OCEAN CITY - A sweep by Ocean City High School's Amanda Nunan, Gabby Breazeale and Erin Myers in the 200-meter freestyle gave the packed crowd an early clue about the outcome of the girls swimming meet between unbeatens Ocean City and Mainland Regional on Tuesday.
Freshman Nunan won the race in 2 minutes, 7.24 seconds, with Breazeale second and Myers third.
Ocean City, (10-0), the Cape-Atlantic League National Conference champion and No. 2 in The Press Elite 11, controlled the meet by winning 10 of 11 races and won 109-61. Mainland, the CAL American Conference champion and fourth in the Elite 11, is 10-1.
"When I touched the wall I knew about it (the 1-2-3 sweep)," said Nunan, a 15-year-old Ocean City resident. "The crowd really screamed. I was really happy about it. I think as we won more events we all got more and more excited. I'm really proud of everyone."
O.C. senior Noel Styer won the 50-meter freestyle in 26.84 seconds, tying her own school record set at the Hackney Meet on Jan. 11. Styer also took the 100 freestyle by nearly two lengths, and anchored the winning 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams.
Nunan also had a perfect day, winning the 400 freestyle and being part of the two winning freestyle relay teams.
"I'm excited about the win," said Styer, a 17-year-old Longport resident. "We knew Mainland would be tough, and we had to have the depth. When I saw us go 2-3 (in the 200 freestyle) I said, 'We can do this.' We were just gunned the whole time."
Ocean City's Amber Glenn and Aly Chain, both sophomores, finished first and second, respectively, in the 200 individual medley, and senior Rachel Chain, Aly's sister, was second to Styer in the 50 to give the Red Raiders a 42-20 lead at the break.
Aly Chain won the 100 butterfly and Ocean City again took second and third. Rachel Chain won the 100 backstsroke by more than a length. Besides Styer and Nunan, Rachel and Aly Chain, and Breazeale each had two relay wins.
"We swam really well, but we still have a lot of work to do," Ocean City coach Kate Merz said. "There's always room for improvement. We swam really fast, though. They were focused and ready to swim."
Last year Ocean City took first place in the first 10 races against Mainland but had to settle for an 85-85 tie when the Mustangs had greater depth. This time the Red Raiders took second place in seven races.
Glenn, a returning Press first-team All Star, transferred from Atlantic City this year, and the addition of freshman Nunan gives the Red Raiders a big edge.
"We gained Amber and Amanda, so we have a huge amount of talent," said Rachel Chain, a 17-year-old resident of Seaville in Upper Township. "I've never seen a team really want to win as much as we do. I've never been so close with a team like this team."
Mainland's Kelly McGroarty won the 100 breaststroke by two lengths. Megan Bralski finished second for the Mustangs in the 100 freestyle and Mainland won the event 9-7 as Sammy Boswell finished third and Morgan Walls was fourth.
"I'm really proud of the attitude and effort that our team had throughout the entire meet," Mainland coach Mike Schiavo said. "We had personal bests up and down the lineup and we're excited about that at this time of the season. Congratulations to Ocean City. They're a very talented team and we wish them well at the state tournament."
Contact Guy Gargan:
200 Medley Relay-OC (Rachel Chain, Aleva Parker, Aly Chain, Noel Styer) 2:05.10; 200 Freestyle-Amanda Nunan OC 2:07.24; 200 IM-Amber Glenn OC 2:28.43; 50 Freestyle-Styer OC 26.84; 100 Butterfly-A. Chain OC 1:08.12; 100 Freestyle-Styer OC 1:00.14; 400 Freestyle-Nunan OC 4:26.82; 200 Freestyle Relay-OC (Aly Chain, Gabby Breazeale, Nunan, Styer) 1:52.49; 100 Backstroke-R. Chain OC 1:08.40; 100 Breaststroke-Kelly McGroarty M 1:18.86; 400 Freestyle Relay-OC (R. Chain, Glenn, Breazeale, Nunan) 4:10.04.
Records-Mainland 10-1, O.C. 10-0.