The Southern Regional boys and girls swim teams last week continued their dominance against not only Shore Conference Class A South division opponents but all regular-season rivals, again completing their regular seasons undefeated.
The girls’ 130-40 and boys’ 136-34 victories over Brick on Jan. 31 marked the fourth straight campaign in which both the boys and girls have accomplished the feat, each team finishing 9-0.
Head coach Bill Entrikin’s girls started with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay when Chloe Furlong, Sevanah Oravets, Julianna Marco and Bridget Little clocked a wining time of 2:07.67, before Isabella Wyckoff took first with a time of 2:18.35 to win the 200-yard freestyle. After Francesca Fields won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:24.29, Emma Mills won the 50-yard freestyle in 27.41 seconds, Oravets delivered first-place points in 1:03.56 during the 100-yard butterfly, and Shae Centanni won the 100-yard freestyle in 1:00.73.
Emily Kulinski continued the first-place onslaught with a time of 5:54.71 in the 500-yard freestyle, before Summer Watson, Payton Nork, Mills and Centanni captured first in the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:52.01. Following Furlong’s winning time of 1:22.78 in the 100-yard breaststroke, Field, Wyckoff, Marco and Kulinski finished off the Green Dragons with a first-place time of 4:12.23 in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
For the boys, Owen DiNapoli, Jusin Pollina, Silas Committee and Jack Delaney started things with a 1:57.07 to win the medley relay, followed by Jacob King’s 2:06.44 to win the 200 free and Jacob Werner’s 2:20.18 to take first place in the 200 IM. Delaney won the 50 free in 25.28 seconds, while Committee took first in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:04.82, and Sean Kahl won the 100 free in 54.15 seconds.
After Guy DeVita won the 500 free in 5:49.29, the foursome of Werner, Farnung Jason, Harrison Marti and Gianni Petti took the top spot in the 200 free relay in 1:48.40, Yaroslav Soria won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:11.17, and Sean Hanvey clocked a 1:16.07 to win the 100 breaststroke. Delaney, Kahl, Committee and Pollina capped the winning effort with a 3:48.16 to reign in the 400 free relay.
Fare Well in Shore Meet
With the season now at its peak time, the Southern girls entered this past weekend’s Shore Conference Championships with higher hopes than in previous years, and this time around ended up in eighth place as a team with 106 points, just behind seventh-place Middletown South (110½), sixth-place Central Regional (111) and fifth-place Shore Regional (119).
Southern’s highest finish against the Shore’s best was a fourth-place effort from the crew of Kulinski, Marco, Fields and Watson, who combined for a time of 1:57.63 to take fourth in the 200 medley relay. In the 400 free relay, Centanni, Mills, Kulinski and Fields zipped to a time of 3:52.38 to place fifth in the conference, and Fields also placed fifth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:08.76.
Oravets managed a ninth-place finish in the 200 free with a time of 2:01.03, while Kulinski ended up 11th in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:04.57, and the team of Centanni, Watson, Mills and Wyckoff swiped 11th in the 200 free relay in 1:48.15. Fields also scored 12th-place points with a 1:01.40 in the 100 butterfly, and Centanni (1:02.95) and Furlong (1:07.66) each touched the wall in 16th during the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, respectively.
The Southern boys finished 14th as a team with 44 points, right behind Point Pleasant Borough (52). The Barnegat boys finished with 8 1/3 points.
King and Werner were the highest individual finishers for the Rams, each taking 16th place in their respective events – King clocked a 5:27.90 in the 500 free, while Werner touched the wall in 1:02.05 in the 100 backstroke. In the relays, the crew of Werner, Delaney, Committee and Kahl finished eighth in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:36.60, while Werner, Committee, DeVita and Kahl took ninth in the medley relay in 1:49.53. Turner Ryon, King, Delaney and Soria placed 16th in the 400 free relay at 3:47.55.
For the Bengals, Christopher DeLeeuw placed 11th in the 500 free with a time of 5:27.38, while Tyler Finkle registered a time of 23.73 seconds to tie for 16th in the 50 free, and the team of Finkle, Ryan Grant, Christopher Schumann and DeLeeuw recorded a time of 3:42.40 to finish 14th in the 400 free relay.
Southern Boys’ Season
Ends in State Tourney
The Southern boys qualified for the NJSIAA South Jersey Group A tournament, but on Monday, Feb. 6, the season ended for the Rams, as fifth-seeded Eastern Regional won every event on its way to a 105-65, first-round victory.
King, Enzo Russino, DeVita and Delaney took second in the medley relay with a time of 1:52.17, while Werner grabbed second with a time of 2:03.78 in the 200 free, and DeVita swiped second in the 200 IM at 2:15.53. In the 50 free, Kahl posted a time of 24.01 seconds for second place.
After Kahl placed second in the 100 free at 54.22 seconds, Werner snagged third in the 500 free with a time of 6:00.12. Delaney, Committee, Kahl and Werner then combined for a time of 1:42.02 for second-place points in the 200 free relay. DeVita took second in the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.15, and Committee, Kahl, DeVita and Werner capped the Rams’ 9-1 season with a time of 3:56.43 in the 400 free relay.
— David Biggy
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