Southern Regional’s Sean White Makes History at State Championship Meet

Brilliant: Southern Regional senior Sean White capped his superb profession by turning into the initially Rams swimmer to reach the finals of an celebration in the NJSIAA Point out Championships on March 6, positioning 14th in the 100-yard breaststroke. (Photograph by David Biggy)
Sean White hadn’t swum competitively for almost 5 months prior to likely up in opposition to the ideal breaststrokers in the condition this past weekend.
“I’d go to St. Francis (Aquatic Centre) with any volunteers who needed to go with me, each day for about an hour,” claimed the Southern Regional Substantial University senior, who on Saturday, March 5, capable for Sunday’s finals in the 100-property breaststroke throughout the NJSIAA Condition Championships at Gloucester County Institute of Technologies. “I just stored up with my coaching, did a whole lot of sprints just about every day. I did whichever I could to remain in racing form.”
White last competed together with his teammates through the normal season finale on Jan. 25, a victory around Jackson Memorial that concluded a 10- season. Regrettably, the Rams didn’t get the opportunity to swim in the team state match – they have been edged by Jap Regional for the eighth spot in the South Jersey Team A sectional tourney by 3.5 details.
“It was a bummer not staying capable to go to the workforce state event,” White explained. “Regardless, I was swimming for an additional thirty day period as I ready for the unique championships. No one saw me coming.”
Of the 36 swimmers who certified and raced in the preliminaries, 24 had competed with their groups right until at minimum Feb. 17 – swimmers who have been part of groups that experienced built it to condition semifinals or championship satisfies, which were contested Feb. 26 at Gloucester Tech.
Even with the downside of not getting competed in this kind of a long time, White took his meet up with qualifying time of 59.35 seconds and went into Saturday’s preliminaries with assurance.
“I felt fantastic,” he explained. “I had a new Arena tech accommodate, acquired especially for me for this meet up with, and considering that I was ranked outdoors the preliminary finals, I felt like I could sneak in there.”
Excellent ENDING: Southern senior Sean White (next from remaining) gathers with the coaching personnel following his 14th-put end in the 100-garden breaststroke all through the NJSIAA Point out Championships on March 6. (Courtesy of Southern Swimming)
Following clocking a university file 59.07 seconds, White certified for the 16th and final situation for the finals, squeezing in forward of Union City’s Angel Velasquez (59.15) and at the rear of St. Augustine Prep’s Dante Buonadonna (59.01) and Gloucester Tech’s T.J. Moderski (58.91).  It was the very first time in Southern heritage one of its Rams skilled for the finals of an celebration in the championship fulfill. James Loftus, the only other Ram at any time to qualify for the finale, put 59th with a time of 22.98 seconds in the 50-property freestyle in 2015.
White returned the future working day for the finals and did not touch the wall in document time – he completed with a time of 59.21 seconds – but nevertheless managed to tie Buonadonna for 14th spot, .30 forward of Linden’s Lukas Mikulenas, who experienced certified 12th the working day prior to, and .07 powering Tenafly’s Andrew Lee. Cherry Hill East senior Nick Shorter gained the event with a time of 55.95 seconds. White was the only swimmer from Ocean County who competed in the party.
“I did not split 59 seconds, but I’m not upset with my overall performance,” he said. “I’m delighted with it. I manufactured it to the finals, and the sweetest section was I did not consider past. This was my final race, so I just remaining it all in the pool. I went all the way to the conclude of the season, and I couldn’t have requested for a improved ending to my occupation.”
Just after graduation in June, White, who experienced expended the previous various summers as a lifeguard for Surf City Beach front Patrol, is headed to the U.S. Military, where by he intends to just take up beat medic teaching at Fort Sam Houston just before a stint with the 82nd Airborne at Fort Benning.
“As a coaching workers, we’re quite proud of the do the job Sean had place into the last 4 yrs,” mentioned head mentor Patrick Craig. “He went against some strong competitiveness in the condition finals, and prospects are he was 1 of a handful of swimmers who swim only a few months of the yr. He completed wonderful items throughout his career.”
— David Biggy

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