Monmouth County boys swimming championships. Christian Brothers Academy takes first place in the 200 yard Medley relay. Zach DeGiaro competes. Saturday, January 10, 2015 Neptune, NJ Doug Hood/Staff Photographer Gannett
\NEPTUNE – After setting the meet record in 2013 for the 200 yard Medley Relay, and tying it a year later with a time of 1.37.73, CBA opened Saturday’s Monmouth County Championship with a pace just over three seconds off that milestone mark, but with a tone-setting victory nonetheless.
Peyton Ouano (25.96), Ryan DesRochers (1:40.76), Zach DiGiaro (23.93), and Chris Tucker (21.94) collectively swam to a title-winning time of 1:40.76, but their impact reached further throughout the meet as the the group captured several individual titles as well, ultimately leading CBA to its 25th consecutive Monmouth County championship with a team total of 450 points.
“The team title is very special to us because of the history we have at CBA,” DesRochers said. “There’s been a lot of swimmers before us, and to carry on the tradition they set in place is our main goal.”
“For us to win, not everyone has to swim a perfect race,” added DesRochers, who went on to win the 100 breaststroke at 1:03.23, “but everyone did today. The focus was there, the performance was there, and that’s what makes this so special.”
In total CBA won nine of the meet’s 11 events save for the 100-yard freestlye, which was captured by Manasquan’s Jakob Hegna at 48.75, and the 200 individual medley, which was secured by Liam Cosgrove of St. Rose at 1:57.44.
“It feels great to win, especially after finishing second in the event last year,” said Cosgrove, who was named the Monmouth County Meet MVP. “I was really nervous before the race, I felt myself sort of shaking on the blocks, but when the race started I was able to relax and redeem myself.”
Hegna was the only winner from Manasquan, but the Warriors still had a strong showing and finished second in the meet with a team total of 216 points, edging Rumson-Fair Haven’s 212-point total, and doing so less than 24 hours after the Manasquan girls captured a team championship.
“This is the best finish we’ve ever had at this meet as a program,” Manasquan coach Craig Murin said. “Two years ago the boys were just excited to get on the board, last year we finally broke 100 points, and now to be second is huge…our guys are saying they’re the first place public school team.”
CBA put the meet out of reach when DiGiaro raced to a low time of 52.68 in the 100-yard butterfly, out-pacing St. Rose’s Cosgrove (52.81) and Wall’s Shane Maypother (53.60). With the win DiGiaro, who swam the first 50 yards in 24.55, before closing in 28.13, extended the Colts advantage to 178 over then second place Rumson-Fair Haven’s 111.
CBA’s Chris Tucker fronted the 50 yard freestyle event with a time of 22.27, while Rumson-Fair Haven saw Sid Farber place second at 22.30 and Matt Shaw touch at 22.63 to take third.
Tyler Kauth of CBA raced to a time of 1:46.06 in the seeded heat of the 200 freestyle, and was followed closely by teammate John Hall at 1:46.15, while Manasquan’s Hegna trailed the pair of Colts in third at 1:47.69.
CBA’s Kevin Volkov captured the 500-yard freestyle title with a time of 4:55.87, while Colts teammate Joseph Huber placed second at 4:59.13. Middletown North’s Dimitri Maldonado rounded out the top three with a time of 4:49.13.
CBA was 17 tenths of a second off the record pace in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:28.51), which was set by the 2008 Colts collective, as Kauth (22.07), Hall (22.18), Ryan Andresen (22.46), and Tucker (21.97) combined for a first place time of 1:28.68.
John Shea of CBA swam to a time of 53.38 to win the 100-yard backstroke event, while Manasqaun’s James Rush recorded a 54.00, and the Colts’ Ouano touched up at 54.83.
The Colts rounded out the day by capturing the 400 free relay as Kauth (48.28), DiGiaro (48.64), Tucker (49.90), and Andresen (49.56) raced to a 3:16.38.