Mainland girls win SJ swim title on fifth try

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The Mainland Regional High School girls swimming team won its first sectional championship on Wednesday, Feb. 13, defeating Haddonfield 87-83 in the NJSIAA South Jersey Public B final at Gloucester County Institute of Technology.

The top-seeded Mustangs, competing in their third straight sectional final, won the final three events to defeat second-seeded Haddonfield, the defending champion in the section. Mainland had lost four previous sectional titles, all in Public A.

Sydney Boswell placed first in the 100-yard backstroke in 1 minute, 0.20 seconds, and Megan Bralski placed third in that event to cut Haddonfield’s lead to two points. Then, sophomore Harley Illingworth won the 100 breaststroke in 1:16.92 and Casey Bustrus placed third to give Mainland the lead going into the final event, the 400 freestyle relay.

Rylie Devine, Michaela Tighe and Samantha Bosworth set up Illingworth for the anchor leg as the Mustangs won in 3:39.37 to clinch the title.

Sydney Boswell also won the 100 butterfly in a school-record 58.72 seconds, and Samantha Boswell won the 50 freestyle in 25.27.

In another NJSIAA swimming sectional Wednesday, the Holy Spirit High School boys lost to top-seeded Pingry 130-40, in the South Jersey Non-Public B semifinals at Pingry.

In the South Jersey Public A final, the second-seeded Atlantic City High School girls will swim against top seed Cherry Hill East on Thursday, Feb. 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Gloucester Institute of Technology.

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