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Westfield Swim Teams Aim High, Break Records

Elizabeth Fox

Friday, February 7, 2014 • 9:00am

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School’s boys and girls swim teams are known to be exceptional, and this year is no different. In the past both teams have achieved titles in the UCIAC Champions, NJSIAA Sectional Champions and NJSIAA State Champs.

Currently, the boys team is ranked at No. 2 in the state, right below Christian Brothers Academy. The girls team is ranked No. 1, directly above Immaculate Heart Academy.

On Jan. 26, the Blue Devils competed in the county championships, where they broke three county records and one school record. Sarah Cronin set a meet record in the 200-yard freestyle and Tyler Lessner set a record in the 100-yard breast stroke. In addition to Cronin’s record, the girls placed first in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle by Caroline Baldwin, along with the 200-yard and 400-yard relays.

The boys 200-yard freestyle relay of John Lindros, Luke McGrory, Aram Barmakian and Tyler Lessner also set a school record.

The previous Friday, the Blue Devils beat IHA and Bergen Catholic. Coach Jeffery Knight noted that the team’s ability to respond so well after a less than a 48-hour break was commendable. 

“The girls set very high standards over the course of the last few years, this core group of seniors have been phenomenal,” said Knight. “They want to end their careers as they started them; as champions.”

Knight added, as with the boys team, the swimmers are a focused group with clear goals.

The Blue Devils hope to continue to sustain and improve upon their success. Particularly, the boys hope to win the 25th state title in the boys program’s history.

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