Swimming and Diving Teams Make a Huge Splash at National Championships

Make it two in a row for the Lady Cougar swimming and diving team. On Saturday evening the women’s swim team won their second straight NJCAA Non-Scholarship National Championship and their forth since the beginning of the program in 1999.

The Lady Cougars were led by Region III female swimmer of the year, Sarah Barr, who finished second in the 200 Backstroke, fifth in the 200 IM, and fourth in the 100 Backstroke. Barr broke school records in the 200 IM (previously set in 2002), 100 Backstroke (previously set in 2001) and the 200 Freestyle (previously set in 2003). Barr achieved CSCAA All American status in all 3 events. Freshman Bobbie Jo Passamonte swam to a fifth place finish in the 500 Freestyle, a fifth place finish in the 400 IM and a fourth place finish in the 1650 Freestyle. Passamonte achieved CSCAA All American Status in all three of her individual events. Sophomore and Captain Alissa Andrews contributed with an eighth place finish in the 400 IM, tenth place in the 1650 Freestyle and a ninth place finish in the 200 Butterfly. Andrews three individual CSCAA All Americans at this meet give her six for her career individually. Other point scorers and CSCAA All Americans included Marie Bowen (tenth in the 100 Breaststroke, 13th in the 1650 Freestyle and 12th in the 100 Breaststroke), Jenn Turner (14th in the 50 Freestyle and 15th in the 200 Freestyle). Divers Laura Trompeter and Lindsey DiMartino finished ninth and 12th respectively). The Lady Cougar Relays swam well also; the 400 Medley Relay was fifth, the 800 relay was thrid, the 200 Freestyle relay was seventh, the 200 Medley relay was fifth, and the 400 Freestyle relay was sixth. All five of the Lady Cougar Relays earned CSCAA All American Status. The Women’s team finished fifth overall. Head Coach Scott Hunsinger was honored as the NJCAA Women’s Swimming Coach of the year for the second straight year.

The men’s team had another great National Championship meet finishing fourth in the Non Scholarship Division and eighth overall. Leading the way was Chad Brooks; Brooks was 12th in the 200 IM breaking a GCC record from 2004. He continued his fast swimming by finishing seventh in the 100 Backstroke and seventh in the 200 Backstroke. Brooks achieved CSCAA All American status in all three events. The Cougars got even more great swims from Josh Sullivan with CSCAA All American swims in the 500 Freestyle (15th), the 400 IM (ninth), and in the 1650 Freestyle (eighth). Cougar relays swam very well achieving CSCAA All American status in the 400 Medley Relay (seventh), the 800 relay (eighth), the 200 Freestyle relay (ninth), the 200 Medley relay (eighth), and the 400 Freestyle relay (eighth).

To wrap up the meet Coach Scott Hunsinger was awarded the NJCAA Dr. Jack Cistriano Distinguished Service Award for his efforts as President of the NJCAA Swimming and Diving Coaches Association.