Brunswick School

Brunswick School swimming team places a strong third at NEPSAC Division I Championships at Andover

Brunswick School’s swimming/diving team put the finishing touch on a highly successful season with a third-place finish in the team standings at the ultra-competitive NEPSAC Division I Championships, held Saturday and Sunday at Phillips Academy Andover in Massachusetts.

The host school, Phillips Academy Andover, won the team title at the NEPSAC Division I Championships, earning a team score of 490 points. Deerfield Academy placed second with 338.5 team points and Brunswick placed third at the 11-team meet, posting 316 points.

The Bruins registered a sixth-place finish in the first event of the NEPSAC Division I Championships – the 200-yard medley relay. Peter Michalik, Andrew Tu, JP Lavin and Jack Morningstar combined for a time of 1:37.37 for the Bruins. Andover won the event in a pool record time of 1:30.44.

Freshman Connor Ohl led Brunswick in the 200-yard freestyle at the NEPSAC Division I finals, finishing fourth with a time of 1:42.33 and providing the team with 15 points. The race was won by Andover junior Raphael Sibuet (1:38.92).

Ben Wu, a junior, had the Bruins’ best finish in the 200-yard individual medley at the championship meet, touching the wall in 1:52.85. Suffield Academy sophomore John Rusnock won the 200 IM title (1:49.61, pool record). In the 50 freestyle, Brunswick senior Patchy Mullen earned the silver medal, clocking in at 20.97 seconds. Bruins senior Ryan Ohl turned in a fourth-place finish (21.18).

A highlight of the NEPSAC Division I championship meet for Brunswick was junior Ben Wu’s winning effort in the 100-yard butterfly. Wu won the event in 48.51 seconds – an All-American time. Right behind him was Andover senior Marcel Liu, who posted an All-American time of 48.87. Morningstar was 10th for the Bruins in the race (52.00).

Junior Ryan Ohl provided another highlight for the Bruins, winning the NEPSAC 100-yard freestyle title, registering a time of 45.79. Freshman Connor Ohl, took the third-place medal in the 500 freestyle, showing his endurance with a time of 4:40.48. Teammate Rory O’Connor, a junior, finished fifth (4:41.79). Sibuet of Andover was the 500 freestyle champion (4:35.07, pool record).

In an exciting, fast, 200-yard medley relay race, Brunswick recorded a winning, All-American finish. Wu, Connor Uhl, Mullen and Ryan Uhl combined for an All-American and pool record time of 1:22.69. Deerfield Academy was the runner-up (1:24.33). The 100-yard backstroke saw Michalik place fourth for Brunswick (51.90) and Morningstar finish ninth (53.69).

Mullen got the bronze medal in the 100 breaststroke (56.01), which was won by Phillip Exeter’s Liu (55.80, All-American time). The Bruins ended the New England meet in style, as Wu, Connor Ohl, Mullen and Ryan Ohl won the 400-freestyle relay in an All-American/pool record time of 3:02.78.

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