Mainland, O.C. swimmers shine at CAL championships

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coyle Mainland Regional senior Nolan Coyle was named Most Outstanding boys swimmer at the CAL championship meet.

The Ocean City High School girls and the Mainland Regional boys and girls were among the biggest winners at the Cape Atlantic League individual swimming championships Thursday at Atlantic City High School.

Mainland's Nolan Coyle and Ocean City's Amanda Nunan each won two individual races and earned Most Outstanding Swimmer honors.

Nunan, a freshman, set a meet record in the 400 meter freestyle (4:22.04) and also won the 200 freestyle, beating Absegami’s Emily Barnard by more than six seconds. She also swam the anchor leg for Ocean City’s winning 400 free relay.

Coyle won both the boys 200 freestyle and 100 free, beating Vineland’s Mark Novatorskiy in both races. “I was happy that Mark was right there pushing me,” Coyle said. “Those are the best times that I swam so far this year, and he pushed me, so I’ve got to thank him.”

Coyle said he also was inspired by the performance of his teammate, Mainland freshman Brian McGroarty, who won the boys 200 IM with a time of two minutes, 12.97 seconds.

“I was tired after that 200 (free),” Coyle said. “I didn’t think I was going to have much left for the 100, and all the energy from my teammates really helped me. When I saw Brian win, I knew then I could give it all I got.”

Egg Harbor Township freshman Camryn Greenleaf registered an upset victory in the girls 100 meter freestyle, beating favorite Noel Styer of Ocean City by .19 seconds.

“I’m pretty excited about it,” Greenleaf said. “I was watching Noel the whole time, so I knew it was close, but I just wanted to finish to the wall hard. I didn’t know I had won it until I looked up, and then I heard my coaches and teammates screaming. It’s a great feeling.”

Atlantic City's Thien Le broke his own meet record for the third straight year in the boys 100 backstroke, winning the race in 58.14 seconds. Fellow Atlantic City swimmer Rachel Kessler also won a CAL championship in her home pool, capturing the 100 breaststroke over EHT’s Bailey Howarth in 1:16.39.

Mainland’s Meg Bralski won the 100 backstroke in 1:06.36, and also swam the opening leg for the Mustangs in the 200 medley relay, which they won in 2:04.74. Bralski’s teammates in the relay were Kelly McGroarty, Kylie Devine and Sammy Boswell.

The biggest winners of the day were the Ocean City girls, who won five individual events and two relays. In addition to Nunan and Styer, who won the 50 freestyle and swam in two winning relays, Ocean City’s Amber Glenn and Aly Chain each won an individual and relay event.

swimstart Bill LeConey/Swimmers get ready for the start of a race at the CAL championships. nunan Ocean City's Amanda Nunan, middle, poses after her win in the 200 freestyle with second-place Emily Barnard of Absegami, left, and third-place Erin Myers of Ocean City. kessler Atlantic City's Rachel Kessler won the 100 breaststroke. Le Atlantic City's Thien Le broke his own meet record for the third straight year in the 100 backstroke. greenleaf EHT's Camryn Greenleaf, left, after winning the 100 freestyle ahead of Ocean City's Noel Styer, middle, and EHT's Kirsten Rontos. swimgeneral Swimmers compete in one of the CAL championship races Thursday at Atlantic City High School. swimfans Bill LeConey/Fans packed the stands at Atlantic City High School to cheer on their favorite high school swimmers at the CAL championships. glenn Ocean City's Amber Glenn, middle, won the 200 IM ahead of EHT's Bailey Howarth, left, and Ocean City's Aly Chain.


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