The Trinity Hall swim team did it again.
After a 50-point season-opening loss to Peddie at the Neptune Aquatic Center on Dec. 2, the top-seeded Monarchs dominated the rest of its season and capped it off with a 117-53 victory over second-seeded Newark Academy to capture its third straight NJSIAA Non-Public B championship at The College of New Jersey in Ewing on Feb. 24.
Trinity Hall won all 11 events in the championship, clinching it with a 1-2 finish of in the 200 freestyle relay as senior Lauren Joyce won her first of two individual events with a time of 1:56.38. Joyce also won the 100 breaststroke (1:12.54).
Trinity Hall (9-2) ended its season winning its last five and nine of its last 10 meets.
“The state final was the perfect ending to our season, as everyone swam well and enjoyed being part of the experience,” said Trinity Hall head coach Alyssa Morreale, who completed her fifth season at the helm. “We won every event, led by four double-winners in the individual events and victories in all three relay events. We also went 1-2-3 inâ€¯theâ€¯200 individual medley which was exciting.”
Joyce, sophomore Madeline Condon, sophomore Catherine Wright, and freshman standout Jessica Zebrowski won the 200 IM in 1:53.02.â€¯
Zebrowski won two events: the 50 freestyle (:25.15) and a thrilling .08 second triumph (:58.97) in the 100 butterfly.
Other first-place winners for Trinity Hall included: Wright (500 free, 5:17.99), Condon (100 free, 0:55.87, 100 backstroke, 0:59.78).
“Although this was our third state title, it was differentâ€¯than the others because it's the first one we've won without our founding class of swimmers who started the program in 2013 and graduated last year. They were a very talentedâ€¯group that we knew would be hard to replace, so the fact that we were able to continue that winning tradition they started proves that we are aâ€¯team with the potential to stay on top for years to come,” said Morreale. “Since we are only graduating four swimmers this year, we are confident that we can defend our title next year, too.â€¯ Our swimmers worked hard all season, and many of them made some impressive improvements to help our team earn another Top 20 state ranking by the end ofâ€¯the season. It's a privilege to coach such dedicated and inspiring student-athletes.”