CBA boys, RBC girls swim to Shore Conference titles RBC squeaks by Rumson-Fair Haven with their depth By Doug mckenzie Staff Writer The Christian Brothers Academy swim team has won the Shore Conference Swimming Champion-ships every year since joining the conference 11 years ago. So Sunday’s results should be a surprise to no one, as the Lincroft Colts again displayed their overall strength in capturing yet another title. CBA was atop the leader board from the very start, as their 200 medley relay team posted the Colts’ first win of the day by beating a surprisingly good Toms River North squad to the wall in the first race of the day. Senior Joe Davidow swam the anchor for the Colts and touched out at 1:44.03, .14 seconds ahead of TR North, in CBA’s best time of the season in that event. Although that first race was close, CBA once again swam away with the team competition, distancing itself from the field like it has so many times before. Before it was all said and done, the Colts had accumulated 297 points, with Toms River East second (135), Toms River South third (134), Toms River North fourth (102), and Red Bank and Monsignor Donovan tied for fifth (77). It was CBA’s dominance of the relays which allowed them to cruise to another championship. After the team of Kevin Connors, Vincent Tupper, Brendan Connors and Davidow won the 200 medley, the Colts’ 200 freestyle relay team of Davidow, Kevin Connors, Matt Zilinski and Chris Farrell beat out TR South 1:33.09 to 1:33.24. From there it was the 400 freestyle relay team of Andrew Faughnan, Brendan Connors, Zilinski and Farrell who took the final relay of the day in a time of 3:27.88. CBA’s dominance of the relay events did not carry over to the individual events, however, as a number of swimmers from various schools swam away with conference championships. Rumson’s Ryan Matthews beat out CBA’s Farrell in the 200 freestyle, touching the wall in 1:50.52. Matthews used a strong push in the final 25 yards to top Farrell. In the 200 IM, it was Monmouth sophomore Chris Soniak touching the wall first (2:00.2), just ahead of Toms River South’s Carlos Santiago. (2:01.7). Soniak also went on to win the 100 butterfly in a time of 53.83, his best time of the season. But Santiago came back for a win of his own when he posted a 1:02.39 in the 100 breaststroke. The 50 freestyle was the day’s closest race, with St. John Vianney’s Kyle Williams (22.09), a junior who swims for the Red Bank YMCA, beating out Red Bank’s Mike Kelly (22.1). Kelly, however, came back to post a win in the 100 freestyle (48.23) with Williams posting second (49.26). Middletown South senior Greg Elzer got a win as well, touching the wall first in the 100 backstroke (55.13), just ahead of CBA’s Kevin Connors (55.81). CBA got its lone individual win of the day when Farrell won the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:54.12, and had the largest margin of victory (20 seconds) of the day. Meanwhile, on the girls’ side of the pool, the Red Bank Catholic Caseys completed a perfect sweep over rival Rumson-Fair Haven by defending their Shore Conference championship after beating the Bulldogs in their regular season dual meet and the county championships. The Caseys topped the Bulldogs by a score of 265 to 232 on Saturday, even though they won just two of the 11 events. However, it was their depth which made the difference, as they placed at least one swimmer in the top five in 10 events. Their wins came in the 50 freestyle, where junior Sara Schwartz touched the wall in 25.62, and the 200 freestyle relay, where the team of Noreen Faughnan, Carrie Rider, Bridget Pegler and Schwartz swam a 1:45.15, beating a Mary McCue-anchored Red Bank team which finished second at 1:45.31. But several other races saw RBC swimmers place near the front of the field, allowing them to accumulate enough points to distance themselves from the competition. As for McCue, she was one of the meet’s top swimmers, winning the 200 IM (2:10.05) by seven seconds over Rumson standout Bryanne Matthews (the defending champ), and the 100 free (53.76), which was just .37 seconds behind a meet record set over a decade ago. In addition, her spit of 24.37 in the 200 free relay almost led her team to a come-from-behind win over RBC. Red Bank’s Kristen Harris also won a pair of events. In the 500 freestyle, she had to sprint to the finish to top Rumson’s Ashley Bissett 5:07.53 to 5:08.67. Harris’ second win came in the 200 free, where she swam away from the field in 1:58.16. Bissett came back herself to pick up a pair of wins in the 100 fly (1:01.86) and the 100 breaststroke (1:08.98). In the remaining events, Manasquan defended their 200 medley title, while Rumson’s team of Trudy Wojciehowski, Sara Moser-Cohen, Matthews and Bissett won the 400 free relay with a time of (3:46.54). But at the end of the day it was Coach Gail Slevin’s RBC Caseys who were celebrating the team title, and the culmination of a perfect season.