Swimmers of the Year

Jeff Flynn, St. Augustine Prep, Sr.

Outstanding sprint freestyler and team leader for the Prep (10-2), which dominated the area boys swimming season. A second-time Press first-team All-Star who finished fifth in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.84 seconds at the state individual swimming championships, known as the Meet of Champions. Won the 50 and 100 freestyle events at the South Jersey Coaches’ Invitational and the CAL individual championships.

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Pat Flynn, St. Augustine Prep, Jr.

Returning first-team All-Star was the only area boy to reach two finals at the Meet of Champions. Finished sixth in the 200 freestyle in 1 minute, 44.23 seconds and sixth in the 500 freestyle in 4:48.30. Won the 200 freestyle and 200 individual medley at the CAL individual meet, and had two wins in a 100-70 win over South Jersey power Moorestown.

First team

Steve  Buzby

Mainland Regional, Jr.

Placed fourth in the MOC in the 500 freestyle in 4:45.29, the highest finish at the event by any area boy.

George Schieder

Oakcrest, Jr.

Leading scorer for the Falcons (4-6), he placed 16th in the 200 IM at the MOC. Versatile swimmer won at least one event in five of his team’s six losses.

Thien Le

Atlantic City, So.

Placed sixth in the 100 backstroke at the MOC in 52.16. Also set a meet record at the CAL individuals (58.63, meters), and was first in the event at the South Jersey Coaches’ Meet.

Johnny Malatesta

Vineland, So.

Won the 100 butterfly at the CAL individual meet and was part of the winning 200 medley relay at the event. Placed 16th in the MOC 100 butterfly.

Logan McHenry

Atlantic City, So.

Finished third at the state individual boys diving championships with a school-record score of 403.75 for 11 dives. Won the CAL individual diving championship after getting second at both the S.J. Coaches’ 6-Dive meet and the Jim Roach 11-dive meet.

James Brown

Absegami, Jr.

Won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:09.78 at CAL individual meet, the first Absegami swimmer to win at the event.

Ben Balesteri

Egg Harbor Township, Jr.

Finished fifth in the state boys diving championship with a score of 348.15. Also finished second at the CAL diving meet. Placed third in Division A at the South Jersey Coaches’ 6-dive meet and was third at the Jim Roach 11-dive meet.

Chris McClintock

Mainland Regional,


Another repeat Press first-teamer, he placed 14th in the 200 IM and 15th in the 100 breaststroke at the MOC. Helped the Mustangs (13-2) reach their fourth straight South Jersey Publie A final. Won the 200 IM at the South Jersey coaches’ meet.

Anthony Czar

Egg Harbor Township, Jr.

Placed 15th in the 500 freestyle at the MOC, and won the 400 freestyle at the CAL meet. He helped the Eagles to an 8-3 record.


200 medley relay

Johnny Malatesta, So.

Michael Ruberti, Jr.

Eddie Parks, Fr.

Mark Novatorskiy, Fr.

Mainland Regional

200 freestyle relay

John Brennan, Sr.

Paul Berges, So.

Steve Buzby, Jr.

Nolan Coyle, So.

St. Augustine Prep

400 freestyle relay

Sam Sheppard, Jr.

Sam Newnam, Jr.

Pat Flynn, Jr.

Jeff Flynn, Sr.

Second team

John Brennan, Sr., Mainland Regional

Martin Carbone, Sr., Cumberland Regional

Nolan Coyle, So., Mainland Regional

Luke Filarski, So., Egg Harbor Township

Vlad Kozub, Jr., Buena Regional

TJ Merighi, Jr., St. Augustine Prep

Johnathan Morris, Jr., Cumberland Regional

Eddie Parks, Fr., Vineland

Michael Ruberti, Jr., Vineland

Sam  Sheppard, Jr., St. Augustine Prep

Ben Smith, So., Lacey Township

Matt Taccard, So., St. Augustine Prep

Mainland Regional 200 medley relay

John Brennan, Sr.; Chris McClintock, Jr.; Brandon Truong, Fr.; Paul Berges, So.

Vineland 200 freestyle relay

Michael Ruberti, Jr.; Mark Novatorskiy, Fr.; Eddie Parks, Fr.; Johnny Malatesta, So.

Mainland Regional 400 freestyle relay

Steve Buzby, Jr.; John Brennan, Sr.; Chris McClintock, Jr.; Nolan Coyle, So.

Honorable mention

St. Augustine Prep:

Sam Newnam, Jr.

Colin McHugh, Fr.

David Taylor, Jr.

Atlantic City:

Carson Rau, Jr.,


Kyle Risley. So.

Ocean City:

Kevin Gill, Fr.

Egg Harbor Township:

Fernando Sossa, Sr.

Atlantic City:

Eric Gerner. Sr.

Mainland Regional:

Brandon Truong, Fr.

St. Augustine Prep

200 medley relay

Matt Taccard, So.; Colin McHugh, Fr.; Sam Newnam, Jr.; TJ Merighi, Jr.

St. Augustine Prep

200 freestyle relay

TJ Merighi, Jr.; Sam Newnam, Jr.; Pat Flynn, Jr.; Jeff Flynn, Sr.

Atlantic City

400 freestyle relay

Tyler Egrie, Sr.; Connor Maher, Sr.; Carson Rau, Jr.; Thien Le, So.


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