RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph Rams boys swim team has done it again. For the second time in the school’s history, the boys swim team won the NJSIAA North Group B Sectional Champions.
The team took the title, their second straight, against Roxbury on Thursday; an exceptional feat that was deemed unlikely at the beginning of the season.
Being nearly undefeated the entire season, the team knew Roxbury would be a difficult matchup after the Rams defeated them a week earlier by only a few points. The championship meet was neck and neck the entire time, but thanks to a few key swimmers, Randolph was able to once again pull ahead by just a few points to win the title.
Senior Brian Hermes paced the team by taking 1st place in both the 50 free and the 100 free. Many other swimmers contributed to the success of the team, including sophomore Josh Zitomer (200 IM and 100 fly), junior Jake Wagener (100 breast), junior Robbie Rieger (100 back), and freshman Andrew Matjucha (200 free and 500 free).
Earlier in the season, it was unclear whether the boys would be able to pull off the same success as last year without the sophomore prodigy Vinny Marciano who dominated in unprecedented fashsion as a freshman. However, with some great freshmen additions and the drive to win, the team was able to relive last year’s success. Coaches Linda Poppy, Kyle Plucinsky, and Krystal Hoffman lead the team to victory last year, and the suddenly unbeatable trio did it once again to earn back to back championships.
Becoming Sectional Champions brings the swim season almost to a close. The swimmers had practiced Monday through Friday after school as well as Saturday since the beginning of November, and have experienced a hard fought and well-deserved win. For the seniors, it is a rewarding way to say goodbye going out as champions, and for the underclassmen, it is a start to a new era of swimming success.