Thursday, March 6th, 2014
Three new swim records, numerous personal bests at 2014 Easterns
Twenty-three Pennington varsity swimmers went to the 115th Easterns Interscholastic Championship meet on February 21 and 22 at LaSalle University. Joon Ahn, Carrie Bonfield, Nick Bunn, Logan Campbell, Neely Campbell, Shanna Colyar, Meredith Davies, Nina Fitzgerald, Jack Freeman, Will Freeman, Derek Gimbel, Andrew Gordon, Lauren Klei, Owen Kula, Enmanual Lamadrid, Katie Martinides, Andrew Mavis, Ian Nelson, Nick Palombi, Abbey Pitarresi, Ryan Rizzuto, John Stauffer, and Kevin Yoon all experienced a final thrill to their season. Click here for a PDF of the Easterns results.
The girls’ team placed 10th overall with races that brought Carrie Bonfield, Shanna Colyar, Meredith Davies, and Lauren Klei back to finals. Some highlights were Bonfield who would place 4th overall in her 500 yard free and Klei who would end up breaking Lauren Smart's '07 50 Free record (25.14) with a new school record of 24.87! The 10th place finish was one of the best ever for Pennington (boys’ or girls’) at the Easterns meet.
The boys’ team had some amazing swims highlighted by the 200 Free relay of Nick Palombi, Ryan Rizzuto, Nick Bunn, and Andrew Gordon breaking the 2013 record of 1:32. (formerly held by Nick Gorab, Ryan Rizzuto, Nick Palombi and Andrew Gordon) and setting a new school record of 1:31.88 with incredible splits of three: 22’s and a: 23.
Nick Palombi would cap off his final 50 free of his high school career in record form as well with a new School of: 22.24 breaking Wes Lincoln’s 2011 record of 22.27!
The meet was filled with emotion and tears of joy as the swimmers looked at the scoreboard to see that they had in fact swum their personal best times. At the end this incredible group that showed so much class, team camaraderie and mental toughness would be hit with the reality that the season was over. For eight fantastic seniors the memories of Pennington Swimming would begin. Lauren Klei, Joon Ahn, Logan Campbell, Andrew Gordon, Katie Martinides, Nick Palombi, Abbey Pitarresi, and Kevin Yoon were a part of a meet they will never forget and the Pennington swim program will never forget them.