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Big Blue Beat: Boys' Varsity Swimming

By Dean Koenig '21

Head Coach: Steve Droste P '25

Highlights from last season:
The boys' swim team did not see a single loss last year under Head Coach Steve Droste P '25, capturing titles in the conference, county, Prep A, and NJSIAA Non-Public B tournaments. Their 12th straight state championship tied the all-time New Jersey record for most consecutive state titles. At the Meet of Champions, Pingry took first in all three relays, two of which were finished in all-American times. Matt Fallon '21 won the 200 IM race (1:48) and the 100 breaststroke race (54.38), finishing both in all-American times. His 100 breaststroke time was the fastest ever recorded by a high school swimmer in New Jersey. Leighton Mayers '19, who is now swimming for Bowdoin College, won the 100 backstroke (50:28) in his last swim for Big Blue before graduating.

What to watch for this season:

  • Matt looks to set more records as he comes off a summer in which he competed in Budapest, Hungary at the 2019 World Junior Championships. Fellow junior Jerry O'Mara '21 returns, having finished last season as an individual state finalist and member of two state championship relay teams.

  • Returning seniors include Will Stearns '20 and Reid McBoyle '20, also members of the state championship relays and this year's captains. Anthony Acciani '20 also returns as a Meet of Champions qualifier.

  • Freshmen and sophomores look to fill the gaps in the team left by the five graduated seniors, three of whom were recognized as all-American swimmers (Kevin Ma '19, Jon Chen '19, and Leighton Mayers '19). Roman Jones '23 begins his high school career with an impressive resumé in age-group swimming.

Full-court press:
"We are looking to continue a tradition of success and sportsmanship. I hope that every swimmer can continue to improve, that they become a unified team, and most importantly, they have fun." ––Head Coach Steve Droste P '25

Andrea Dawson, Senior Writer,