MHS boys, who finished their regular season with a 7-3 record, were seeded 3rd in the North 1 A State sectionals and had a bye in the first round. They faced 6th seeded River Dell in the quarterfinals on February 10. With top finishes by senior captains Makai Charles (100 free) and Kai Michaud (200 free and 500 free) and sophomore Thatcher Smith (100 back) and strong relay performances by Charles, Michaud, Smith and freshman standouts Tommy White (200 medley relay) and Justin Ellis (400 free relay), the Mountie boys easily defeated River Dell 98.5 – 71.5.
Montclair faced undefeated No. 2-seed Passaic County Technical Institute on February 13 in the sectional semi-final and despite outscoring the Bulldogs in the 200 free and the 500 free, were soundly defeated 108 – 62. Michaud earned the only MHS first place finish in the meet. He is the 2017 SEC champion in the 500 free and remains undefeated. In the 200 free, Michaud, freshman Roman Miklaszewski and sophomore Bailey Morganlander finished 2, 3 and 4 to outscore PCTI.
Michaud has qualified for the 2017 NJ Meet of Champions in the 200 and 500 free and the foursome of Michaud, Charles, Smith and Ellis have qualified in the 400 free relay. The four Mounties will be competing on March 4-5 at Gloucester County Technical Institute in Sewell, NJ. Michaud will be swimming for the Lions of TCNJ next year.
MHS Swim Coach Ed Koenigsfest said “The boys team worked incredibly hard this year and I’m happy with our many successes. While we will miss the strong leadership of our amazing seniors, I’m also very excited about watching our talented young swimmers continue to develop in the coming years.”
Photos: Jess Michaud