Boys Varsity Swimming
Game Summaries & Headlines.
By Owen O'Brien Newsday
(St. Anthony's has only taken their section of the article, this is the full article)
Justin Meyn, St. Anthony’s, Sr.
Meyn’s final individual varsity swim couldn’t have gone much better -- he won the 100 freestyle in an All-American consideration time of 45.40.
“To win that state title is everything I’ve been working toward since my freshman year at St. Anthony’s,” said Meyn, who is committed to Binghamton University. “Basically, everything came together and I couldn't ask to think of a better way to finish my individual career than with a win.”
Meyn was also a member of the Friars’ 200 and 400 free relay championships.
“He sets the example,” said coach Dan McBride after the CHSAA championships. “He wants his team to push themselves to the limits, and he’ll do it first. He’ll be the first guy out there to push himself with everything’s he’s got.”
St. Anthony 200 free relay
Mark Owens, Jr., Christopher Stange, Jr., William Swartwout, Jr., Justin Meyn, Sr.
St. Anthony’s takes great pride in its relays. And led by Meyn, the Friars didn’t want to be a group to leave the pool without a title. They did not disappoint, winning the state crown in an All-American automatic time of 1:24.37.
For Meyn, the relay victories (he was also a member of the 400 free relay team) are even en even more rewarding than his state title in the 100 free. “I like relays a lot more than the individual events because you have a group of guys that are beside you and ready to race and they get you going,” he said. “For those two relays, for us to win in the times we went, it’s something special that I’ll always remember.”
St. Anthony’s 400 free relay
Justin Meyn, Sr., Christopher Stange, Jr., Dylan Champagne, Sr., William Swartwout, Jr.
The Friars wanted to make sure they ended the state meet with an exclamation point, and that's exactly what they did -- winning the 400 free relay in a school-record time of 3:06.49.
That clinched the team championship for St. Anthony's.
“That was an awesome way to end it,” Champagne said. “For the seniors, we really wanted to go out on a high note, end this meet with an exclamation point and I think we went out there and swam our hearts out and it’s just a great way to end your career on varsity.”