Swim Teams Compete on Championship Saturday

The boys’ and girls’ swim teams competed in both the Skyland Conference and Somerset County championships on February 2. Traditionally, the two championships are held on different weekends, but due to weather concerns, the conference meet had to be rescheduled for the same day as the county meet.
 
On the girls' side, the Knights took 12th out of 18 teams in the Conference standings while taking ninth out of 12 teams in the county standings. Their 42 points in the county meet were by far the most Gill has ever scored. The boys took 13th out of 16 teams in the Skylands standings and finished 11th out of 12 teams in the county.
 
Highlights from the day included Rebecca Michaels ‘20 taking sixth overall (conference and county) in the 50 freestyle with a blazing fast time of 24.85, marking her second Meet of Champions qualifying time. Also, Maddie Soultanian ‘22 claimed 11th place in 100 freestyle in the county standings and is only the second girl ever to record individual points at counties. For relays, the team of Maddie, Olivia Soultanian ‘22, Laura Howard ‘21, and Michaels claimed 10th in the conference and eighth in the county in both the 200 (1:50.38) and 400 (4:00.82) freestyle relays, both school records. The boys' relays were also equally impressive as the team of Robert Brandl ‘20, Gabe Myler ‘19, Preston Reep ‘19, and Christian Ernst ‘19 claimed 10th in the conference and eighth in the county in both the 200 (1:38.30) and 400 (3:43.69) freestyle relays, both school records.
 
Other Results:
Boys 200 Freestyle
Evan Matthews ‘20 (2:30.93, PR by 7 seconds)
Gabe Myler (2:21.54, PR by 6 seconds)
Robert Brandl (2:01,79, PR by 3 seconds, 23 in conference, 19 in county)
 
Boys 50 Freestyle
Preston Reep (24.47, PR by .50 seconds in an official time, 25 in conference, 19 in county)
Christian Ernst (24.14, PR by .50 seconds in an official time, 21 in conference, 16 in county)
 
Boys 100 Butterfly
Preston Reep (1:01.37, PR by 3 seconds, 23 in conference, 21 in county)
 
Boys 100 Freestyle
Christian Ernst (54.35, PR by 1.5 seconds, 25 in conference, 21 in county)
Robert Brandl (54.05, PR by .80 seconds, 23 in conference, 19 in county)
 
Girls 200 Medley Relay
Sarah Hulsen ‘22, Kelsey Breuer ‘20, Annie Chowansky ‘22, Ella Quincy ‘22 (2:17.61, best time of season by 1 second, claimed 15 in conference, 11 in county)
 
Girls 200 Freestyle
Olivia Soultanian (2:16.89, PR by 2 seconds, 22 in county)
 
200 Individual Medley
Olivia Rubano ‘21 (3:17.84, PR by 1 second)
 
50 Freestyle
Laura Howard (28.93, first time breaking 29-second barrier)
Maddie Soultanian (26.84, first time breaking 27-second barrier, 24 in conference, 16 in county)
 
100 Freestyle
Caroline Grant ‘20 (1:08.40, PR by 1 second)
Laura Howard (1:03.99, PR by 1 second, 25 in county)
 
500 Freestyle
Olivia Soultanian (6:25.12, PR by 15 seconds, 22 in county)
Rebecca Michaels (5:26.40, PR by 14 seconds, 10 in conference, 7 in county)
 
100 Backstroke
Skylar Macak ‘20 (1:34.13, PR by 4 seconds)
Emily Wang ‘20 (1:21.62, PR by 1 second)
Sarah Hulsen (1:17.66, 25 in county)
 
100 Breaststroke
Ellen Besjak ‘21 (1:31.76, PR by 1 second)
Kelsey Breuer (1:27.66, 25 in county)
 
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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.