SEWELL – The Moorestown High School girls swim team is peaking at the right time.
On Thursday afternoon, the Quakers swam what coach John Battersby called the best meet of the season to date, beating Mainland, 103-67, to win their third straight South Jersey Public B title at the Gloucester County Institute of Technology Aquatic Center.
They combined outstanding performances from their center lane swimmers, getting two wins apiece from Emily Wisniewski, who won the 200 free and 100 butterfly, and Catie Shawaryn, who finished first in the 50 and 100 freestyle events, along with strong performances from their outside lane swimmers.
All in all, the Quakers won six of eight individual events and two of three relays. In those eight races, they either finished one-two or one-three in every one of them. In the three they didn’t win, they finished second and third. In the 11 events, they were only out-pointed in two of them.
“We were pretty confident in our center lanes today and the girls in the outside lanes we challenged them in our team meeting,” Battersby said. “Anytime the lights go on, these girls respond. We got outstanding effort from all three lanes. We had time drops all over the place and broke three school records. The girls get up for these meets. Their enthusiasm and the love they have for one another just drives this whole thing.”
Mainland led once, 8-6, after winning the 200 medley relay. But that lead was short-lived as Wisniewski and Ava Snyder led a 1-2-5 finish in the 200 free to put Moorestown in front 17-13. That really set the tone for the rest of the meet as Moorestown swimmers added points in every race.
“Wiz, if I told her to run through that wall she would run through that wall and run through it again coming back” Battersby said. “Whatever we ask her to do, it gets done. Catie’s drive is comparable to Wiz’ and to have those two ladies on our team the last two years has been an incredible catapult to our program.”
Wisniewski said knowing everyone else has your back makes it easier to give your best effort every time you race.
“I think our depth is great and we’re really looking forward to the future and the journey to a state championship,” said Wisniewski. “I just think if we’re going to do it, this is the group to do it with. I think it’s a lot easier to perform to that level when you know you have the whole team behind you.”
Snyder, who also finished second in the 500 free, praised the team’s spirit and commitment to putting forth maximum effort in each race and doing it for each other.
“We get behind each other more than any other team I’ve ever seen,” said Snyder. “We get behind each other and push each other. We know what we have to do and we pull through.”
Mainland’s Katie McClintock won two individual races, the 200 IM and the 100 breast. The rest of the meet belonged to Moorestown. Shawaryn won the sprint free events, Wisniewski picked up her second win in the 100 butterfly, Allie Waggoner won the 500 free and her sister, Maddie, took first in the 100 backstroke.
“The strength we have in the center lane along with the desire, drive, will and talent to be the best they can in whatever they’re doing rubs off on everybody else," Battersby said.
They'll need it to rub off again on Tuesday night when they swim in the state semfinals against an opponent that will be determined after all the sectional finals have been completed.
S.J. Public B Championship
Moorestown 103, Mainland 67
200 medley relay – Mainland (Summer Cassidy, Katie McClintock, Maddy Falk, Grace Gallagher), 1:46.29; 200 free – Emily Wisniewski, Morrestown, 1:53.34; 200 IM – Katie McClintock, Mainland, 2:00.37; 50 free – Catie Shawaryn, Moorestown, 24.13; 100 butterfly – Emily Wisniewski, Moorestown, :56.94; 100 free – Catie Shawaryn, Moorestown, 500 free – Allie Waggoner, Moorestown, 5:03.07; 200 free relay – Moorestown (Emily Wisniewski, Emily Blaskovich, Katerina Poulathas, Catie Shawaryn), 1:39.49; 100 backstroke – Maddie Waggoner, Moorestown, :57.44; 100 breaststroke – Katie McClintock, Mainland, 1:02.36; 400 free relay – Moorestown (Catie Shawaryn, Allie Waggoner, Maddie Waggoner, Emily Wisniewski), 3:35.94.