Swimming Competes at MAPL and States

On Saturday, February 1, the Lawrenceville Boys and Girls Varsity Swimming and Diving teams traveled to Mercersburg Academy to compete in this year’s Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) Championships.

On Saturday, February 1, the Lawrenceville Boys and Girls Varsity Swimming and Diving teams traveled to Mercersburg Academy to compete in this year’s Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) Championships. Competing against the Hill School, Blair Academy, Peddie School, and Mercersburg, Lawrenceville secured second place in the girls’ competitions, and fourth in the boys. This year’s championships were held in Mercersburg’s new Lloyd Aquatic Center, which just opened this past year.

For the girls, Helen Liu ’22 set two pool records with first place finishes in the 200 meter individual medley (IM) and 100 meter backstroke. Liu finished the 200 IM in 2:10.74 seconds and the 100 backstroke in 58.86 seconds. Miranda Cai ’20 also set a pool record, finishing first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.05 seconds. For the boys, Philip Park ’22, who is coming off an injury, qualified for Easterns with a strong performance in the 100 meter breaststroke, with a time of 1:05.37. Aidan Jalili ’21 had fantastic 100 and 200 meter freestyle events, finishing in fifth place for the 100 and fourth for the 200. His times were 50.05 seconds and 1:52.16, respectively. Both teams swam with tenacity and fervor, with a couple of individuals setting season-best times across various events and heats. Head Coach Stefanie Harrison described the competition as “a great meet overall, and fun that we got to take the entire team out to Mercersburg to compete.”

Following that meet, Lawrenceville hosted New Jersey State Championships on February 4 and 5. On the first day, the Lawrenceville boys took second place. Felix Tsao ’21 and Rafa Giangrande ’22 had strong performances in the 100 yard butterfly and 100 yard freestyle, clocking times of 56.75 and 49.72 respectively. The next day, Lawrenceville girls took first place and were crowned state champions for the first time since 2009. Cai raced well yet again, winning the 50 yard freestyle event with a time of 24.16. New Jersey State Championships is the last chance individual swimmers will have to get the times they need to qualify for Eastern Championships, one of the premier high school championship meets in America.

Seniors from each of the five schools were honored in a thoughtful ceremony right before the last event took place. For V Formers Henry Giangrande, Marvin Dominguez, Nick Healy, Miranda Cai, Angela Dong, Sara Ptaszynska, Aileen Cui, and Bettina Tapiero, this was a special moment where recognition was given after years of swimming for Big Red. Boys’ Captain Marvin Dominguez ’20 reflected on the meet’s significance and looked ahead, “As this is the last meet before State champs, it marks the transition from midseason to the championship season. Speaking from experience, the end of the season is the best part of the season, and makes all the pain and sweat we have gone through over the past few months worth it. Races will be swam, records will be broken, goals will be conquered.”

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