"RBC Captures 13th Straight County Title"
January 17, 2013Red Bank Catholic High School
The Monmouth County Championships were anything but predictable last night, as teams from around the county battled to dethrone Red Bank Catholic, which was seeking a 13th consecutive title.
Despite its opponents' best efforts, Red Bank Catholic extended its championship streak by totaling 358 points, while Rumson-Fair Haven was second with 227 1/2.
"It feels great everyone came out and swam their all tonight," Red Bank Catholic coach Matthew Bowen said. "There are a lot of great teams in the county, so we are fortunate enough to compete with them."
Jacki VanLew was once again at the helm for RBC, helping to win 200-yard freestyle relay 1:40.23 while also taking the 200 freestyle in 1:53.69, almost two seconds ahead of her winning time from last year.
"It feels like all my hard work has paid off tonight," VanLew said. "I couldn't have done it without the ridiculous amount of support from my teammates tonight. We all worked so hard to come away with first place."
It was a team effort for RBC, which had swimmers place in the top five in eight of the 11 races: the 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle, 50 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 500 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay, 100 backstroke and 400 freestyle relay.
"It's great when you have a group of swimmers that you can spread out into different events," Bowen said. "When they can command that event and control that event and score some points, it's a great feeling that I can rely on them."
There were three records broken. The first came in the 100 butterfly, when Shorefreshman Helen Grossman won in 56.57 to top the mark of 57.67 set in 2003 by Katie Miller of Holmdel.
"It's pretty exciting," Grossman said. "I knew what the record was and I wanted to break it, but I wasn't dead set on breaking it."
The second record fell in the 100 freestyle. Danielle Griggs of Wall won in 51.39 to go well under the previous record of 53.11 from 2005 set by Mary McCue of Red Bank.
Manasquan's performance included a near record in the 200 medley relay, whenCaroline Petrine, Sophie Smith, Hannah Briant and Sara Hegna finished in 1:52.54, falling just one-hundredth of a second off the mark set by Rumson in 2006.
In the final race of the night, RBC took the 400 freestyle relay in 3:37.89 to eclipse the record of 3:38.72 set last year by Manasquan. It was no surprise that, along with Alli Villane, Shannon Belforti and Jillian Crosby, VanLew brought the team home first to cap the team title.
"It means the world to me to win tonight with these girls," VanLew said. "It just shows you that teamwork really does pay off. We all love each other and are like family, so this win is really special."
MONMOUTH COUNTY RELAYS
TEAMS: 1-Red Bank Catholic 358. 2-Rumson Fair-Haven 227 1/2. 3-Manasquan 182 1/2.
200-YARD MEDLEY RELAY: 1-Manasquan (Caroline Petrine, Sophie Smith, Hannah Briant, Sara Hegna) 1:52.54. 2-Long Branch 1:55.98. 3-Red Bank Catholic 1:56.10. 4-Middletown South 1:59.00. 5-Rumson 2.01.02. 6-Colts Neck 2:02.28.
200-YARD FREESTYLE: 1-Jacki VanLew, Red Bank Catholic, 1:53.69. 2-Kathleen Hammond, St. Rose, 1:55.26. 3-Hayley Masi, Long Branch, 1:57.77. 4-Caitlin Fox, Rumson, 1:59.58. 5-Jillian Crosby, Red Bank Catholic, 1:59.85. 6-Brenna Strollo, Long Branch, 2:00.99.
200-YARD INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY: 1-Casey Lawson, St. Rose, 2:10.80. 2-Hannah Elliot, Long Branch, 2:12.03. 3-Julia Bland, Rumson, 2.12.78. 4-Emma Sullivan, Red Bank, 2:17.44. 5-Katherine Scott, Middletown South, 2:17.71. 6-Sophie Smith, Manasquan, 2:18.28.
50-YARD FREESTYLE: 1-Danielle Griggs, Wall, 24.02. 2-Hannah Briant, Manasquan, 24.70. 3-Helen Grossman, Shore, 24.81. 4-Katie McKay, Holmdel, 25.18. 5-Shannon Belforti, Red Bank Catholic, 25.43. 6-Karli Rymer, Red Bank Catholic, 25.47.
100-YARD BUTTERFLY: 1-Helen Grossman, Shore, 56.57, meet record; former record 57.67, Katie Miller, Holmdel, 2003. 2-Karli Rymer, Red Bank Catholic, 58.88. 3-Hannah Elliot, Long Branch, 1:00.55. 4-Erin Finn, Middletown North, 1:01.99. 5-Katherine Scott, Middletown South, 1:03.17. 6-Julianna Cavano, Red Bank Catholic, 1:03.78.
100-YARD FREESTYLE: 1-Danielle Griggs, Wall, 51.39, meet record; previous record 53.11, Mary McCue, Red Bank, 2005. 2-Hayley Masi, Long Branch, 53.42. 3-Kathleen Hammond, St. Rose, 53.45. 4-Caroline Petrone, Manasquan, 53.60. 5-Hannah Briant, Manasquan, 53.81. 6-Shannon Belforti, Red Bank Catholic, 55.66.
500-YARD FREESTYLE: 1-Julia Bland, Rumson, 5:12.09. 2-Jillian Crosby, Red Bank Catholic, 5:23.97. 3-Kaitlyn Mahon, Middletown North, 5:26.85. 4-Alli Villane, Red Bank Catholic, 5:28.63. 5-Melissa Segovia, Middletown South, 5:33.64. 6-Bridget Lynch, St. Rose, 5:39.81
200-YARD FREESTYLE RELAY: 1-Red Bank Catholic (Shannon Belforti, Karli Rymer, Jackie VanLew, Jillian Crosby) 1:40.23. 2-Rumson 1:42.37. 3-Long Branch 1:43.15. 4-Holmdel 1:49.23. 5-Wall 1:50.18. 6-Middletown North 1:50.45.
100-YARD BACKSTROKE: 1-Caroline Petrone, Manasquan, 59.04. 2-Jacki VanLew, Red Bank Catholic, 59.43. 3-Casey Lawson, St. Rose, 1:00.10. 4-Brenna Strollo, Long Branch, 1:01.69. 5-Sara Hegna, Manasquan, 1:01.81. 6-Kayleigh Hoagland, Colts Neck, 1:02.67.
100-YARD BREASTSTROKE: 1-Emma Sullivan, Red Bank, 1:10.58. 2-Shoshana Swell, Rumson, 1:10.94. 3-Risa Goldberg, Marlboro, 1:10.95. 4-Tara Maniace, Neptune, 1:11.43. 5-Sophie Smith, Manasquan, 1:12.21. 6-Emma Capro, Red Bank Catholic, 1:14.29.
400-YARD FREESTYLE RELAY: 1-Red Bank Catholic (Alli Villane, Shannon Belforti, Jackie VanLew, Jillian Crosby) 3:37.89, meet record; previous record 3:38.72, Manasquan, 2012. 2-Rumson 3:44.67. 3-Middletown South 3:50.71. 4-St. Rose 3:50.76. 5-Colts Neck 3:56.32. 6-Shore 3:58.50.