The Mainland Regional High School boys swimming team, back-to-back undefeated state Public B champions, began a new season on Tuesday, Dec. 5 with a 105-65 home win over rival Ocean City.
Brett Clauhs and Erik Truong led the Mustangs with two individual wins apiece. Clauhs won the 200 freestyle in a personal-best 1 minute, 58.81 seconds. He also won by more than eight seconds in the 400 freestyle, and swam in two winning relays for the Mustangs.
Three of Mainland’s top swimmers, brothers Destin and Glenn Lasco, and Joey Rogers, swam only the 200-meter medley relay Tuesday to rest for a club meet in Tennessee this weekend.
Meanwhile, the Mainland girls opened their season with a 95-75 loss to powerhouse Ocean City. Freshman Katie McClintock won the 200 individual medley and dominated the 100 breaststroke. She also anchored Mainland's winning 400 freestyle relay, joined by Chloe DeGaetano, Valerie Speirs and freshman Madeline Falk.
Ocean City senior Ryann Styer, a Longport resident, won the 50 and 100 freestyle races and anchored two winning relays. Styer won the 50 in 26.25 seconds, just .55 seconds off her own school record of 25.7 set last winter. Wallace won the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke, and swam the backstroke leg of O.C.’s 200-meter medley relay.