Red Bank Catholic wins its 13th straight title

Red Bank Catholic wins its 13th straight title

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Red Bank Catholic wins its 13th straight title

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NEPTUNE

The Red Bank Catholic girls swim team scored 358 points to win their 13th consecutive title at the Monmouth County Championships at the Neptune Aquatic Center on Friday night.

The Caseys outscored second-place Rumson-Fair Haven, who had 227.5, and Manasquan, who scored 182.5 to finish in third place.

“It feels excellent to come out and win another title,” said Red Bank Catholic head coach Matt Bowen. “We didn’t win a lot of events but we had a lot of swimmers place high enough to give us the points win.”

Manasquan started off strong, swimming three seconds ahead of its seed time to win the 200 medley relay. The foursome of Caroline Petrone, Sophie Smith, Hannah Briant, and Sara Hegna raced to a (1:52.54) finish. Long Branch swam a (1:55.98) to place second.

Red Bank Catholic’s Jackie VanLew won the 200 freestyle (1:53.69), she was two seconds ahead of St. Rose’s Kathleen Hammond (1:55.26) to give her team enough points to move to the top spot in team scores.

In the 200 individual medley, Casey Lawson of St. Rose surprised everyone racing to a (2:10.80) finish. She swam two seconds ahead of favored Hannah Elliott of Long Branch (2:12.03).

Wall’s Danielle Griggs claimed the top spot in the 50 freestyle. She beat Manasquan’s Briant for a finger-tip lead to finish in (24.03), while Briant finished in (24.70).

In the 100 butterfly, Shore’s Helen Grossman broke the meet record with a (56.57), which was .10 faster than Katie Miller’s previous meet record that was set in 2003.

“It was exciting to come here as a freshman and break the meet record,” said Grossman. “My friends kept telling me what time I was at through the race, and when it was over I looked up at the board, and couldn’t believe I broke it.”

In that same event, Red Bank Catholic’s Karli Rymer placed second (58.88) to give her team a 75 point advantage over the first five events.

Griggs won her second event of the night in the 100 freestyle, and smashed the meet record in the process. She swam a (51.39) to break the previous meet record of (53.11) by Mary McCue in 2005. After winning two events, and breaking a meet record she was named MVP.

“I came here just looking to have fun, and to win MVP feels great,” said Griggs. “This is my fastest time ever, and to do it here is very exciting.”

Rumson’s Julia Bland dominated in the 500 freestyle (5:12.09), with her closest competitor Jillian Crosby finishing eleven seconds behind (5:23.97).

The Caseys won the 200 yard freestyle with Shannon Belforti, Rymer, VanLew, and Crosby swimming a (1:40.23).

The next race was the closest of the night. The 100 backstroke went to Manasquan’s Petrone (59.04). She reached the wall .39 seconds faster than VanLew (59.43).

In the 100 breaststroke, Emma Sullivan grabbed the top spot with a (1:10.58) finish.

The final event was the 400 freestyle relay that was also won by Red Bank Catholic. Alli Villane, Belforti, Crosby and VanLew swam to a meet record (3:37.89) which was one second ahead of the previous meet record from Manasquan last year (3:38.72).

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