droste P '25

Last season's highlights:
Last year, led by captains William Fallon '18 and Victor Vollbrechthausen '18—who are swimming for the University of Pennsylvania and Tufts, respectively, this year—the team defeated Oratory Prep, 138-32, to win their 11th consecutive NJSIAA Non-Public B state title, giving them the second-longest run of state titles of any high school swim program in the state. They also went undefeated in the regular season, and won the Skyland Conference, Somerset County, and Prep Championships, the second consecutive season that the team won all three major championships. At Meet of Champions, the team won three out of 11 events, and the 200 medley relay team of Sean Tan '18 (named Courier News Boys Swimmer of the Year), Kevin Ma '19, Leighton Mayers '19, and Matt Fallon '21 set a meet and school record in a blazing 1:32.49, earning them High School All-American status. On the heels of their strong season, the team was named's Boys Swim Team of the Year.

What to watch for this season:
• Under the leadership of captains Leighton Mayers '19 and Kevin Ma '19, this year's team hopes to repeat last year's success, and clinch a 12th state title, tieing them for the most consecutive state swim titles among New Jersey high schools.

• Big Blue will be looking to repeat their upset of Bridgewater-Raritan, one of their biggest rivals, again this year, and pull out another undefeated season.

• Although the team lost six seniors, which included some of their best talent, younger swimmers, especially underclassman, will look to step into key roles this season.

• Having lost only Sean Tan '18 to graduation (he is currently swimming for Williams College), the record-setting, All-American 200 medley relay team will be returning, and they look to improve on their record with a new butterflyer.

Full-court press:

"We hope to replace a strong senior class and have young swimmers take leadership positions"—Head Coach Steve Droste P '25

"While all of Pingry's teams have their own bonds, I think the boys' swim team has something very special. We go into every meet knowing what we need to do and going out and doing it. Personally, I just want to have fun, swim fast, and win."—captain Leighton Mayers '19

"I'm excited to see how the team will do as a whole because we graduated a very strong senior class last year. Despite this, I think that we are still a very good team and will continue to be in the future. Overall, we hope to continue our exceptional performance from last year and live up to the heightened expectations for the team."—captain Kevin Ma '19

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