CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — The Middle Township boys and girls swim teams won their first meets of the season against Cape May Tech on Tuesday at the Cape May County Special Services pool.
The Panthers’ boys won 91-79 and the girls won 103-67.
“It feels awesome, they’ve been working really hard this season,” Middle coach Dede Bosacco said. “So I’m really proud of them. We got in the pool four weeks ago, I couldn’t be happier.”
Both Middle teams broke a 31-31 tie with wins in the 100 butterfly.
“Swimming against each other is a ton of fun especially when it’s close like that. Everybody gets hyped,” Middle senior Sean Geary said. “It’s give or take who can win it, but in the end, that second half of the meet, we just really pulled away.”
Geary led the 200 freestyle relay along with Brendon Bartha, Rob Giulian and Zach Hurtado to finish first in 1 minute, 42.56 seconds. Geary also won the 100 breaststroke at 1:10.26.
Bartha won the the 200 individual medley in 2:26.39 with Geary finishing one second behind. Hurtado won the 100 butterfly in 1:06.38 and the 500 free in 5:52.53.
“It’s always a great meet, we practice together, we coach together and it’s a lot of fun. We tied with them last year, but this year we came out on top,” Bosacco said about the boys meet.
Cape May Tech’s Cooper Gehring won the 200 free in 2:11.25. Tyler Flynn won the 50 free in 24.37 seconds, and Corbin Sturgeon won both the 100 backstroke and the 100 free at 1:08.81 and 58.31 seconds, respectively.
“My guys swam really well, and I’m proud of them. The meet did not turn out the way we wanted to, but I can’t ask them to do any better than all their capacity,” Cape May Tech coach Matt McElroy said. “The guys who I needed to swim really well, swam really well. Middle made the right moves and had the right timing.”
Sophia Bosacco, Urvi Patel, Catherine Bostard and Ishika Patel won the girls 200 free relay in 1:50.02. Teammates Lindsey Pane, Elizabeth Bostard, Anna Bond and Miranda Targum also won the 400 freestyle relay at 4:34.83, three seconds ahead of Cape May Tech.
Urvi Patel also won two individual races — the 200 IM (2:36.03) and the 100 breaststroke (1:15.64). Ishika Patel won the 50 free (27.15 seconds), Bosacco won the 100 free (59.22), Targum won the 100 butterfly (1:16.28) and Pane took the 500 free (6:44.33).
“We won this meet with our depth,” Bosacco said about her girls team’s performance.
The Hawks’ Hannah Wilcoxen won the 200 free (2:25.00), and Lindsay Robbins won the 100 backstroke (1:06.69).
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Middle Township 91,
Cape May Tech 79
At Cape May County Special Serivices, yards
200 Medley Relay—Sean Geary, Johnny Lombardelli, Brendon Bartha, Zach Hurtado M 1:56.70; 200 Freestyle—Cooper Gehring CMT 2:11.25; 200 IM—Bartha M 2:26.39; 50 Freestyle—Tyler Flynn CMT 0:24.37; 100 Butterfly—Hurtado M 1:06.38; 100 Freestyle—Corbin Sturgeon CMT 0:58.31; 500 Freestyle—Hurtado M 5:52.53; 200 Freestyle Relay—Bartha, Geary, Rob Giulian, Hurtado M 1:42.56; 100 Backstroke—Sturgeon CMT 1:08.81; 100 Breaststroke—Geary M 1:10.26; 400 Freestyle Relay—Gehring, Sean Wilson, Sturgeon, Gerado D’Antonio CMT 4:07.45.
Records— M 1-0; CMT 1-1.
Middle Township 103,
Cape May Tech 67
At Cape May County Special Services, yards
200 Medley Relay—Urvi Patel, Sophia Bosacco, Miranda Targum, Ishika Patel M 2:03.41; 200 Freestyle—Hannah Wilcoxen CMT 2:25.00; 200 IM—U Patel M 2:36.03; 50 Freestyle—I Patel M 0:27.15; 100 Butterfly—Targum M 1:16.28; 100 Freestyle—Bosacco M 0:59.22; 500 Freestyle—Lindsey Pane M 6:44.33; 200 Freestyle Relay— Bosacco, U Patel, Catherine Bostard, I Patel M 1:50.02; 100 Backstroke—Lindsay Robbins CMT 1:06.69; 100 Breaststroke—U Patel M 1:15.64; 400 Freestyle Relay—Pane, Elizabeth Bostard, Anna Bond, Targum M 4:34.83.
Records—M 1-0; CMT 1-1.