October 11, 2014
New Jersey Swimming and Speedo Host Record Breaking Ceremony
On Saturday, September 27th, New Jersey Swimming hosted the 1st Annual NJS Records Ceremony at Raritan Valley Community College in Raritan, New Jersey.
With the support of Speedo, 2012 Olympians and 2014 Pan Pacific team members, Conor Dwyer and Alex Meyer were on hand to present New Jersey Swimming athletes with their record breaking certificates. An Olympic gold medal winner, Conor Dwyer, swam on the 4 x200 Freestyle Relay in the London Olympic Games. Open Water Olympian, Alex Meyer, competed in the 10 Kilometer race in London placing tenth.
During the 2013-2014 seasons, seventy-one New Jersey swimmers established 62 individual records and 22 Relay records. Vinny Marciano of Morris County Swim Club led the way with twenty-three individual records. Competing in the 11-12 age group, Vinny is also the National Age Group Record holder in the 50 Yard Freestyle, 100 Yard Freestyle, 50 Yard Backstroke, 100 Yard Backstroke, 50 Yard Butterfly, 50 Meter Backstroke and 100 Meter Backstroke. A Randolph resident, Vinny is one of a select few individuals in the United States to have held multiple National Age Group records at one time. The oldest record removed from the New Jersey Swimming record board was that of John Bennett from the Berkeley Aquatic Club. Achieved in August of 1983, the 31 year old time of 1:02.93 in the Boy’s 11-12 100 Meter Butterfly would have placed him 3rd in the nation for that event this year. Vinny’s time of 1:01.88 shaved 1.05 seconds off the old record. The record breaking athletes represented seventeen teams from the local swim committee, New Jersey Swimming.
At the end of the record ceremony, the doors were open to all New Jersey swimmers and their families. Conor and Alex each made a twenty minute presentation sharing their personal journey to the Olympics. NJS Scholastic All Americans in attendance were introduced to the audience followed by autographs and pictures with the Olympians.
A member of United States Swimming, New Jersey Swimming has over eight thousand members representing approximately seventy teams.