This past weekend, Blair swimming traveled to Franklin & Marshall College to compete in the Easterns Tournament. Although the Bucs placed in the middle of the pack, the team made some remarkable accomplishments having broke a school record and earn personal best times throughout the meet.
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, teaches freshman- 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 has also coached swimming and boys' soccer since his arrival at school.
Contact Coach Brandwood at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.
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 Lavalle
Kate Lavalle holds a bachelor’s degree in French language and literature (2006) and master’s degree in French literature and culture (2008) from Boston College. She also earned an MAT from Regis College and taught for 10 years as a part of the French immersion program in the public schools of Milton, Massachusetts. Kate joined Blair’s language faculty in 2018 as a French teacher and swimming coach. Her husband, Tom Pomeroy, is the School’s operations analyst.
View directions to athletic events. To read recaps about past events, go to the "Team News" tab above.
Newton High School DD
||Home||Loss||Girls - 58-110; Boys - 55-111|
Hill Relays @ Lawrenceville
Gill St. Bernard's
||Home||Loss||Girls: 81-82; Boys: 68-75|
||Home||Loss||Girls: 76-86; Boys: 70-91|
||Away||Loss||Girls’: 50-110; Boys’: 49-102|
Rutgers Prep DD
||Home||Girls: 99-68; Boys: 59-105|
||Home||Loss||Girls: 63-101; Boys: 54-110|
Stuart Country Day - Girls
High Point & Wallkill DD
MAPLs @ Peddie
Boys States @ Lawrenceville
Girls States @ Lawrenceville
|Jazlyn Albino||2021||Colorado Springs, CO|
|Karenna Benanti||2019||Tenafly, NJ|
|Victoria Benanti||2019||Tenafly, NJ|
|Andrew Bogdan||2021||Blairstown, NJ|
|Andrew Brooks||2019||W Chesterfield, NH|
|Nathaniel Castimore||2020||Augusta, NJ|
|Sofia Ciminello||2022||Saddle River, NJ|
|Campbell Craig||2021||Wilmington, DE|
|Aavya de Silva||2020||New York, NY|
|Caelan Folino||2022||Princeton, NJ|
|Ryan Green||2019||Greenbrae, CA|
|Anna Insana||2021||Englewood Cliffs, NJ|
|Jillian Jordy||2019||New York|
|Jacob Leddy||2019||Hackettstown, NJ|
|Thomas Merkle||2019||Blairstown, NJ|
|Adeep Nayak||2019||Kuala Lumpur|
|Peyton Schreiber||2022||Andover, NJ|
|Annele Sipols||2021||Sparta, NJ|
|Hunter Small||2019||Colts Neck, NJ|
|Joseph Stockhausen||2020||Randolph, NJ|
|Dianya Tan||2021||Shenzhen, Guangdong|
|Miki Wang||2021||El Paso, TX|
|Summer Will||2019||Hudson, IL|
|Camille Williams||2020||Greenwich, CT|
The Blair swimming team had great performances over the past few weeks.
The Blair swimming team performed well as they won against Hun 107-63. Summer Will '19 continues to break records as she has set a new mark 200 IM with a time of 2:12.40.
|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||
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||2/16/18||1:31.43||Lawless, Leddy, Choi, Brooks|
|400 Free Relay||2/25/17||3:21.01||Brooks, Choi, Tanakulthon, Lawless|
Boys' Pool Records
|200 Medley Relay||1/08/85||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||12/02/17||20.83||Curtis, Pennington|
|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||12/02/17||3:23.28||Pennington|
Girls' School Records
|200 Medley Relay||2/16/18||1:54.69||Williams, Will, Insana, Myrie|
|200 Individual Medley||1/10/18||2:07.82||Summer Will|
|200 Free Relay||2/16/18||1:45.40||Will, Insana, Williams, Myrie|
|100 Breaststroke||2/25/17||1:06.22||Summer Will|
|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||1/10/18||2:12.40||Summer Will (Blair)|
|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||1/10/18||1:08.13||Summer Will (Blair)|
|400 Free Relay||1/29/96||3:44.8||Mo-Beard|