The St. Augustine Prep swim team reversed the result of last year's meet with St. Joseph Metuchen by beating the Falcons 95-75 Thursday in a South Jersey Non-Public A semifinal in Buena Vista Township.
St. Augustine (9-1) is ranked second in The Press Elite 11.
St. Augustine, the No. 2 seed, will meet top-seeded Christian Brothers Academy, the three-time defending state champion, at 6 p.m. Tuesday for the S.J. Non-Public A title at Neptune High School. CBA (11-1) has been No. 1 all season in the Elite 11.
Last year St. Augustine lost to St. Joseph 104-66 in a state Non-Public A semifinal in Perth Amboy.
On Thursday, Hermits senior Pat Flynn swam the butterfly leg on the winning 200-yard medley relay team and came right back to win the next race, the 200 freestyle. T.J. Merighi won the 50 freestyle for the Prep and anchored the winning 200 freestyle relay. Teammate Sam Sheppard took the 100 butterfly and John Gregory was first in the 500 freestyle. Brian Dougherty was on two winning relays.
"Obviously there were graduations on both teams after last year, but a lot of things went our way that went their way last year," St. Augustine coach Jon Stinson said. "I didn't think we swam our best, but we had some best times. I thought Pat Flynn swam very well, and Brian Dougherty, Sam Newnam and Austin Campbell had personal bests. Also, a lot of our B and C swimmers stepped up to make sure they were not that far behind the A swimmers."
The Prep finished first, third and fourth in the 50 freestyle, and was second, third and fourth in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke.
At St. Augustine Prep, yards
200 Medley Relay-SA (Matt Taccard, Austin Campbell, Pat Flynn, Brian Dougherty) 1:40.11; 200 Freestyle-Flynn SA 1:47.66; 200 IM-Ethan Louie SJ 2:00.61; 50 Freestyle-T.J. Merighi SA 21.76; 100 Butterfly-Sam Sheppard SA 55.98; 100 Freestyle-Andrew Nesbitt SJ 47.93; 500 Freestyle-John Gregory SA 4:53.34; 200 Freestyle Relay-SA (Andrew Burr, Sam Newnam, Dougherty, Merighi)1:31.18; 100 Backstroke-Louie SJ 53.02; 100 Breaststroke-Nesbitt SJ 1:01.17; 400 Freestyle Relay-SJ (Kurt MacDonald, Louie, Matt Rein, Nesbitt) 3:24.51.
Records-S.J. 12-3; Prep 9-1.