The East Brunswick High School boys swim team has many goals it wants to accomplish, but none are more important than changing the course of swimming history.
“Right now we’re 5-1, and we lost a very close match to St. Joe’s early on in December,” said coach Jeff Sundberg. “We knew it was going to be close and we are very determined to win, so hopefully we can use that as motivation to win the GMC Championships.”
There is a reason St. Joseph is so high on the Bears’ list, as the Falcons have been a swimming powerhouse for a long time, winning the GMC Championships for the past 36 years. The goal is to not only dethrone the kings, but to alter history as well.
“St. Joe’s has won the GMCs for 36 years in a row,” said Sundberg, “To beat them would be a historic event not just for our team, but it’d be very rare. It shows how strong a program they’ve been.”
The Bears have the makeup to accomplish this goal, with a deep team full of talented swimmers.
“We have a meet next week against Scotch Plains, which is ranked 16th in the state right now,” said Sundberg, “That’s a meet that’s going to be really challenging, but it’s important because our guys need to be pushed.”
The talent starts with the seniors, as Greg James has proved to be the leader and best swimmer of the squad. The rest of the team has followed his lead and stepped up right behind him.
“Our sprinters, Alex Skwish and Nolan Choi and our flyer, Andrew Wu, have really stepped it up this year,” said James, “They’ve competed at high levels and our distance guys, Kevin Chow, Matt Kaplan and Jeffrey Ho have been extraordinary as well.”
The team will look to its depth to carry them to their ultimate goal.
“Our team is extremely balanced,” said Sundberg, “We’ve had strong contributions from over 20 guys on the team, which is unheard of in high school swimming. We are very fortunate to have a very balanced team that has a large number of swimmers that play an important role.”
“We definitely have to be shooting on all cylinders,” said James about the Bears’ chances in the upcoming GMC Championships. “We’ve had great races in the past and we’ve fallen a little short, so consistency has to be a must. Every millisecond counts so we are making sure to have motivation to fight to the finish. We have to try and capitalize and close.”