EWING, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan High School girls varsity swim team took its third straight state title, defeating Cherry Hill East, 110-60, in the Public A finals Saturday morning at The College of New Jersey.
The team ends the season with an undefeated 13-0 record.
"The girls swam an amazing season," coach Christopher Levin said. "Cherry Hill East has a very strong team, and they are especially strong in the first few events. The meet was tied up after the third event, so I was proud of my girls for staying focused, excited and composed."
Levin said the girls left it all in the pool during the meet, leading them to walk away with another state title.
Bridgewater-Raritan won seven events total in the meet. Grace Palfreyman took the 200 freestyle; Sarah Pacelli took the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle; Chynna Walsh won the 100 butterfly; and Megan Wojnar won the 500 freestyle.
For relays, Bridgewater-Raritan took the 400 freestyle relay with the team of Alyssa Cahill, Gianna Moscetti, Palfreyman and Kinsey Rushevics; and the 200 freestyle relay with the team of Cahill, Katie Cooper, Hannah Lesser and Pacelli.
"One of the main focal points we had for this meet was swimming and winning for each other," Levin said. "When it comes to state finals, I remind the girls, their times mean nothing. It's all about going out there, beating the girl next to you and leaving it all in the pool, so that when you look back on the meet, and season, you know in your heart that you gave it everything you had."
Levin said he promised the team that as long as they did that, there was no way they could lose.
"The girls really took that to heart, and swam the fastest meet in school history," he said. "I could not be more proud of the dedication and sacrifice each and every one of them has shown each and every day this year."
Cooper, a senior captain, said she was so proud of the accomplishment.
"This season has been truly remarkable," she said. "Each year, our team has been able to accomplish something greater than the previous year. High school swimming has been such an amazing experience, and has taught me so much over the past four years. I wouldn't trade it for anything."
— Photos by Frank Visconti