Chatham Girls Swim Team Breaks School Records at Meet of Champions

Coach DiGiacomo with Alicia Iizuka, Caroline Paulson, Emily Gorham, Margaret Harrigan, Jane Ewald, Hannah Womer, Karen Iizuka, Jackie Crater, Amy Duren, Nicole Tingley Credits: Stacey Ewald

SEWELL, NJ - Chatham High swimmers set a number of school records when 10 Lady Cougars competed in the NJSIAA Meet of Champions at Gloucester Tech on Feb. 27 and 28.

Over 100 teams and hundreds of swimmers, representing the top five percent of New Jersey high school swimmers, competed at the meet.

Chatham High School’s Hannah Womer placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:04.06, setting a new Chatham team record.  Womer, a sophomore, set a new Chatham record in the 200-yard individual medley preliminary races with a time of 2:06.25. She came in 6th in finals with a time of 2:07.96.

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The 200-yard freestyle relay of Margaret Harrigan, Emily Gorham, Nicole Tingley, and Hannah Womer placed sixth in finals with a time of 1:38.40, after breaking their own school record in prelims with a time of 1:37.84. The same relay team came in seventh in the 400-yard freestyle relay at 3:35.21.

Alicia Iizuka, junior, came in eighth in the 100-yard breast stroke with a time of 1:05.48.

Emily Gorham, junior, was 14th in the 200-yard freestyle with a 1:56.13. She placed 18th in the 100 fly at 58.52.

Jackie Crater, junior, placed 20th in the 100-yard backstroke in 58.91, a new record for the Chatham High School swim team. She also came in 21st in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:13.73.

The relay of Jackie Crater, Alicia Iizuka, Amy Duren, and Jane Ewald came in 21st in the 200-yard medley relay with 1:52.60

Nicole Tingley, sophomore, was 22nd in the 200-yard individual medley with a 2:12.18. She also came in 22nd in the 100-yard freestyle in 53.92.

Margaret Harrigan, junior, came in 30th in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:57.84.

Caroline Paulson, junior, qualified for the meet in the medley relay but she was unable to swim due to illness. Christina Barrett, senior, qualified in the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle but was unable to attend the meet.

The Chatham Girls Swim Team has a record of 103-1 over the past six years.

“We are extremely proud of our achievements this year,” Coach Frank DiGiacomo said. “We look forward to coming back next year to another great season.”


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