Since his freshman season Zach Molloy has worked his way to the top of the swimming podium by earning himself a well-deserved state title.
The Toms River North standout showed his versatility throughout the season, medaling in several different events, and breaking records in the process to classify himself as one of the best swimmers in the state.
“I started swimming around the age of five,” Molloy said. “My older siblings were swimmers and I saw that they were really good at it, so I wanted to swim too.”
This season was Molloy’s second All-Shore First-Team selection and his best performance yet. At the Meet of Champions, he won a state title in the 100-yard freestyle (45.98), and placed second in the 200-yard freestyle (1:40.86). Molloy led his team in the 400-yard freestyle relay to a second-place finish (3:11.99).
“It feels good that I am the only one to win a state title out of my family, but I don’t rub it in their faces or brag about it,” Molloy said. “They were all great swimmers.”
Although Molloy showed his quickness at the Meet of Champions, he also showed his competitiveness at the Ocean County Championships and Shore Conference Championships with several broken records and first-place finishes.
Molloy led Toms River North to their second consecutive Ocean County Championship, and claimed the meet’s Most Valuable Player. Molloy broke the meet record in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing in 45.93, crushing the previous record held since 2011 by Central’s Evan Mahoney (47.41). Molloy continued his success in the 500-yard freestyle where he swam to another meet record (4:40.22). He erased the mark set by runner-up Phillip Binaco from last year (4:41.96).
“The 100-yard freestyle is my favorite event,” Molloy said. “There’s not that much to think about while swimming that event, and it’s short. I just swim as fast as I can, and hope for a fast time.”
At the Shore Conference Championships, he placed first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:40.09), 50-yard freestyle (21.99) and was a member of the winning 400-yard freestyle relay team (3:12.68).
As a sophomore, Molloy was an All-Shore First-Team selection as a member of the 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay. He finished fifth at the NJSIAA Individual Swimming Championships in the 200-yard freestyle (1:44.19), and tied for fourth in the 100 freestyle (47.35).
“My most memorable moment this season was winning at the Meet of Champions,” Molloy said. “I didn’t think I was going to win because someone was seeded well ahead of me, but I was happy and excited that I pulled it off, and was able to walk away with a state title.”