SEWELL, NJ -- Saint Joseph High School (Metuchen) took two Top 10 placements in the Finals of the NJSIAA Meet of Champions at Gloucester County Institute of Technology on Sunday, March 1. 

Sophomore Darien Betances finished 10th in the Boys 50 Yard Freestyle with a time of 21.65. Jack Alexy of Delbarton set a new Meet of Champions record by swimming the 50 Free in 20.08. 

The Falcons finished the Boys 400 Yard Freestyle Relay in 3:13.93, good for 10th place in a very fast field. Will Barnett, a junior from Fanwood, led off and finished his 100 in 49.26. Senior CJ Talerico swam his leg in 49.60, Darien Betances completed the third 100 in 48.11, and sophomore Tyler Knurek anchored the race and posted a 46.96.

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Other Falcons swimmers who competed in the Meet of Champions were Dan BadawayBen Lockey, Marco Niro, and Richard Park, who all competed in the 100 Freestyle.

It was a fine ending for Saint Joseph (Metuchen), which won its 42nd consecutive Middlesex County Championship on Feb. 3, 2020. The team's season ended with a one-point loss to Bergen Catholic, 86-85, on Feb. 11 in the NJSIAA Non-Public, Group A Tournament quarterfinal round.

Saint Joseph High School is a private, Catholic all-boys college preparatory school located on 70 acres in Metuchen, NJ. The mission of Saint Joseph High School is to cultivate a desire for life-long learning, nurture the integration of faith and academic inquiry, and instill values of integrity and compassion in the tradition of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. The school draws students from a wide geographic area encompassing over 40 school districts and over 75 grammar schools in Middlesex, Somerset, and Union Counties, as well as outlying areas. To learn more, call (732) 549-7600, email, or visit