Christian Brothers Academy swimming secured their 27th Shore Conference Championship on Saturday at the Ocean County YMCA.
The Colts notched 429 points in the meet, firmly winning the day over second place Toms River North's 173 points. The program has won every Shore Conference title meet since 1991, the team's first season.
CBA won three individual events during the meet: Joey Huber in the 200 free, Sammy Rennard in the 500 free, John Shea in the 100 backstroke. Shea's win the 100 backstroke was his third consecutive victory in that event at the conference championships.
The Colts also won three relay events: the 200 medley relay team of Huber, Chris McHeffey, Dimitri Maldonado and Shea, the 200 freestyle relay team of Huber, Miller Corrigan, Ryan Burke and Shea, and the 400 freestyle relay team of Huber, Paul Retterer, Connor Wright and Shea.
In the 200 freestyle relay, CBA nabbed a 1-2-3 finish, a rarity in a conference championship relay.
As noted by Evan Slavit of NJ.com, Christian Brothers would have won the championship with 193 points after the 100 fly, but the Colts refused to take their foot off the pedal.
"Something I've learned over the past few years from Coach Vito is unless you're giving your all, you're not giving enough," Shea told NJ.com after the meet. "When we're here in this CBA speedo and cap, we're representing our school. So to slack off in any race, no matter how big our lead may or may not be, that's not what we're taught to do. We're here to uphold something greater than ourselves."
CBA will now turn their attention to finishing their chase for an eighth consecutive state championship. The Colts will swim in the non-public semifinals on February 20th, before the non-public state finals on February 25th.
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