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Ocean City Board of Education Honors High School's Winter Athletes

Athletes were recognized for capturing championships and earning honors Wednesday night.

Ocean City Board of Education Honors High School's Winter Athletes
The Ocean City Board of Education recognized the accomplishments of a number of the high school’s winter athletes at its meeting Wednesday night.

The school district recognized the efforts of the girls swim team, which won the South Jersey Group B championship and was undefeated up until it lost in the state final.

Freshman Amanda Nunan became the first Ocean City High School female to win an individual state championship when she won the 500-yard freestyle at the Meet of Champions.  She was also the first Ocean City swimmer, male or female, to win a state title since 1963.

She was named the female swimmer of the year by both the Courier Post and the Press of Atlantic City.

The team also won both the Cape-Atlantic League National Division and overall conference titles.

Girls swim coach Kate Merz and boys coach Shane McGrath each won Press of Atlantic City Coach of the Year honors.

The boys swim team also captured its first division title since 1994 and advanced to the semifinals of the South Jersey Group B tournament.

Senior Cooper Gallagher became the fourth Ocean City wrestler to win a Region 8 title in the school’s history. He also won his first district title, at 182 pounds, and advanced to the quarterfinals of the state championships in Atlantic City. He compiled a career record of 104-27, and compiled the most wins in a season by an Ocean City wrestler when he went 37-3 his senior year. He was named first team all-conference. The team went 19-7, compiling the second most wins in the history of the program.

Finally, the girls distance medley relay team won the state championship during the winter track season. The team also finished fourth at the national championships, with a time of 12 minutes, two seconds, a school record. It’s also seeing some success this spring, picking up victories in relay meets and qualifying for last weekend’s Penn Relays.

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