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Swim Team Wins Our 41st Consecutive GMC Title!

On Saturday, January 26, our Swim Team won our 41st consecutive GMC Title with a score of 716.50 points. Read more about the meet in the nj.com article written by Evan Slavit below.

41.


That's how many straight GMC Championship meet titles St. Joseph (Met.) has won after collecting 716.50 points during Saturday's meet.

It was the second time since 2016 that St. Joseph topped 700 points, and the third time in the last four years it won by at least 100.

That monster victory came with a major cherry on top: a new record in the 400 free relay.

Tyler Knurek, Darien Betances, Trent Tighelaar and Michael Botting combined to win the relay with a time of 3:17.20, .21 seconds faster than the record set in 2012, and more than five seconds faster than the next best relay team.

"It was definitely on our minds," Botting said about breaking the record. "We were seeded a tenth off of it and we really wanted it. It was awesome to get that."

St. Joseph also started the day with a win in the 200 medley relay, before Michael Botting stole the show.

The senior missed the first part of the meet, interviewing for the Jefferson Scholarship at the University of Virginia, but still arrived early enough to win two individual events for the second year in a row.

The first was unexpected.

Botting missed the chance to defend his 200 IM title, instead swimming a 100 fly event that Julian Park had dominated the year before.

It didn't seem to help that Botting was seeded in the outside lanes after a seed time that placed him sixth. But, of course, that wound up being his biggest asset.

Park crushed the competition.

He blew past his center lane competitors over the final 50, sitting more than a body length in front of them and hit the wall more than two seconds faster than anyone else...or so it seemed.

But after Park touched the wall, convinced of his triumphant victory, he looked over to his left and saw Botting sitting there with a win by .14 seconds.

"He told me after the race that he couldn't see me at all," Botting said. "He had no idea where I was so I think that helped me a lot. I could see him on my turns." 

Added Park: "I didn't see him the entire race, and then as I touched I looked to my left and I see Michael. I look at the clock and see he beat me by .10. The guy on my left had me at the start, but I thought I was way ahead of everyone at the end." 

It was still an impressive performance for Botting, who had swam the 100 fly in a couple dual meets, but never with a tech suit in a big event.

Botting then defended his title in the 100 back, finishing with a time of 52.93 that was more than three seconds faster than the competition, before Betances earned another victory for the Falcons.

Betances was clearly ready for the 100 breast.

While he didn't enter Saturday with the fastest seed time, the freshman had the best breaststroke split in the 200 IM and simply carried that performance over.

While a slow start could've doomed him, he still held a slight lead after the first 50, and then smoked the competition by nearly half a second over the second half to earn the .43 second win with a time of 59.15.

"That wasn't my plan," Betances said. "I really wanted to attack the whole race, but off the start it just wasn't how I planned. I was just nervous and anxious, and made a lot more mistakes than I wanted. But I still had a pretty good outcome and I'm satisfied with the result."