David McPherson photo/SJHS

Boys swimming 3-peats

by Mr. Charles Sullivan - Thursday, December 18, 2008

The SJHS Boys swim maintained their dominance at the Provincials obtained their 3rd consecutive NBIAA Swimming Championship.

The boys dominated the pool by sweeping the relays obtaining 5 Gold medals. Alek Pantic set the tempo with 4 Gold Medals, Mike Whitcomb was triple threat with 3 Gold medals, Chris MacMackin, Andru Ferguson, Alex Barry, and Greg Arsenault were all double winners.

The team was outstanding with 147 points - second place was Mathieu Martin with 68 points. The overall team standings placed SJHS in second place with 190 points just shy of first place FHS with 212 points. All swimmers posted PBT's (personal best times). Notable mentions go to Tom Waggott who knocked 22 seconds off his 400 freestyle time & Brent Holt's amazing 14 seconds off his 100 Butterfly.

Check out the SJHS video from the NBIAA meet.

The following is by Kevin Barrett from the Telegraph-Journal.

The Saint John Greyhounds boys swim team exceeded its coach's expectations this New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association campaign.

The provincial boys title, captured Monday, was an added bonus for a school that has gone on plenty of championship runs in the past. One took place from 1991-95 and another happened from 1999-2003.

"When you go away, you are looking for several things," said head coach Charlie Sullivan, who wrapped up his 18th season with the team following the NBIAA boys championship.

"One is that they have trained and they put a lot of time in there despite many of them performing in the school musical (The Sound of Music), which fell a week before the provincials. They all had best times at provincials, no one got disqualified and those are things I am looking for. They outperformed my expectations."

Team captain Rob Alexander helped anchor the team and he showed how to perform - in the water and also on the stage, where he played the lead actor's role. He is also the president of the Saint John High student council.

The Greyhounds took the title, thanks to five victories in the relays. Each relay is worth 14 points and the 70 points were almost half of the Greyhounds' total of 147.

In junior varsity, Saint John won three relay races. Chris MacMackin, Mike Whitcomb, Alex Pantic and Andru Ferguson won the 200-metre medley relay while Pantic, Whitcomb, Ferguson and Greg Arsenault won the 200-m freestyle relay.

Whitcomb, Arsenault, MacMackin and Rory Penny raced to top spot in the 400-m freestyle relay.

In senior varsity, the Saint John team of Harrison Burrows, Greg Mytropan, Alex Barry Josh Mackin won the 200-m freestyle relay. Barry, Rob Alexander, Jack Li and Andrew Borodovski won the 400-m senior varsity freestyle relay.

Pantic also took home provincial junior varsity titles in the 400-m freestyle and 100-m butterfly.

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