WARREN, NJ - Despite suffering a 97-73 loss to Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in the season home opener, Head Coach David Closs expressed great pleasure with GL boys swimming Tuesday evening.
It’s a brand new team in many ways, yet the men put a good show on against this highly ranked (top 20) team. “We had a bunch of new boys who came out and really contributed nicely to the team. They did really, really well,” said Closs. Led off by senior captain Dylan Wallace, the team has started the season incredibly well, with noteworthy swims from freshman rookies Andrew Rampaul-Pino and Thomas Sartorio.
A promising 200 Medley Relay (David Martinez, Andrew Rampaul-Pino, Chris Rampaul-Pino, Rafe Barnum) opened the meet with 2nd place, followed by Wallace taking a 2nd place for the 200 Free and Sartorio taking 3rd. 1st place was captured by Martinez in the 200 IM, followed by team mate Andrew Rampaul-Pino in 3rd. Aidan Forrester captured 3rd place in the 50 Free, and Chris Rampaul-Pino grabbed 2nd in the 100 Fly. Wallace returned with a 1st place in the 100 Free, while Andrew Rampaul-Pino took 1st place in the 500 Free with Aidan Forrester taking 3rd. A 200 Free Relay garnered 2nd place (Dylan Wallace, Chris Rampaul-Pino, Alex Moon, Thomas Sartorio). Martinez shot back to a 1st place in the 100 Back, after which Chris Rampaul-Pino pulled out a 3rd in the 100 Breast.
Rounding out the meet’s end was the 400 Free Relay team of Wallace, Andrew Rampaul-Pino, Sartorio and Martinez in 1st place, and Noam Rotenberg, Forrester, Moon and Barnum in 3rd.
While there may be a few hiccups that need to be smoothed out, overall Coach Closs feels the GL Men lost on a good note to a quality team. He’s looking ahead to a great season.
Up next, the Gov. Livingston boys swim team will be back in the pool against Elizabeth at Dunn Sports Center on Thursday with a 4:30 p.m. start.