As the postseason nears in early February, Newburgh’s boys’ swimming team got a taste during a tri-meet at home Monday, Jan. 11, with Monroe-Woodbury and Section 1 Suffern, of what it takes to compete at the end.
The Crusaders took first place with 459 points, beating Suffern by 14 points as the Goldbacks finished third with 357 points.
“Monroe is loaded. They’ve got guys all up and down,” said Zach Williams, Newburgh’s coach. “We have our hands full here.”
After swimming on Newburgh’s second-place 200-medley relay team, Josh Bryant won the 200 – individual medley with a time of 2:04.90. Nick Fry won the diving completion, which featured 11 divers, with 294.55 points before Juan Peticco and Matt Johnson went 1-2 in the 500 – freestyle.
Ed Domanico beat Monroe-Woodbury’s Liam Allen by a fraction of a second to win the 100-backstroke with a time 59.28. Bryant picked up a second victory when he beat Suffern’s Sean Flynn by nearly two seconds in the 100-breaststroke with a time of 1:03.08.
Newburgh then closed the evening with a victory when Bryant, Domanico, Peticco and Johnson won the 400-freestyle relay with a time of 3:32.72, a touch in front of Suffern’s second-place time of 3:32.88.
Now the Goldbacks get ready for the OCIAA championships in Washingtonville Feb. 5-6. The Section 9 championships follow two weeks later in Montgomery at Valley Central Feb. 18-20.
“It really comes down to did you do your work throughout the year,” said Williams, of the postseason. “Are you prepared and are you ready to swim fast?”
By Bond Brungard