SEWELL, New Jersey, March 6. THE top swimmers in New Jersey high school swimming were selected to attend the New Jersey Meet of Champions March 2-3 in Sewell.
The star of the girls portion of the meet was Atlantic City junior Colleen Callahan. She set meet records in both the 100 breast (1:01.29) and 200 IM (2:01.54). Along with classmates Ayana Cox, Dominique Vosoli and Melissa Toy, Callahan also claimed victory in the 200 medley relay (1:48.66).
Kelsi Worrell, a senior at Rancocas Valley, bettered the meet record in the 100 fly with her 53.72 and picked up a second title in the 200 free (1:49.53). Kent Place senior Jenna Immormino posted winning times of 23.61 in the 50 free and 50.82 in the 100 free.
Cailley Silbert, a sophomore at Millburn, won the 500 free in 4:53.64, and Immaculate Heart senior Casey Fazio captured the 100 back with her 55.91.
Westfield's 200 free relay of sophomore Sarah Cronin, senior Lauren Ball, junior Ellie Reinhardt and sophomore Caroline Baldwin combined for a 1:37.88 triumph. The 400 free relay title went to the West Morris Mendham quartet of juniors Isabelle Cecere, Maya Scheindl and Celia Frick plus freshman Sara Cecere (3:31.41).
Ridge senior Bradley Wachenfeld was the only two-event champion in the boys competition with his 1:40.98 in the 200 free and 4:33.31 in the 500 free.
Pingry swept to victory in all three relays. The 200 free relay of seniors James Ross, Jason Ring, Alex Mango and junior Will LaCosta came within 4-hundreths of the meet record with their 1:25.11. The quartet also scored first-place points in the 200 medley relay (1:36.61). Freshman Sebastian Lutz joined Ross, LaCosta and Mango for the 3:07.67 first-place 400 free relay.
Individual Pingry wins were collected by Ross in the 50 free (21.03) and Mango in the 100 fly (50.12).
Tenafly's Leo Lim, who finished a close second to Mango in the 100 fly (50.25), emerged from the 100 breast with a 57.42-57.44 victory over Kinnelon senior Luke Papendick. In turn, Papendick's 45.89 in the 100 free gave him the win in that event.
Another close race in the 200 IM saw seniors Victor Luo (Bridgewater-Raritan) edge out Will Manion (Haddonfield Memorial), 1:52.72-1:52.78. Later in the meet, Manion would become the champion in the 100 back (49.04).