The Egg Harbor Township and Ocean City high school girls swimming teams both have a history at the South Jersey championships, and Thursday they’ll each try to add another title.
EHT (7-2), ranked fourth in The Press Elite 11, meets third-ranked Cherry Hill East (8-1) at 3:30 p.m. in the South Jersey Public A (large schools) championship meet at Gloucester County Institute of Technology in Deptford Township.
Ocean City (9-2), the Elite 11’s fifth-ranked team, goes against top-ranked Moorestown (10-1) at 5 p.m. in the S.J. Public B title meet at GCIT.
Both meets are rematches of last year’s South Jersey girls finals. Ocean City won its fourth straight S.J. B championship in 2017 with an 87.5-82.5 win over Moorestown. The Red Raiders also topped Moorestown 97-73 in the 2016 final and went on to win the state title.
EHT, which beat Cherry Hill East 95-75 in 2016 in the South Jersey meet, lost to the Cougars 99-71 last year. Egg Harbor Township will be swimming in its fourth straight South Jersey A final.
EHT features Grace Curry, Leenah Sarhan, Ava McDonough, Alexandria Cotter, Nina Nguyen, Sarah Azegzaou, Caitlin Moore and Emily Zipf.
“Our seniors, led by Leenah (Sarhan), have established a great tradition because they’ve made it every year,” Egg Harbor Township coach Mark Jamieson said. “We have a lot of talented young swimmers who can establish their own tradition. The team is very excited to get back to the final. We have a fun rivalry with Cherry Hill East. It should be a great meet to watch and be a part of.”
Ocean City is led by seniors Ryann Styer and Maggie Wallace. The strong lineup also has Andrea Teofanova, Alex Antonov, Claudia Scherbin, Eve Chiarello, Brooke Powell and Emily Myers.
“The team is excited to be back,” said Ian Keyser, Ocean City’s first-year coach. “The goal was to get back to our fifth straight. The team, led by Maggie and Ryann, has been phenomenal. They’ve had three coaches in five years, but the team has still been able to do this well.”