MAPLEWOOD, NJ - “As far as I can tell, this is the first time we've ever swept all 11 events in a meet,” said veteran West Orange High School head swim coach Marc Navata of his boys team's performance in a, 68-26, win over Columbia on Friday, Jan. 22, in Maplewood.
Competing in the four lane pool at CHS, the Sea Mountains squad not only finished first in all 11 of the 11 events, but garnered both first and second places in four of those fracases: the 200 individual medley, the 50 free, the 500 free and the 100 free.
Leading the locals was Nabeel Siraj, a senior co-captain who won the 100-yards butterfly, with a time of 1:02.44, and the 100 breaststroke at 1:13.80, while also keying the 200-yards medley and 200 free relays to victory.
In the medley relay, the foursome of junior Alex Choy (backstroke), Siraj (breaststroke), sophomore Jullian Charles (butterfly) and senior co-captain Corey Williams (freestyle) totaled a time of 1:56.35, with the 200 free relay quartet of Siraj, Charles, freshman Santiago Salinas and Williams combining for a winning time of 1:43.25.
The meet's third relay, the 400 free, saw the team of junior Jorge Alca, sophomore James Butcher, Choy and Salinas produce a first place showing of 4:05.15.
In addition, Charles won the 200 individual medley at 2:28.19 and finished second in the 100 free at :59.76, Butcher won the 500 free with a time of 5:51.72 and earned second place in the IM at 2:34.88, Choy finished first in backstroke at 1:07.28 and second in the 50 free (:25.75) and Alca earned second in the 500 free (2:24.40) and third in the 200 free (1:56.35).
“Our guys really came together and stepped it up in this meet, winning by more than forty points was just amazing,” said a celebrating Navata.
That effort left the locals at 3-5 on the season.
The Sea Mountains' two other wins so far this season came at Union, 90-75, on Dec. 18, and over homestanding West Essex Regional, 96-72, on Jan. 12, at the Caldwell Community Center.
Today, Friday, should see the WOHS boys aquatics team traveling to take on Montclair Kimberley Academy at 4 p.m., with a home waters clash against crosstown competitor Seton Hall Prep set for Monday afternoon, Feb. 1, at Rutgers-Newark.