Morristown boys, girls swim teams advance to sectional finals

Morristown boys, girls swim teams advance to sectional finals

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Morristown boys, girls swim teams advance to sectional finals

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MORRISTOWN

Michael Crowley kept everybody waiting before Morristown’s NJSIAA North I-A semifinal on Monday afternoon.

Crowley was picking up a new suit, one he hoped would help break the school record in the 100-meter freestyle — and win a bet with teammate Mike Critchley.

Neither Crowley nor Critchley held up their end of the bet, but the Colonials boys still defeated Randolph, 114-56, in one of their quickest meets of the year. The Morristown girls also advanced to the North I-A sectional final with a 96-74 victory over Morris Knolls.

This is the girls’ first trip to the final since 2009, while the boys advance for the third straight year. However, Crowley noted, this will be their first appearance at Passaic Tech since the 2009 boys team won there.

“The stars are aligned,” said Crowley, who made the Meet of Champions cut while winning the 50-meter freestyle on Monday. “We’re beating all their records. We’re on par with them for states. It’s a good team to line yourself up against.”

Randolph certainly didn’t make things easy, as senior Matt Linz won the IM and the 100. But Morristown was able to edge the Rams in the opening medley relay by 24 hundredths of a second, and Jamie Viotto and Mark Beston went 1-2 in the 200 free. Critchley lowered his own school butterfly record to 59.21, just a bit short of the 59-second barrier he’d promised to break — setting the stage for Critchley to take down the 100 free mark from 2009.

Linz edged him out on the final 25 meters, but Crowley, Beston and freshman Derek He went 2-3-4.

“All the lanes, not just the fastest lane, were all giving everything they have, and that’s what matters,” Linz said. “In a meet like this, every single point counts.”

Both the Colonials boys and girls swept the breaststroke. A trio of Morristown freshmen — Emma Piascik, Maya Carragher and Michaela Phelan — put the meet out of reach on the girls side, while Critchley, Giancarlo Soriano and Joey Murphy went 1-2-3 for the boys.

Morris Knolls senior Allie Kaufmann won the closest race of the day, touching out club teammate Bianca Karpinski of Morristown by three hundredths of a second in the 500 free. Kaufmann and Devyn Somogyi brought the Golden Eagles back from behind to win the 200 free relay by two tenths of a second.

“It’s always fun seeing teammates who aren’t on your team for the time being,” said Kaufmann, who also won the 200 free on Monday. “It’s different. It’s fun. It’s a little nervewracking, but it pushes you.”

Girls: Morristown 96, Morris Knolls 74

Medley relay: Morristown (Shannon Crowley, Emma Piascik, Bianca Karpinski, Maya Carragher) 2:15.41; 200 freestyle: Allie Kaufmann (MK) 2:19; 200 IM: Carragher (Mt) 2:39.13; 50 freestyle: Karpinski (Mt) 29.1; 100 butterfly: Julia Dottinger (MK) 1:17.34; 100 freestyle: Emilie Breslin (Mt) 1:03.59; 400 freestyle: Kaufmann (MK) 5:07.4; 200 free relay: Morris Knolls (Dottinger, Cassie Randall, Kaufmann, Devyn Somogyi) 2:01.65; 100 backstroke: Crowley (Mt) 1:14.69; 100 breaststroke: Piascik (Mt) 1:24.95; 400 free relay: Morris Knolls (Stephanie Harris, Dottinger, Somogyi, Kaufmann) 4:21.52.

Site of meet: Morristown High School. Distances in meters.

Team records: Morristown 11-4, Morris Knolls 7-4.

Morristown 114, Randolph 56

Medley relay: Morristown (Michael Macchia, Matt Critchley, Brian Honicky, Michael Crowley) 1:53.38; 200 freestyle: Jamie Viotto (Mt) 2:06.45; 200 IM: Matt Linz (R) 2:16.79; 50 freestyle: Crowley (Mt) 25.29; 100 butterfly: Critchley (Mt) 59.21; 100 freestyle: Linz (R) 55.26; 400 freestyle: Viotto (Mt) 4:33.34; 200 free relay: Morristown (Critchley, Mark Beston, Derek He, Crowley) 1:42.26; 100 backstroke: Macchia (Mt) 1:04.11; 100 breaststroke: Critchley (Mt) 1:10.26; 400 free relay: Morristown (Honicky, Beston, Macchia, Viotto) 3:57.51.

Site of meet: Morristown High School. Distances in meters.

Team records: Morristown 13-2, Randolph 9-1.

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