South Brunswick Swimmers Turn in Another Great Year

Four boys and two girls advanced to Meet of Champions.

The swimming team brought the 2011-12 season to a close last week by having six individuals compete at The Meet of Champions.

"Overall, it was a very successful season for both teams," South Brunswick Coach John Harding said.

Emily Charniga turned in the best finish at The Meet of Champions, reaching the consolation finals and placing 15th in the 100 breaststroke.

Cindy Shi was the other girl to advance to The Meet of Champions, earning the right to swim in the 200 free and 500 free.

South Brunswick advanced four boys to The Meet of Champions. Tyler Blackburn qualified in the 200 free and 500 free.  Jeff Chan made it in the 100 free and 200 free. Lincoln Harris made it in the 200 IM.

In addition to their indvidual success, Blackburn, Chan and Harris joined Harrison Kudwitt on the 400 free relay that also competed at The Meet of Champions.

South Brunswick also had a great deal of success as teams.

The South Brunswick boys were 9-3 on the season. This record included two meets in the state tournament. South Brunswick defeated Bayonne, 102.5-67.5. South Brunswick was then defeated by Hillsborough, 103-67, in state action.

"The boys team qualified for the NJSIAA tournament for the seventh straight year and advanced to the semi-finals for the second straight
year," Harding noted.

The South Brunswick boys also managed to place second as a team in the Greater Middlesex Conference meet.

"The boys team finished second at our country championships for the fifth time in the last six years," Harding said.

Tyler Blackburn, Jeff Chan, Lincoln Harris and James Wu were all named to the All GMC Team. Blackburn, Chan, Harris and Wu also joined teammate Harrison Kudwitt on the All-Red Division team.

The South Brunswick girls finished the year with a record of 6-4. The team reached the state tournament and was defeated in the opening round by Montgomery, 102.5-67.5.

The South Brunswick girls also managed to place third as a team in the GMC. The highlight of that meet for South Brunswick was Cindy Shi winning the 500 free.

"Cindy Shi, Emily Charniga and Samantha Chan were all named to the All GMC Team," Harding noted. "Those three, along with Kristen Lally,
Christina Napoli and Samantha Sterner, were named to the All Red Division

Six swimmers in The Meet of Champions and 11 on All-Star teams is a heck of an accomplishment.

 "I was very pleased with the season" Harding said. "The teams worked hard and the majority of the kids did their best times ever."


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