Maggie Wallace won two individual events and participated on a winning relay team earlier in the week as the Ocean City girls swim team made its presence felt at the state Meet of Champions at Gloucester County Institute of Technology in Sewell.
It was a fitting ending to another stellar season for Coach Abby Latorre’s Red Raiders who went 8-2 in South Jersey B competition and 9-4 overall in dual meets.
Wallace, a senior, is one of the most versatile performers on the team, having seen action in the freestyle at a variety of distances, the backstroke, butterfly and individual medley. But in last weekend’s meet of champs, her freestyling was dominating.
Wallace set a new meet record in the 500 freestyle, clocking in at 4:26.27, shattering the old mark set by Ocean City’s Amanda Nunan in 2016. She also took first place in the 200 freestyle in 1:48.75.
The Red Raiders’ 200 freestyle relay squad of Alex Antonov, Claudia Schebin, Wallace and Ryann Styer raced to a meet record of 1:34.61 in winning the event. The old mark of 1:35.31 was held by Hillsborough.
Wallace, Andrea Toefanova, Antonov and Styer were second to Immaculate Heart Academy in the 400 freestyle relay.
Styer, who also finished fifth in the 100 freestyle, took second in the 50 freestyle with a 23.14 clocking. Winner Darlene Fung of Pingry School set a meet record of 22.08 for the win.