Swimmer of the Year

Anthony Czar

Egg Harbor Township, Sr.

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The Press Boys Swimmer of the Year. He placed fifth in the 500 freestyle in 4 minutes, 44.27 seconds at the state Meet of Champions, the highest individual finish by a boy at the event. Also was 10th in the 200 freestyle at the meet. A returning Press first-team All-Star, he won the 200 freestyle at the South Jersey Coaches' Meet and the 400 freestyle at the CAL Meet.

First team

Pat Flynn

St. Augustine Prep, Sr.

The three-time Press first-team All-Star was the team leader and top scorer for the 9-2 Hermits, who haven't lost a dual meet to a CAL opponent since 2003. He won the 200-meter freestyle at the CAL Individual Swim Meet and was second in the 100 backstroke. Placed 12th in the Meet of Champions 200 freestyle and was 14th in the 100 backstroke.

Johnny Malatesta

Vineland, Jr.

Finshed seventh at the 100 backstroke in 52.28 seconds and was ninth in the 200 IM at the Meet of Champions. Also helped the Vineland 200 freestyle relay to a second-place finish at the meet. Won the 200 IM at the CAL Meet was on the winning 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams

Eddie Parks

Vineland, So.

The only boy to win two individual races at the CAL Meet, taking the 50-meter freestyle in 24.50 and the 100 butterfly in 58.23. Also was on Vineland's two winning relays. Placed 10th in the MOC 50 freestyle and 12th in the 100 butterfly.

T.J. Merighi

St. Augustine Prep, Sr.

Finished second in the 50 freestyle and third in the 100 freestyle at the CAL Individual Meet, and led off the winning 400 freestyle relay. Won the 50 freestyle and had two relay wins in a 100-70 loss to top-ranked Christian Brothers Academy.

Thien Le

Atlantic City, Jr.

Returning Press first-team All-Star broke his own meet record in winning the 100 backstroke in 58.35 seconds at the CAL individuals. Placed 11th in the MOC 100 backstroke.

James Brown

Absegami, Sr.

A second-year Press first-teamer who won the 100 breaststroke for the second year in a row at the CAL Individual Meet. Also took second in the 200 IM at the meet. Had two individual wins in meets against St. Augustine, Mainland Regional and Egg Harbor Township.

Steven Buzby

Mainland Regional, Sr.

Finished second in both the 200 and 400 freestyle events at the CAL Individual Meet. Also second in the 200 freestyle at the South Jersey Coaches' Meet. Another Press first-team returnee, he helped Mainland to an 11-3 mark. Set the school record in the 400-meter freestyle (4:11.69) and twice broke the school mark in 200-yard freestyle (1:46.51) .

Mark Novatorskiy

Vineland, So.

Won the 100 freestyle at the CAL Individual Meet and had two relay wins. Also finished third in the 200 freestyle at the meet. Led off Vineland's 200 freestyle relay which got second in the MOC in 1:26.56.


Logan McHenry

Atlantic City, Jr.

Won the state boys diving title with a personal best, 11-dive score of 513.60 points, topping a field of 16. A two-time Press first-team All-Star, he won his second straight CAL Individual boys title, scoring a personal best 258.22 for six dives.

Ben Balesteri

Egg Harbor Township, Sr.

A Press first-team All-Star for the third straight year, he finished fourth in the boys state dive meet with a score of 381.50. Also placed second in the CAL Individual boys dive meet (232.5).

John Morris

Cumberland Regional, Sr.

Took third at the state boys diving championship with a 431.95 total. Broke the school record for six-dives three times this season, the last of which set the mark at 224.20.

200 medley relay


Johnny Malatesta, Jr.

Michael Ruberti, Sr.

Eddie Parks, So.

Mark Novatorskiy, So.

200 freestyle relay


Mark Novatorskiy, So.

Michael Ruberti, Sr.

Johnny Malatesta, Jr.

Eddie Parks, So.

400 freestyle relay

St. Augustine Prep

Pat Flynn, Sr.

Sam Newnam, Sr.

Brian Dougherty, Sr.

T.J. Merighi, Sr.

Second team

Tylar Warfle, Sr., Vineland

Nolan Coyle, Jr., Mainland Regional

Luke Filarski, Jr., Egg Harbor Township

Chris McClintock, Sr., Mainland Regional

Sam Newnam, Sr., St. Augustine Prep

John Gregory, So., St. Augustine Prep

George Schieder, Sr., Oakcrest

Austin Goodwin, Sr., Absegami

Matt Taccard, Jr., St. Augustine Prep

Michael Ruberti, Sr., Vineland

Brian Dougherty, Sr., St. Augustine Prep

Oakcrest 200 medley relay

Tyler Baldi, Jr.; George Schieder, Sr., Kyle Risley, Jr., Ryan Leith, Sr.

St. Augustine Prep 200 freestyle relay

T.J. Merighi, Sr.; Sam Newnam, Sr.; Brian Dougherty, Sr.; Pat Flynn, Sr.

Egg Harbor Township 400 freestyle relay

Anthony Czar, Sr.; Brendan Burkett, Sr.; Andrew Schulz, Sr.; Luke Filarski, Jr.

Honorable mention

Atlantic City

Carson Rau, Sr.

Buena Regional

Vlad Kozub, Sr.

Egg Harbor Township

Brendan Burkett, Sr.

Lacey Township

Ben Smith, Jr.

Mainland Regional

Brandon Truong, So.

Paul Berges, So.

Middle Township

Adam Vaul, Jr.


Kyle Risley, Jr.

Ocean City

Michael Fiscus, Fr.

Kevin Gill, So.

St. Augustine Prep

Austin Campbell, Jr.

David Taylor, Sr.

Colin McHugh, So.

St. Augustine Prep

200 medley relay

Matt Taccard, Jr.; Austin Campbell, Jr.; John Gregory, So.; Brian Dougherty, Sr.


200 freestyle relay

Kyle Risley, Jr.; Ryan Leitz, Sr.; Tyler Baldi, Jr.; George Schieder, Sr.

Mainland Regional

400 freestyle relay

Nolan Coyle, Jr.; Paul Berges, So.; Chris McClintock, Sr.; Steven Buzby, Sr.

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