Swim Program (Boys' & Girls') FAQs
The following questions and answers introduce you to the swimming program at Blair. These questions are often raised by prospective students who are considering the swim team at Blair Academy.
When does the swim season begin/end?
The swim season begins two days after the conclusion of the fall sports season; this is usually about November 15. The season ends about February 18 with the state prep meet.
Is experience necessary?
Although most of the students who come out for the team have had competitive swimming experience at either the club, age-group or high-school level, there are others who have had no formal competitive experience. However, those who lack competitive experience have a strong interest and ability in recreational swimming.
What is the general make-up of the team?
Usually, there are about 28 swimmers equally divided between girls and boys.
How are practices organized?
Boys and girls work out as a single team with the most experienced swimmers in one lane and beginners in another. Each lane has an individualized workout matched to the ability and stroke capabilities of the swimmers in that lane.
How hard are the workouts?
The team works out for about 100 minutes per day, six days a week. The most experienced swimmers swim about 5,000 yards per day and beginners about 3,500 yards.
Are there morning workouts?
No. You will need your sleep after a full "Blair day."
How many dual meets are there during the season?
There are about 10 dual meets during the season. Depending on the number of swimmers, the boys and girls swim as separate teams in dual meets; in these meets, boys' and girls' events alternate.
What type of championship meets are available?
Near the end of the season, we compete in the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) tournament. The season concludes for most of the team with the state prep swimming championships held in mid-February. The Eastern Interscholastic Swimming Championship for both girls and boys takes place at the end of February; this meet is held at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania
and includes the top prep school swimmers in the eastern United States.
What is the general ability of the swimmers on the team?
The ability of the swimmers varies dramatically from year to year. To view the school's records, click the "School Records" tab above. To view the team's past results, click the "Past Results" tab above.
How can I find out more about the swimming program at Blair?
Please feel free to contact head coach Bob Brandwood at (908) 362-6121, ext. 5689, or (908) 362-9352. He would be delighted to speak with prospective students or meet with them during a campus visit.
Meet Coach Brandwood
Bob Brandwood, appointed in 1985, serves as chairman of the English department and teaches junior- and senior-level English. He graduated from the University of Wales U.K., with a BA and earned a postgraduate certificate in education from Leicester University, U.K., followed by an MA in English from Middlebury College. Prior to coming to Blair, Bob taught English in a government school in northern England and also worked for two years teaching English in a small village school on the edge of the Kalahari Desert. During his tenure at Blair, Bob has taught at every grade level and had a hand in shaping the course of study currently adopted by the English department. He also coaches boys'
Meet Coach Wilson
Caroline Wilson joined the admission office in 2013 after receiving her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. At Williams, Caroline was a member of the varsity swim team, where in addition to being named the NCAA Division III swimmer of the year in 2013, she was a 13-time Division III National Champion and a seven-time Division III NCAA national record holder. In addition to working in the admission office and teaching Advanced Placement Psychology at Blair, Caroline coaches the varsity swim team in the winter and the girls' JV lacrosse team in the spring. She lives in Insley Hall, where she also does dorm duty.
Meet Coach Hall
Allie Hall joined Blair’s science faculty in 2015; she teaches accelerated and honors chemistry, and coaches girls’ JV soccer and varsity swimming. A 2015 graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, she worked as a chemistry teaching intern in 2014 at Phillips Exeter Summer School in Exeter, New Hampshire. Allie was an MIT varsity swimmer and served as a mentor in the school’s Best Buddies program, a volunteer organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities through one-on-one friendships. She lives and serves dorm duty in Locke Hall.
|12/3||Pennington||Away||2:00 pm||Boys: 71.5-98.5-Girls: 54-116 L|
|12/7||Vernon||Home||4:15 pm||Boys: 113-43-Girls: 101-69 W|
|12/10||Hill Relays||Away||1:30 pm|
|1/6||Kittatinny Regional H.S.||Home||4:15 pm||Boys 85-85 T -Girls 71-98 L|
|1/11||Hun||Home||4:00 pm||99-71 W|
|1/14||Stuart (Girls)||Home||3:30 pm||PPD|
|1/18||Pope John||Home||4:15 pm||Boys W 97 - 73 -Girls L 52-116|
|1/25||High Point/Wallkill||Home||4:15 pm||Boys W 105-56-Girls L 71-99|
|2/4||MAPLs @ Peddie||Away||2:00 pm|
|2/7||Boys States @ Lawrenceville||Away||2:00 pm|
|2/8||Girls States @ Lawrenceville||Away||1:30 pm|
|2/11||Stuart (Girls)||Home||4:00 pm||Canc.|
|2/24||Easterns @ Franklin & Marshall College||Away|
|2/25||Easterns @ Franklin & Marshall College||Away|
|12/4||Rutgers Prep||Home||4:30 pm||146-98 W|
|12/4||Belvidere||Home||4:30 pm||146-64 W|
|12/7||Newton||Home||4:15 pm||Boys: 74 - 96-Girls: 72 - 98 L|
|12/9||Vernon||Home||4:15 pm||Boys: 106 - 54-Girls: 92 - 74 W|
|12/12||Hill Relays||Away||1:30 pm||Boys - 6th Place-Girls - 5th Place|
|1/7||Kittatinny Regional||Home||4:15 pm||Boys: 93 - 76-Girls: 68 - 102|
|1/11||Wallkill||Home||4:15 pm||Boys: 90 - 48-Girls: 126 - 23 W|
|1/13||Hun||Home||4:00 pm||103-67 W|
|1/15||Pennington||Home||4:30 pm||Girls: 84 - 86-Boys: 60 - 101 L|
|1/20||Pope John||Home||4:30 pm||Boys: 78 - 91-Girls: 57 - 113 L|
|1/27||High Point||Home||4:15 pm||Boys: 90 - 72-Girls: 80 - 90|
|2/2||Boys States @ Lawrenceville||Away||2:00 pm||4th Place|
|2/3||Girls States @ Lawrenceville||Away||1:00 pm||8th Place|
|2/6||MAPLs @ Peddie||Away||2:00 pm|
|2/19||Easterns @ LaSalle University||Away|
|2/20||Easterns @ LaSalle University||Away||
|12/4||Wallkill||Home||4:00 pm||Boys: 109 - 48-Girls: 120 - 43 W|
|12/9||Newton||Home||4:00 pm||Boys: 71 - 98-Girls: 74 - 93 L|
|12/11||Pope John||Home||4:15 pm||Boys: Win 93 - 73-Girls: Loss 84 - 86|
|1/9||Rutgers Prep & Belvidere||Home||4:30 pm||Blair: 96-Rutgers Prep: 96 - Belvidere: 32|
|1/14||Hun||Home||4:00 pm||115-55 W|
|1/17||Pennington||Away||2:00 pm||Girls: 65 - 104-Boys: 44 - 119 L|
|1/21||Vernon||Home||4:00 pm||Boys: W 90-75-Girls: L 80-88|
|1/26||Kittatinny Regional||Home||4:15 pm||Canc.|
|1/28||High Point||Home||4:00 pm||Girls: L 74 - 96-Boys: W 116 - 50|
|2/3||Boys' States @ Lawrenceville||Away||2:00 pm||5th Place|
|2/4||Girls' States @ Lawrenceville||Away||1:00 pm||6th Place|
|2/7||MAPLs @ Peddie||Away||2:00 pm|
|2/20||Easterns @ LaSalle University||Away|
|2/21||Easterns @ LaSalle University||Away||
|12/3||Pope John||Home||4:15 pm|| Boys 58.5-111.5 L
Girls 49-121 L
|12/6||Rutgers Prep||Home||4:30 pm||91-79 W|
|12/11||Vernon||Home||4:15 pm||Boys 83-84.5 L
Girls 110-50 W
|1/10||Wallkill||Home||4:15 pm||Boys 124 - 35 W
Girls 95 - 75 W
|1/13||Belvidere||Home||5:15 pm||132-37 W|
|1/15||Hun||Home||4:00 pm||135-35 W|
|1/18||Pennington||Home||1:30 pm||Boys 52 - 118 L
Girls 73 - 97 L
|1/22||Kittatinny Regional||Home||4:00 pm|| Boys 70 - 98 L
Girls 100 - 69 W
|1/25||Hill||Away||4:00 pm|| Boys 76 - 95 L
Girls 74 - 95 L
|1/28||High Point||Home||4:00 pm||Boys 103 - 61 W
Girls 80 - 90 L
|2/4||Boys' States @ Lawrenceville||Away||2:00 pm||5th Place|
|2/5||Girls' States @ Lawrenceville||Away||1:00 pm||Postponed|
|2/6||Girls' States @ Lawrenceville||Away||1:00 pm||6th Place|
|2/8||MAPLs @ Peddie||Away||2:00 pm|
Boys' School Records
|200 Medley Relay||2/24/85||1:43.5||Molgen, Ament, Dusek, Gwynne.B.|
|200 Individual Medley||1/15/86||1:59.0||Rutherfurd|
|200 Free Relay||2/6/16||1:33.52||Lawless, J. Robinson, W. Robinson, Rubio|
|400 Free Relay||2/14/90||3:22.4||Roethke, Haase, Passannante, Johnson|
Boys' Pool Records
|200 Medley Relay||1/08||1:44.6||Pennington|
|200 Freestyle||2/9/85||1:46.8||Molgen (Blair)|
|200 Individual Medley||1/15/86||1:59.0||Rutherfurd (Blair)|
|50 Free||2/22/86||21.6||Rutherfurd (Blair)|
|100 Fly||2/7/86||52.0||Rutherfurd (Blair)|
|100 Free||1/18/86||47.0||Rutherfurd (Blair)|
|500 Free||12/7/84||4:48.0||Molgen (Blair)|
|200 Free Relay||12/7/15||1:34.44||Newton|
|100 Back||2/7/07||54.1||Skoda (Blair)|
|100 Breaststroke||2/7/86||59.8||Rutherfurd (Blair)|
|400 Free Relay||2/19/84||3:26.0||McGuire, Ament, Dusek, Molgen|
Girls' School Records
|200 Medley Relay||2/21/14||1:59.18||Shi, S. Lawless, Middleton, Garvey|
|200 Individual Medley||12/14/88||2:16.4||Taylor|
|200 Free Relay||2/7/15||1:47.21||Garvey, Sexton, Shi, Middleton|
|400 Free Relay||2/22/14||3:48.94||Shi, Garvey, S. Lawless, Middleton|
Girls' Pool Records
|200 Medley Relay||1/16/10||1:57.2||Pennington|
|200 Freestyle||12/9/87||1:56.9||Ryan (Mo-Beard)|
|200 Individual Medley||1/9/90||2:12.5||Prideaux (Sparta)|
|50 Free||12/3/13||25.30||Pilgrim (Pope John)|
|100 Fly||3/13/76||57.0||Soden (MTCL)|
|100 Free||1/29/96||55.2||Lloyd (Mo-Beard)|
|500 Free||12/9/87||5:10.6||Ryan (Mo-Beard)|
|200 Free Relay||2/13/99||1:45.4||Hill School|
|100 Back||2/8/07||1:02.9||Anderson (Blair)|
|100 Breaststroke||2/8/07||1:11.6||Tilney (Blair)|
|400 Free Relay||1/29/96||3:44.8||Mo-Beard|