Several Shore Conference boys swimmers had impressive showings at the 35th annual boys swimming Shore Conference Championship held at the Ocean County YMCA in Toms River on Sunday afternoon.
Overall, the boys broke seven meet records (five individual records, two relay records) as Ocean Township’s Sam Lynch, Toms River North’s Zach Molloy and Central’s Evan Mahoney led the way for the individual accolades.
Ocean Township’s Lynch broke the oldest boys meet record while winning two individual events, Toms River North’s Molloy also set a meet record while winning two individual events and Central’s Mahoney set the meet records in the 100 freestyle and the 100 breaststroke, the latter being his own record.
Lynch broke the 1994 record of CBA’s Tom Wilkens (1:54.91) in the 200 individual medley with an outstanding time of 1:54.02.
“I knew the record belonged to Tom Wilkens but I didn’t know how old the record was,” Lynch said. “I wanted to break Wilkens’ record because he was an Olympian.”
Later in the meet, Lynch won the 100 butterfly with a time of 50.30. His meet record in the 200 IM was the second meet record of the day after Molloy set the first meet in the 200 yard freestyle, the event before Lynch’s.
Molloy swam a 1:40.09 to best Rumson-Fair Haven’s Connor Jeager and his time of 1:42.42 in 2008. Jaeger recently swam in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
“My goal was to break the record and to sprint out hard from the start,” Molloy said. “I knew I had a shot to win the event so I just went for it. My time on Sunday was close to a personal best which is 1:39.9.”
After winning the 200 freestyle in record fashion, Molloy also won the 50 free (21.99) over CBA’s Josh Berger (22.14) and Freehold’s Matthew Gallene (22.26). Molloy came close to Jaeger’s 2009 meet record of 21.47.
Mahoney broke another of Jeager’s records, the 2009 mark in the 100 freestyle with a 46.55. Jaeger’s mark was 46.73.
“I had set my mind that I was going to get the meet record in the 100 freestyle on Sunday,” Mahoney said. “Most of the time you have a feeling of how good you are doing and I felt good right from the start.”
Mahoney’s impressive day wasn’t finished there. He broke his own meet record set last year in the 100 breaststroke with a new time of 57.19. His record last year was 58.39.
CBA finished first in the team scoring with 388 points while Toms River North was second with 178 points and Freehold Township was third with 142 points. Freehold (fourth, 135 points) and Monsignor Donovan (fifth, 133 points) rounded out the top five teams.
The Colts started off the meet by almost breaking the 200 yard medley relay record of 2011 set by Ocean Township. CBA swam a 1:38.16 just .07 off the meet record of 1:38.09. The Colts later broke their own meet record in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:28.59, the previous record came from the 2012 CBA team with a time of 1:28.82.
Toms River North broke the other relay record when its 400 freestyle relay team beat its own record with a new time of 3:12.68 breaking the 2012 time of 3:14.38.
Other individual event winners included: Toms River North’s Will Molly in the 500 freestyle (4:40.84), CBA’s Robert Whitacre in the 100 backstroke (a meet record 50.78) breaking Ocean’s Sam Lynch’s record from 2012 of 51.73.