PERTH AMBOY, NJ - The boys swim team from Governor Livingston was beaten Tuesday night by Haddonfield 94-76 in the Public C State semifinals in Perth Amboy NJ.
The GL team has worked hard all year and gave another great effort. They found themselves on the wrong side of many close finishes. In the end, the school, the parents, and the community can be proud of this group of boys that finished as the number one boys swim team in school history securing the first state title in school history.
There were many close finishes tonight as GL took second and third in the opening medley relay. In the 200 freestyle, Dylan Wallace, who burst onto the scene this year for the Highlanders, placed second. He will be looked upon to be a leader next year as GL will graduate 9 seniors.
In the 200 IM, Matt Zarrelli finished second. Graduating this year, Zarelli will leave GL as the 5th highest point earner in school history. In the 50 freestyle, Killian Quinn, Jason Wong, and Jason Paprocki finished second, fourth, and fifth. Quinn, a senior, has the second fastest 50 freestyle time in GL history with a 21.97 and will look to better that in 10 days at the NJ Meet of Champions where he will compete against the best in the state.
As there will be a large group of swimmers graduating, there remains some big talent at GL in the lower grades. Freshman David Martinez used a tremendous final turn to overtake the Haddonfield swimmer on the final leg of the 100 Butterfly.
In the 500 freestyle, Jack O’Halloran gave the crowd a thrill as he rallied to make a close race at the end. His final 100 yards was spirited and left him just seven tenths short of a win after the Haddonfield swimmer had a two body length lead for most of the race. O'Halloran will also be attending the Meet of Champions, competing in this same event.
GL got their first win of the night in the 100 Backstroke when junior Ellis Sartorio led start to finish in a time of 55.30. O’Halloran finished in third and Brett O’Brien had his best time of the year by three seconds finishing in 1:01.88.
In the end, GL had an incredible run this year. They faced some of the state’s best teams including Westfield and Scotch Plains and finish as the Central Jersey Group C champions. Quinn and O’Halloran will swim individual events at the Meet of Champions. The Highlanders will also be represented by Wong, Paprocki, Duytam Vu and Declan Feely as part of the 200 Medley relay team and the 200 freestyle relay team at that meet.
Seniors graduating this year will be Zarrelli, Quinn, O’Halloran, Wong, Feely, Evan Wallace, Ian Tumulty, Andrew DelDuca and manager Austin Alfaro.