The boys’ and girls’ swim teams did not let a change in plans deter their performances at the Skyland Conference Championships, as the meet was rescheduled from Saturday to Monday, January 20, due to snowy weather.
Members from both swim squads saw multiple season and personal best times throughout the meet. Overall, the girls’ team finished 11th out of 18 teams, while the boys’ team finished 13th out of 17 teams.
Becca Michaels ‘20 was the only individual point scorer for GSB, placing 10th in a loaded 200 freestyle event (2:01.54) and took 7th in the 100 backstroke (1:00.69). Maddie Soultanian ‘22 went personal best times in the 50 (26.45) and 100 (58.57) freestyles, tying for 18th in the 50 and taking 16th in the 100.
Annie Chowansky ‘22 continued to drop time, taking two seconds off her 100 fly time and finished 27th overall, and Caroline Grant took four seconds off her 500 freestyle time to break the 7-minute mark for the first-time ever and finish 25th overall. The 200 Freestyle relay team of Michaels, Maddie, Olivia Soultanian ‘22, and Laura Howard ‘21 had an incredible 9th-place finish and was only .35 off the school record. That same lineup took 10th in the 400 Freestyle Relay, with by far the fastest time of the season.
Meanwhile, the boys’ saw a record-breaking performance from Jonathan Osma ’20, as he re-broke his own record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:04.94 and had GSB’s highest finish of the day, taking 20th overall. Rob Brandl ’20 also had an impressive swim, going a personal-best time of 1:03.37 to grab 21st overall. The 200 Medley and Freestyle relays of Osma, Brandl, Adrian Massuet ‘20, and Jake Baber ‘21 finished in the top-12 to score us points.
The Knights’ next championship meet will be the Somerset County Championships on Saturday, January 25.
Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a rigorous, meaningful, and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.