Greenfields of West Deptford: the Favorite in the Weekend Tri-County Swim Championships

Greenfields of West Deptford: the Favorite in the Weekend Tri-County Swim Championships
One of the largest South Jersey sporting events of the summer will conclude another season when the Tri-County Swim League holds its annual championship on Saturday and Sunday at Greenfields Swim Club in West Deptford.
 
It is appropriate that Greenfields is hosting the championship because the Turtles will enter the Tri-County Swim championships as the favorite.
 
That’s because Greenfields won the A Division with a 5-0 mark. That is a division that includes defending Tri-County champion Wedgewood of Haddonfield and last year’s defending Division A champ Pomona of Riverton.
 
There are 33 teams competing in six divisions in Tri-County. The division winner in all but the A Division, move up one division next year. The last place team in every Division but F, will move down a division next season.
 
The Tri-County champion is usually a team that competes in the A Division. Wedgewood has been the most dominant team recently. Beginning in 2013, the Ducks won four straight Tri-County championships before Pomona won in 2017 and Wedgewood then recaptured the title last year.
 
This year a lack of depth has hurt Wedgewood, which went 2-3 in Division A.
 
Greenfields, coached by Nancy Curtis Pegues, has enjoyed tremendous depth in winning Division A. The Turtles closest meet was a 46-poitns win over Deer Brook of Medford.
 
In addition to winning Division A, Greenfields tuned up for the Tri-County Championships by winning the Peach Bowl, which is the Gloucester County championship meet.
 
It was the third straight Peach Bowl title and eighth in the last 10 years for Greenfields.
 
Tri-County teams consist of co-ed swimmers from ages 8-and-under to 18-and-under. Leading the way for Greenfields in the Peach Bowl win was Gabe Condit, who set a record in the 11-12 boys 50-meter butterfly and was part of two winning relays that also set meet records.
 
Not surprisingly, the two teams right below Greenfields in the Division A standings, second place Pomona and third place Deer Brook, look to challenge for this year’s Tri-County title.
 
Both teams prepared for the Tri-County meet by staging a close battle in the Burlington County swim championships, known as the Jack Hafner Invitational. Pomona won by the slightest of margins, 793-785 after winning both the 15-18 boys’ and girls’ 200 freestyle relays to close the meet.
 
That will be the key to winning Tri-County, the relays, where teams earn double the points for winning.
 
In the regular season meet, the teams were almost as close, with Pomona beating Deer Brook, 282-272. Again, dual meet scoring is much different than a meet the size of Tri-County with 33 teams, but it shows that both should battle for the championship.
 
That said, Greenfields is the favorite after finishing fourth last year.

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Author: Marc Narducci; Photo by Marc Narducci

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