LAWRENCE, NJ - Governor Livingston boys swim team's championship run came to an end on Monday losing, 98-72, to Lawrence in the NJSIAA Central Group C Semi-Finals on Monday.
“The boys did a super job. They had a tough job in facing a Lawrence squad that was fast, deep, and very talented," said Gov. Livingston head coach David Closs. "It could have been very easy to fold and let Lawrence walk away with a win. Instead, the boys came ready to defend their sectional title and pushed Lawrence to the very end of the meet. We did not lose the meet, Lawrence won.”
The Highlander 200 Medley Relay team of Ellis Sartorio, Chris Rampaul-Pino, David Martinez, and Duytam Vu opened up in 1st place with a time of 1:53.48. Dylan Wallace and Jimmy Pitingolo followed their lead by placing 2nd and 4th in the 200 Free. Continuing on, a 3rd/ 4th placement in the 200 IM was Martinez and Sartorio. Jason Paprocki and Vu took a 2/3 in the 50 Free.
Martinez fired back in 1st place in the 100 Fly (:59.68), with team mate Rampaul-Pino placing 4th. Sweeps of 2nd and 3rd place came to Paprocki and Pitingolo in the 100 Free, and to Wallace and Tony Ho in the 500 Free.
Another 1st place finish (1:43.44) in the 200 Free Relay came to Vu, Paprocki, Pitingolo, and Martinez, with a 4th place capture from Rafe Barnum, James Lenahan, Alan Du, and Wallace. Sartorio grabbed 2nd in the 100 Back and Bret O’Brien took 4th.
Rampaul-Pino made a come-back to 1st place in the 100 Breast (1:12.45). In the final push in the 400 Free Relay, Paprocki, Sartorio, Wallace and Pitingolo took 2nd, with Barnum, Du, O’Brien, and Rampaul-Pino placing 4th.
Closs is very pleased and impressed with the Highlander Men. “The boys team should be proud of winning two state meets and pushing the No. 1 seed all the way to the end before falling to a slightly better team," said Closs. "I want to particularly mention our outstanding senior class for their leadership and good swimming not only all season but for the past four years: Alan Du, Captain Bret O'Brien, Jason Paprocki, Captain Jimmy Pitingolo, Ellis Sartorio, Jack Siburn, Jon Wong, and Captain Duytam Vu were all outstanding today and all season long."
While the team portion of the season is over, Ellis Sartorio, Chris Rampaul-Pino, David Martinez, and Duytam Vu will be competing at MOC’s in early March. "We look forward to what should be some great swims down there," said Closs.