WESTFIELD, NJ — It was a big win Thursday for the Westfield High School boys swim team, as they proved their state championship caliber level of play against the Elizabeth Minutemen at the Westfield Area YMCA pool.
Jumping first off the starting blocks for the Blue Devils was Luke Mizus, who place first out of lane 5 with a time of 1:02.62 in the 100 Butterfly
Next up in the 100 Freestyle was Cooper Preito, whose time 53.16 was good for a first place finish.
“I think the team did well today,” senior leader Jack Edmondson said. “Coach got to test out different swimmers in different spots and saw some fast times.”
Westfield continued to show their speed and depth in the other individual events. Teddy Diamantopolous won the 200 Free, Zach Youssef won the 100 Back, Jack Cifelli won the 100 Breast, Matt Barmarkian won the 50 Free, and Edmondson won the 200 Individual Medlay.
Elizabeth picked up their sole first place finish of the day in the individual 500 Free performance of Alfredo Rojas, who beat his competition by almost a full pool’s length with a time of 5:39.74.
“The 200 IM was an important race for me today because I don't really swim it that often and it gave me a great opportunity to see how fast I could go,” Edmondson said. “I was happy with my swim but looking back, it showed me what I need to work on in practice. In the relay, I just wanted to go out strong and make sure I did my part in securing the victory.”
Junior Matt Barmarkian was also satisfied and with his performance and the efforts of other underclassmen.
“Although Elizabeth is not one of our most dangerous competitors, this meet gives some kids a chance to step up and display that they can contribute as well, who may not have a chance in bigger meets to swim,” Barmarkian said. “Overall, meets like these give younger swimmers a chance to prove themselves, and truly shows why we continue to reign as the No. 1 team in the state: not simply due to a few studs but a combined team effort thanks to our incredible depth.”
Beyond the individual performances, the Blue Devils swept the team relay contests.
Jeremy Kronheimer, Cooper Priteto, Jack Cifelli, and Zach Youssef finished first in the 200 Medlay Relay. Tim McGann, Cooper Prieto, Connor Heffernan, and Jonathan Stiles stepped up next with a win in the 200 Free. Finally, Joe Chen, Teddy Diamantopolous, Tomas Moore, and Jack Edmondson finished off the meet with a win in the 400 Free.
“I think we can win another state title because we have depth,” Edmonson said. “We have young swimmers who showed us at Bridgewater and Scotch Plains that they can win crucial points in a tight event. We just need to continue to work hard and take it meet by meet.”
The Blue Devils boys will next take on arch-rival and state championship content Christian Brothers Academy on Jan. 11.