Swimming

Varsity

Overview

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 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 the Coaches

Meet Coach 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 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.

Schedule

View directions to athletic events. To read recaps about past events, go to the "Team News" tab above.

Opponent Date Time Advantage Result Score Status
vs.
Pennington
Home Loss 115-216
vs.
Kittatinny
Home Win 87-69, 95-72
Hill Relays
Away CANCELLED
vs.
Hun
Home Win 107-63
vs.
Newton High School
Home Loss 143-185
vs.
Pope John
Home CANCELLED
vs.
Stuart Country Day
Home CANCELLED
vs.
High Point, Wallkill Valley
Home Boys: 70-95, Girls: 79-91
vs.
Delbarton School
Home Loss 66-104
TBD - MAPLs @ Peddie
TBD
TBD - States @ Lawrenceville (Boys)
TBD
TBD - States @ Lawrenceville (Girls)
TBD
TBD - Easterns @ TBD
TBD
TBD
TBD - Easterns @ TBD
TBD
TBD

Roster

Name Class Hometown
Alexa Bazsa 2018 Lafayette, NJ
Karenna Benanti 2019 Tenafly, NJ
Victoria Benanti 2019 Tenafly, NJ
Andrew Brooks 2019 West Chesterfield, NH
Nathaniel Castimore 2020 Augusta, NJ
Justin Choi (captain) 2018 Fort Lee, NJ
Aavya de Silva 2020 New York, NY
Wai Sze Fong 2018 New York, NY
Ava Gamble 2021 Yardley, PA
Caroline Haywood 2018 Franklin Lakes, NJ
Samantha Hui Bon Hoa (captain) 2018 Hong Kong
Anna Insana 2021 Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Xilun Jiang 2020 Beijing
Jillian Jordy 2019 New York
James Joyce 2018 McLean, VA
Alec Lawless (captain) 2018 Bethlehem, PA
Quynh Le 2021 Ha Noi
Jacob Leddy 2019 Hackettstown, NJ
Seung Min Lee 2018
Xinyi Lu 2021 Midland, MI
Thomas Merkle 2019 Blairstown, NJ
Tiara Myrie 2018 Kingston 5
Adeep Nayak 2019 Kuala Lumpur
Serena Ninomiya 2019 Osaka
Olivia Scialla 2020 Blairstown, NJ
Annele Sipols 2021 Sparta, NJ
Sofia Sorensen 2019 Highland, UT
Joseph Stockhausen 2020 Randolph, NJ
Julia Thomas 2020 Bedminster, NJ
Linda Thomas-Galloway 2021 New York, NY
Sydney Walters (captain) 2018 East Hampton, NY
Miki Wang 2021 El Paso, TX
Summer Will 2019 Hudson, IL
Camille Williams 2020 Summit, NJ

Team News

News & Recaps

Photos

View more photos from the 2017-2018 season or past years on Blair's Flickr.

Past Results

Winter 2017-2018

Opponent Date Result Score
vs.
Kittatinny
Win 87-69, 95-72
vs.
Hun
Win 107-63
vs.
Newton High School
Loss 143-185
vs.
High Point, Wallkill Valley
Boys: 70-95, Girls: 79-91
vs.
Delbarton School
Loss 66-104

Winter 2016-2017

Date Opponent Location Time Results
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

Winter 2015-2016

Date Opponent Location Time Results
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

Winter 2014-2015

Date Opponent Location Time Results
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

School Records

Boys' School Records

Event Date Time Holder
200 Medley Relay 2/24/85 1:43.5 Molgen, Ament, Dusek, Gwynne.B.
200 Freestyle 2/21/92 1:41.8 Passannante
200 Individual Medley 1/15/86 1:59.0 Rutherfurd
50 Free 1/24/86 21.2 Rutherfurd
100 Fly 2/7/86 52.0 Rutherfurd
100 Free 2/22/92 46.7 Passannante
500 Free 2/13/85 4:44.6 Molgen
200 Free Relay 2/24/17 1:32.60 Brooks, Robinson, Tanakulthon, Lawless
100 Back 2/7/07 54.1 Skoda
100 Breaststroke 2/7/86 59.8 Rutherfurd
400 Free Relay 2/25/17 3:21.01 Brooks, Choi, Tanakulthon, Lawless

Boys' Pool Records

Event Date Time Holder
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

Event Date Time Holder
200 Medley Relay 2/21/14 1:59.18 Shi, S. Lawless, Middleton, Garvey
200 Freestyle 2/6/16 1:59.08 Middleton
200 Individual Medley 2/24/17 2:07.82 Summer Will
50 Free 2/20/15 24.71 Middleton
100 Butterfly 2/17/10 58.90 Anderson
100 Free 2/21/15 53.88 Middleton
500 Free 1/23/89 5:19.1 Taylor
200 Free Relay 2/7/15 1:47.21 Garvey, Sexton, Shi, Middleton
100 Back 2/21/09 1:00.05 Anderson
100 Breaststroke 2/8/07 1:06.22 Summer Will
400 Free Relay 2/22/14 3:48.94 Shi, Garvey, S. Lawless, Middleton

Girls' Pool Records

Event Date Time Holder
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 1/18/17 1:09.78 Summer Will (Blair)
400 Free Relay 1/29/96 3:44.8 Mo-Beard