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Meet the seven Pingry seniors—equally committed in the classroom as they are in their sport—who earned this year's conference, county, Prep, and state honors. 

Big Blue Beat: Girls' Varsity Swimming

By Madeline Skapper '20

Head Coach: Deirdre O'Mara P '17, '19, '21

Last season's highlights: The 2018-19 Girls' Varsity Swim Team, led by captains Darlene Fung '19—who is swimming for Harvard University—and Grace O'Mara '19, had a successful season, finishing with a 6-3 dual meet record. The team performed well at championship meets with a win at the Prep A Championship for the fourth consecutive year and a second-place finish at the Skyland Conference/Somerset County Championships. For the first time in recent years, the team advanced to the finals of NJSIAA Non-Public A State Championship and placed second, finishing with the sectional title.

What to watch for this season:

  • Led by captains Martha Lewand '20, Emily Sanchez '20, and Madeline Skapper '20, the team is looking forward to the season. 

  • Practices began on November 11 and the first meet is scheduled for December 5 against Watchung Hills at Pingry.

  • The team is looking to defend its Prep A Championship title at Lawrenceville on February 5. 

  • The addition of nine freshmen and three new members from the sophomore and junior classes—the largest number of new swimmers in recent years—will bolster the team's depth across events and relays this season.

Full-court press:
"We have a lot of new freshmen this year and I am very excited to see their contributions! We are focused on the Prep Championships as our big meet this season."—Head Coach Deirdre O'Mara

Contact: Andrea Dawson, Senior Writer,