Boys Swimming: Millburn Takes Third at SEC; Looks Ahead to States

Coach Mike Foglyano (middle) flanked by senior co-captains Evan Ng, Henry Chen, Ethan Muhlon and Teddy Maguire, left to right. (Co-captain Dan Silver not pictured) Credits: Avis Ng

Perth Amboy, NJ — The Millburn High School Boys Swim Team, led by Coach Mike Foglyano, continued its fantastic season as it earned third place (172 points) among 13 participating squads in the Super Essex Conference (SEC) Championships held at the Raritan Bay YMCA in Perth Amboy, New Jersey on January 15th.  Seton Hall Prep took the overall team crown with 382 points, with Montclair High School placing second with 187 points.

For the fifth consecutive year, Millburn started off fast with a Meet of Champions (MOC) time in the SEC’s first event, 200 Medley Relay, with an impressive second-place finish in 1:41.85 by the foursome of senior co-captain Evan Ng, senior Justin Mon, junior Eric Wang and sophomore Allen Zhu, which was narrowly eked out by Seton Hall Prep.

Eric Wang followed up that effort with a first-place finish, and MOC time, of 59.13 in the 100 Breast, a repeat performance of his convincing victory in last year’s SEC Championships. Evan Ng recorded second and fourth-place finishes in the 500 Free (4:53.01) and 100 Fly (54.82), respectively, earning an MOC time in the former.  And Senior co-captain Teddy Maguire earned fifth-place finishes in the 200 IM (2:06.25) and the 100 Fly (55.05).

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Additional point earners for top 12 finishes for the Millers, with event place and time, included:

  • 200 IM — Eric Wang (8th, 2:09.93), Aaron Damesek (12th, 2:13.41)
  • 50 Free — Allen Zhu (11th, 23.82)
  • 100 Fly — Aaron Damesek (12th, 59.31)
  • 100 Free — Allen Zhu (6th, 52.54)
  • 500 Free — Ethan Muhlon (8th, 5:15.53)
  • 200 Free Relay — Allen Zhu, Aaron Damesek, Henry Chen, Teddy Maguire (2nd, 1:35.88)
  • 100 Back — Justin Mon (6th, 59.50)
  • 100 Breast — Ethan Muhlon (8th, 1:05.74) 
  • 400 Free Relay — Teddy Maguire, James Chen, Eric Wang, Evan Ng (4th, 3:30.72)

In regular season action, Millburn cruised to head-to-head wins against conference rivals Mount Kimberley Academy (MKA) and Livingston.

The Millers won 10 of 11 events in a 123-41 dominating victory over MKA on January 9 as senior co-captains Teddy Maguire and Ethan Muhlon led the way as each finished first in their four respective events. Maguire cruised to victory in the 200 Free (2:01.87) and 200 IM (2:13.41) while Muhlon coasted to wins in the 500 Free (5:30.33) and 100 Breast (1:09.13).  Maguire and Muhlon teamed with senior co-captain Henry Chen and sophomore Allen Zhu to take the 400 Free Relay in 3:46.39.  Maguire was also a part of the winning 200 Free Relay with senior Bud Powar, Henry Chen, and Allen Zhu, while Muhlon partnered with Zhu, Chen and senior Justin Mon, Zhu in the victorious 200 Medley Relay team.  Zhu (50 Free, 24.08), Chen (100 Free, 54.62), and Mon (100 Back, 1:04.34) were winners of their respective events.

In their 102-68 rout of the Livingston Lancers at Newark Academy on January 18, the Millers swept all 11 events and topped 100 points for the sixth time in eight regular season wins this year.  

Senior co-captain Evan Ng, junior Eric Wang and sophomore Allen Zhu raced to victories in their respective events. Ng eased to wins in the 200 Free (1:52.84) and 500 Free (4:59.84) and Wang took in first in the 200 IM (2:07.47) and 100 Breast (1:01.34) while Zhu sprinted to victory in the 50 Free (23.43) and 100 Free (53.10). Ng teamed with senior co-captains Henry Chen and Ethan Muhlon and senior Justin Mon to take the 200 Medley Relay in 1:46.72, and Wang and Chen led the 200 Free Relay foursome with sophomore Aaron Damesek and senior co-captain Teddy Maguire to victory (1:38.40).  And to cap off the sweep, Maguire, Wang, Ng and Muhlon partnered to take the 400 Free Relay in 3:46.22 in the meet’s final event. Maguire (100 Fly, 56.25) and Mon (100 Back, 59.50) were winners of their respective individual events.

With their resounding wins, Millburn has compiled yet another impressive campaign and now stands at 8-2 on the season led by a strong senior class, which has won 35 of its last 42 head-to-head regular season matchups over the past four seasons, and key returning swimmers.  Hoping to continue its success, the Miller squad faces upcoming tests against West Orange (January 26) and Columbia (January 30) as it looks to make waves heading into the NJSIAA State tournament.

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