EWING TOWNSHIP – The Ocean City and Chatham high school girls swimming teams both celebrated historic seasons Sunday.

Both posed with smiles for team pictures.

The cheers for Chatham, however, had a bit more enthusiasm.

Chatham beat Ocean City 99-71 to win the state Public B title at

The College of New Jersey. Chatham won its fourth straight state title and its seniors finished undefeated in their high school careers.

The loss did not take away from what was the best season in Ocean City girls swimming history. The Red Raiders won their first South Jersey title and reached the state final for the first time.

Fans of both schools packed the balcony to watch the state final. The Ocean City fans chanted “OC Raiders, OC Raiders” throughout the meet.

Ocean City won five of 11 events. Red Raiders freshman Amanda Nunan won the 200- and 500-yard freestyle races. Ocean City senior Noel Styer finished first in the 50 and 100 freestyle races.

But it was Chatham’s depth and its second and third-place finishes that made the difference.

I've covered high school sports and variety of other events and teams - including the ShopRite LPGA Classic and the Phillies - since 1993.

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