WARREN, NJ - Having a bye in the first round of the NJSIAA North 2, Group C Championships, Gov. Livingston boys swim team hosted Caldwell in their first state match up in the second round on Thursday. The Highlanders defeated Caldwell, 109-61.
Riding on the momentum from Union County Championships, Head Coach David Closs’ athletes showed hard core determination at the start of what they hope will continue further into the tournament season.
They threw down a season best and just missed the MOC cut on the 200 Medley Relay. With such a close miss, the boys rallied. The 200 Free Relay team of David Martinez, Dylan Wallace, Andrew Rampaul-Pino, and Thomas Sartorio scored first place and a cut for the upcoming MOCs.
Coach Closs feels everyone showed up and swam good, smart races, for a dynamite win. In every relay he saw best times from the boys. He's especially pleased with a milestone breakthrough for Jon Sternberg, who broke one minute in his 100 Free in the relay. "That was a big one for him. Thomas Sartorio also had an excellent meet all around; his 50 Free as well as and all his relay splits were great - to add up to four really good swims today."
Coach Closs acknowledges the upcoming meet against Bernards may be a challenge. However, with a few minor tweaks, he is very hopeful the Highlander boys team will continue to have exceptional swims. The Highlanders face off against Bernards this coming Monday, February 11 at the Somerset Hills YMCA.
GL vs Caldwell Meet Results:
- 200 Medley Relay -- 1st place: David Martinez, Chris Rampaul-Pino, Andrew Rampaul-Pino, Thomas Sartorio; 3rd place: Zion Tseng, Ryder Zimmerman, Aidan Forrester, Jon Sternberg
- 200 Free -- 1st place: Dylan Wallace; 2nd place: Alex Moon
- 200 IM -- 1st place: Andrew Rampaul-Pino; 3rd place: Aidan Forrester
- 50 Free -- 2nd place: Thomas Sartorio
- 100 Fly --1st place: David Martinez; 2nd place: Chris Rampaul-Pino
- 100 Free -- 2nd place: Dylan Wallace; 3rd place: Thomas Sartorio
- 500 Free -- 1st place: Andrew Rampaul-Pino; 2nd place: Aidan Forrester
- 200 Free Relay -- 1st place: David Martinez, Dylan Wallace, Andrew Rampaul-Pino, Thomas Sartorio; 3rd place: Ryder Zimmerman, James Lenahan, Noam Rotenberg, Alex Moon
- 100 Back -- 1st place: David Martinez; 3rd place: Jon Sternberg
- 100 Breaststroke -- 2nd place: Chris Rampaul-Pino; 3rd place: Ryder Zimmerman
- 400 Free Relay -- 1st place: Dylan Wallace, Aidan Forrester, Jon Sternberg, Chris Rampaul-Pino; 3rd place: Alex Moon, James Lenahan, Noam Rotenberg, Zion Tseng