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Peddie Men's Swim Team Has Historic Easterns

The men's team won almost every event.

The Peddie Men's Swim Team had a historic weekend at the 113th Easterns Interscholastic Swim and Diving Championship winning every event in the two-day meet, except the 50-yard freestyle, according to Peddie School website.

Michael Nunan '13 won his second Easterns title, capturing the 500 freestyle in 4:18.88 and setting a new school record. Nunan broke the record which was originally set in 1991 at Easterns by Jim Wells '92 in a time of 4:21.98.

Nunan also swam a 1:36.56 in the 200 freestyle and broke the 1991 meet and school record of 1:36.69, also  established by Wells, the former USC All-American and member of the Peddie Sports Hall of Fame. Nunan received the Male Swimmer of the Meet Award. 

Peddie finished with 459.5 points, well ahead of runner-up Malvern (320), Loyola Blakefield (315), Phillips Academy 253, Haverford School 210 and the host team Germantown Academy (191). The Falcon girls finished third with 326 points behind runner-up Episcopal (395) and first place Germantown (543).

The Falcon boys beat the school record and tying the meet record with a 2:59.98 in the 400 freestyle relay. The meet record was previously made by the Bolles School in 1991. Junior Patrick Park led off with a 45.56, followed by Bradley Cline '13 (44.56), junior Josh Daniel (45.59) and anchor Nunan (44.27). The three-minute barrier is legendary within the sport of high school swimming in the 400 freestyle relay and the Peddie foursome became just the third high school team to accomplish this feat. The previous Peddie record was 3:01.97, raced by Wells, Greg Goldfield, Rick Dzavik and Peter Wright at 1991 Easterns. 

Joseph Lane '13 also made a record his name on the Peddie record board with a 49.18 in the 100 backstroke to win the Easterns title and lower former Olympian Royce Sharp's '91 standard of 49.36 set at the 1991 Easterns. Lane was just .02 seconds off the meet record. Cline hit the wall third going under the 50-second barrier with a 49.89.

In the 200 individual medley on Friday night, Cline took down the defending champion Alex Lebed of Germantown Academy, winning the event in 1:48.31, just .21 seconds off the school and meet record of 1:48.10 established by the late Nick Kaschik '98 at 1998 Easterns. 

Park sprinted to victory in the 100 freestyle clocked in 45.32. In the morning prelims on Friday, Park broke the Peddie 100 butterfly record with a 48.62, eclipsing the old mark of 49.20 set by Kyle Egan '98 in 1998.

Last year's 100 breaststroke champion senior Forrest Davis came from behind in the last 25 to get the gold in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 55.53.

On the girls' side, sophomore Emily Schroeder was the only swimmer to reach the 'A' Final, taking fifth in the 100 freestyle in 52.21. The 400 freestyle relay team of junior Melissa Yau, junior Madison Fitzgerald, freshman Sariyah Sherry and Schroeder finished in third with a 3:31.23.

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