WARREN, NJ - Tonight in Warren, the Governor Livingston Highlander boys swim team lost to #8 ranked Scotch Plains, 91-79. On a night that saw the seniors being honored, the GL boys put up a strong effort losing in the end to the perennial power.
After a solid second and third finish in the opening relay, Dylan Wallace placed second in the 200 freestyle. In the 200 IM Matt Zarrelli placed second leaving the Highlanders down early, 29-17. In the 50 freestyle, Killian Quinn, Jason Wong, and Jason Paprocki placed 2, 3, and 4 for the home team. Senior Declan Feely placed second in the 100 yard butterfly in a time of 57.26. In the 100 freestyle, Wong again placed second in a time of 51.57. In the 500 freestyle, seniors Jack O’Halloran and Zarrelli finished second and third keeping the Highlanders in striking distance of the Raiders from Scotch Plains.
The GL boys could not narrow the margin any more than 12 points with several more second and third place finishes. The breakthrough finally came in the 100 breaststroke with freshman Chris Rampaul-Pino winning in a time of 1:08.08. The late charge continued with GL taking first and second place in the 400 freestyle relay. The quartet of Wong, O’Halloran, Paprocki, and Zarrelli won the event with a time of 3:40.68.
GL finished the year with a 6-3 record. Two of the losses came to state #1 Westfield and tonight against #8 Scotch Plains. The boys team seniors who were honored tonight were Evan Wallace, Wong, O’Halloran, Feely, Ian Tumulty, Austin Alfaro (manager), and Tri-Captains Quinn, Andrew DelDuca, and Zarrelli.
These seniors have led GL all year and are looking to help secure the first state title in Governor Livingston men’s swimming history. It will be a long and difficult road and with the senior leadership, GL is primed for a run in the playoffs.