HANOVER TOWNSHIP — On Saturday, January 26, Park Swim Team qualified in the Boy’s 200 Freestyle Relay for the New Jersey Meet of Champions, which will be held at Gloucester County Institute of Technology on March 2-3, 2019.
The Park Swim Team is a team made up of swimmers from both Hanover Park High School and Whippany Park High School. Head coach is Mr. Gregory Mills and Karlita Iduante is Assistant Coach.
The New Jersey Meet of Champions is the most prestigious meet of the year for high school swimmers.
There are only about 30 swimmers that qualify in each event, and many of the meet’s winning times become national high school records. The boys team of Nolan Danus, Jonathan Kao, Sean Giordano, and Rob Mierzwinski qualified in the 200 Freestyle Relay at the Morris County Meet of Champions.
The boys went 1:43.73, which was well under the qualifying time of 1:44.95. Jon Kao led off the relay in 26.08, followed by Rob Mierzwinski in 26.24, then Sean Giordano in 26.10, and finally Nolan Danus in 25.31.
“This is the first time since 2004 that Park Swim team has had a relay team qualify for the meet,” according to Mr. Gregory Mills.
In addition to the relay, three swimmers qualified in the individual events. Freshman Sean Giordano qualified in the 100 Fly with a time of 52.75.
Junior Sarah Bernstein was the only girl to qualify from Park swim. She swam the 100 back in 1:00.40 and the 50 Free in 24.80. Junior Nolan Danus (co-captain) qualified in the 500 Free in 4:52.39, 100 Breast in 58.89, and 200 IM in 1:54.01.
The meet only allows swimmers to swim in a maximum of two events and two relays, so Nolan will only swim 200 IM and 100 Breast.