by Caroline Baldwin
The WHS boys swim team made history last Sunday at The College of New Jersey when it defeated Cherry Hill East and swam to its twenty-fifth state title.
WHS made an impact early in the meet as junior John Lindros and freshman Aedan Collins finished first and second, respectively in the 200-yard freestyle.
According to senior Quad-Captain Luke McGrory, “The most important factor of [the] meet was to use our depth to our advantage, and we knew we could win as long as we did what we were capable of.”
Westfield utilized its depth in the 200-yard individual medley and the 50-yard free, finishing second, third and fourth in both events, leaving the blue sea in the bleachers electrified going into the break.
Relays are crucial for high school meets, and the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Lindros and seniors McGrory, Tyler Lessner and Aram Barmakian took first place. The second place team of sophomores Ryan Daniel and Blake Taylor, freshman Charlie Baldwin and junior Stephen Husch was the key the team needed. That top two finish gave WHS more leeway with a score of 72–52.
With 3 events left, the boys only needed 13 more points to win the meet. All it took was the second, third and fifth finishes in the 100-yard backstroke by freshman David Lindros and juniors Kevin Clauss and Jack Rose and the first, second and third finish in the 100-yard breaststroke by Lessner, freshman Stefan Crigler and senior Dan Myers to win the meet.
According to Head Coach Jeffrey Knight: “We had a goal in mind of power points and it was a matter of don’t take your foot off the gas…. The meet is not over until the last race is done.”
With the Westfield chant echoing through the TCNJ natatorium and the fans on their feet, the 400-yard freestyle relay team walked up to the blocks comfortable with their position.
Said Knight: “It was well-deserved; these guys worked hard for it.... They ultimately won as a team.”