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For Third Straight Year, Boys' and Girls' Swim Teams Sweep Prep A Championships
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Collecting their third—yes third— team trophy in six days, the Boys' Varsity Swim Team celebrated yet another victory on Tuesday night, this time winning the NJISAA Prep A Championships for the fourth consecutive year. A day later, the girls' team followed suit, securing their fourth consecutive Prep title. Indeed, the Big Blue swim program continues to impress this season.

Dismissing any question of their continued dominance this season, the undefeated, #1-ranked team won Preps by more than 100 points, ahead of Lawrenceville. Sweeping all three relay events (200 medley, 200 free, and 400 free), the team also captured three individual titles. Leighton Mayers '19 won the 100 backstroke (51.90), and sophomore Matt Fallon won both the 200 IM (1:54.48) and, in a new meet record, the 100 breaststroke (54.95).

"We're very fortunate this year to have a lot of depth," Head Coach Steve Droste P '25 told an NJ.com reporter after the meet. "Pretty much across the board we go three or four deep in every event. It's a big advantage for us. I was very happy, we had a nice performance."

Just days earlier, the boys' team also blazed its way to victory in a combined Somerset County/Skyland Conference Championship. There, they finished first in seven of the day's 11 events. Most notably, in the 100 breaststroke, Matt—who has yet to lose a race this season—won by nearly six seconds (54.66), breaking a school record set by one of his idols, former Pingry standout Nic Fink '11. He also set new conference, county, and pool records.

Named NJ.com's Swim Team of the Year last winter for an equally triumphant season, will a 12th straight NJSIAA Non-Public B State title be in the cards for Big Blue? The semifinals (they earned byes in the first two rounds) are scheduled for February 18 at the Raritan Bay Area YMCA—stay tuned!

—> For complete results and additional photos, read the NJ.com articles about Preps and the Skyland Conference/Somerset County Championships.  



Not to be overshadowed, the Girls' Varsity Swim Team—currently ranked #2 among Non-Public A schools—is also having a stellar season. Darlene Fung '19 captured two individual titles, winning both the 50 free (23.72) and 100 butterfly (56.98). She also helped the 200-freestyle relay team, including Grace O'Mara, Martha Lewand, and Maureen Schwarz, to a victory. Freshman Abby DiGiorgio won the 100 breaststroke in 1:07.17. 

Before to their Prep A victory, they were a force to behold at the Skyland Conference/Somerset County Championships last weekend. Fielding only 18 swimmers compared to #1 ranked Bridgewater-Raritan's 60, the team gritted its way to an impressive second-place, their highest finish in recent years.

Darlene Fung '19 won both the 50 free (23.99) and the 100 fly (55.85). She also anchored the 200-free relay and, with teammates Grace O'Mara '19, Maureen Schwarz '22, and Martha Lewand '20, won the event (139.40). Abby DiGiorgio '22 took second in the 100-breaststroke (107.02).

"I give special credit to our senior class, who have been excellent leaders. They have an intensity and focus that brings everyone together to swim fast," remarked Head Coach Deirdre O'Mara. "Also, my freshmen girls have been huge additions this year. Abby's and Aditi's [Tavan] breastroke in the back half of every meet this season has been huge for us. Kimberly Wang '22 has been grabbing points in backstroke too! Maureen has been a very versatile member of the team as well. . . Julia Saksena '22 has become a player in the later half of the season too, with steady improvement in the freestyle events."

—> Read  NJ.com's articles on Preps and the Skyland Conference/Somerset County Championships for complete results.

 

Photos, top to bottom: Boys' Varsity Swim Team after winning the 2019 Skyland Conference and Somerset County Championships; the Girls' Varsity Swim Team after securing their third straight Prep A title. 

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