Middle Township High School’s girls swimming team made history late last week.
The Lady Panthers became the first swimming team from Middle — boys or girls — to win a championship of any kind when they beat Oakcrest, 105-65, on Friday to clinch the Cape-Atlantic National Conference title.
Ishika Patel was part of three first-place finishes for Middle in the win. Individually, she won the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly, while Bosacco claimed first in the 100 backstroke. Patel also joined Sophia Braun, Samantha Braun and Catherine Bostard for first place in the 200 freestyle relay.
Braun (100 freestyle), Sophia Bosacco (100 backstroke) and Bridget Donohue (500 freestyle) also won individual events for Middle. Bosacco, Bostard Donohue and Maddie Deane also joined forces for first place in the 400 freestyle relay.
Middle is set to finish its regular season this week with meets at Mainland Wednesday and at home against Our Lady of Mercy Academy on Friday. The team is in good position to qualify for the South Jersey playoffs.
— Brian Cunniff