DEPTFORD TOWNSHIP, NJ - This past weekend, the Highlander boys swam in the Meet of Champions at Gloucester County Institute of Technology. Spirits were high as the boys were entered in all three relays (a GLHS first) and one additional individual event.
Summed up by Head Coach David Closs, “We had a bit of a wild weekend down at MOC's. To be perfectly honest, the girls struggled a bit on Saturday, so I was not sure how the boys would respond. All I can is wow! We sent six boys down to MOC's -- David Martinez, Chris Rampaul-Pino, Ethan Wong, Thomas Sartorio, Rafe Barnum and Andrew Rampaul-Pino. The boys responded spectacularly."
Andrew Rampaul-Pino had a really fine swim in his individual 200 Free, said Closs. The boys 200 and 400 free relays finished just outside the top 16.
"But no doubt, the highlight of the weekend was the boys 200 Medley Relay," said Closs. On Saturday Martinez, Chris Rampaul-Pino, Wong, and Sartorio broke a huge barrier and went under 1:40 in the 200 Medley to set a new school record in the Medley Relay with a time of 1:39.60 -- qualifying for Sunday's finals.
On Sunday, Barnum swam in place of Sartorio who had a conflict. "The boys came up huge. David, Chris, Ethan, and Rafe all improved on their swims and once again broke the school record in a time of 1:39.41 and finished in a fantastic 11th place finish overall."
Closs was particularly happy and proud of Martinez and Chris Rampaul-Pino. "They are both seniors and captains who got their first top 16 finish at MOC's and finished with the best swims of their careers. What a day!" he said.