BRHS Boys Swim Team Advances to State Finals Against Cherry Hill East


DEPTFORD TOWNSHIP, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan High School boys varsity swim team is headed to the NJSIAA Public A Tournament finals after defeating Passaic Tech, 126-44, in the semifinals Wednesday.

The team will face Cherry Hill East in the finals Sunday at The College of New Jersey.

"Coming into this year, the boys have been focused on getting back to the state championship," said coach Sean Foley. "They have worked hard to earn the top seed and a shot at winning a title. To come so close last year has really been a great motivating factor leading into this year."

Sign Up for E-News

In the semifinals, BRHS's Carter Weiland led the team with wins in the 200-yard freestyle and the 100 free, and was also part of the first-place winning 200 free relay team with Charles Hewitt Chris Ruhnke and Sean Doran, and the first-place winning 400 free relay team with Mark Rydberg, Hewitt and Doran.

In addition, Ruhnke, Doran, Trent Russano and Ryan Bugianesi had a win in the 200 medley relay, and Bugianesi took the win in the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly. Ruhnke also placed first in the 50 free and the 100 breaststroke.

BRHS's Michael Man took the win in the 500 freestyle, and Russano won the 100 backstroke.

Sunday will mark the team's attempt at its first state title since winning in 2011. They will face defending champion Cherry Hill East.

As they prepare, Foley said, the advice he is giving the swimmers is no different than the advice he has been giving all year.

"We have preached all year that we are a Band of Brothers, and we all need to go out there and beat the guy next to you for your brother, and leave nothing back, to empty the tank so to speak," he said.

BRHS goes into the finals with a 11-1 record on the season.

Foley said some of the standout moments of the year have been the team's win over CBA for the first time in the program's history, as well as a defeat of rival Westfield in the state sectionals.

Foley said it is always a privilege and honor to coach the team.

"As in almost every year, it is a privilege and honor to be able to help a great bunch of young men achieve success, and to realize dreams is the reason I am coach," he said.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Upcoming Events

Wed, April 25

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Les Photos de Bernie at the Wayrick ...

Arts & Entertainment Green

Thu, April 26

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Les Photos de Bernie at the Wayrick ...

Arts & Entertainment Green

Thu, April 26, 12:00 PM

Congregation Knesseth Israel, Bound Brook

4 Day Gala Rummage Sale


New Jersey Association of School Librarians Urges BRRSD to Keep All Librarians

April 18, 2018

To the Editor:

The following letter was sent to the Bridgewater-Raritan school superintendent as well as members of the school board from the New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL).  

As the statewide organization for school library media specialists, the organization advocates for strong school library programs for all students.  NJASL is disheartened to learn that a ...

Car Fire in Wendy's Parking Lot Deemed Not Suspicious, Bridgewater Police Say

April 20, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police responded to a car fire in the parking lot of Wendy's, on Route 22 East April 9, but the fire was not deemed suspicious, according to a report.

According to the report, an unoccupied 2003 Infinity G35 caught fire. A 2010 Honda CRV, which was parked next to it, was also damaged in the fire.

North Branch and Green Knoll fire both ...

BAM Desserts Visits SCVTHS Culinary Arts Program

April 22, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Melissa Jenkins, one of the owners of BAM Desserts in Somerset, and Chef Liz Hernandez visited the Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School (SCVTHS) culinary arts classes this week in hopes to recruit students for the growing bakery. 

Jenkins and Hernandez were looking for reliable students who were willing to learn new skills, get workplace ...

Whitehouse Wind Symphony Presents Free Concert in Somerville

April 22, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Whitehouse Wind Symphony, a community band under the direction of Branchburg resident James P. Sheeley, Jr., will present a free concert on Sunday, April 29th at 3 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 158 West High St.

The concert will feature a wide range of selections from wind band literature both new and old, such as the overture to “Die Frau ...

'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse


MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and ...

Bateman Bill to Require Training, Licensing for Pet Groomers

April 15, 2018

TRENTON, NJ - Sen. Christopher "Kip" Bateman (R-16) will introduce legislation to increase protections for family pets by requiring pet groomers to be properly trained and licensed following the deaths of three dogs in five months at different New Jersey pet salons.

“It is sadly far too common for us to read of dog grooming deaths in the news,” said Bateman.