He’s only a sophomore, but made a huge impact on the Shore Conference this season.
We’re talking about St. Rose swimmer Liam Cosgrove — someone you should keep an eye on for the next two years.
“(Coach Jillian Miller) told me in person (that I was Swimmer of the Year) and that was really exciting to see the expression on her face,” Cosgrove said. “Knowing that it meant that much to her and obviously to the rest of the St. Rose team, it also made me really happy.”
Cosgrove earned some accolades during the championship meets starting with the Monmouth County meet, where he won the 200 individual medley in 1:57.44 and finished second in the 100 butterfly in 52.81. With that performance, he was named the swimmer of the meet.
“Liam is the most valuable (boys) swimmer to St. Rose High School. Not only does he score the most points and earn the most championships, he really helps the team with the fundamentals of swimming,” St. Rose swim coach Jillian Miller said. “He is always trying to encourage and help his teammates improve their swimming and their overall experience.”
At the Shore Conference meet, Cosgrove excelled at an even higher level. He won the 200 freestyle in 1:43.49 and won the 100 butterfly in 51.47 and helped the Purple Roses earn 86 team points and finish in 11th place.
“Liam swims at a high caliber in multiple events. He is competitive in six individual events. At Monmouth County Championships, he wanted to redeem himself in the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly. He won the 200 individual medley, and placed second in the 100 butterfly,” Miller said.
“For the Shore Conference Championships, he had talked of a new strategy for the 200 freestyle, and wanted to become the Shore Conference Champion in the 100 butterfly. He had worked really hard on a few little aspects of the stroke, to improve the overall swim. All seemed to work as he walked out of the Ocean County YMCA (in Toms River) as a dual Shore Conference Champion in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly.”
Cosgrove’s impressive sophomore season wasn’t over just yet as he had one more championship meet to attend and that was the NJSIAA Meet of Champions at the Gloucester County Institute of Technology.
At the Meet of Champions, Cosgrove competed in the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke. He finished fourth in the state in the 100 butterfly (50.32) and sixth in the state in the 100 backstroke (51.46).
“(The) Meet of Champions brought on another new event, the 100 backstroke as he competed in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke,” Miller said. ” In dual meets (this season), we were confident in Liam to win any event he was placed in to swim. I would say his “favorite” and “best” event/stroke is the 100 butterfly.”
With two more years of high school swimming left, Cosgrove is ready to return to the pool for the Purple Roses next season and is also keeping an eye on the future.
“As of right now, I’m thinking about swimming in college,” Cosgrove said. “I think it would be a fun experience, especially hearing all my coaches’ stories.”
And with two years left, Cosgrove has plenty of time to secure more records not only at St. Rose but also for Monmouth County and the Shore Conference.
Currently, Cosgrove holds six out of the eight individual boys swimming records at St. Rose High School (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke, 200 individual medley), according to Miller, and is a part of three record-holding relay teams (200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay) at St. Rose High School.
“Monmouth County and Shore Conference records are tough to chase down, following Olympian Connor Jaeger (from Rumson-Fair Haven),” Miller said. “But records are made to be broken and I believe with two more years of hard work, he is fully capable of breaking into Monmouth County and Shore Conference Records.”
Staff writer Sherlon Christie: firstname.lastname@example.org