SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ – In a battle of two perennial swim powerhouses, Saint Joseph (Metuchen) defeated Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 87-85, in a meet that went down to the final relay boys swim at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA on Wednesday.
Freshman phenom Tyler Knurek of Saint Joseph won the 50 and 100 Freestyle races and anchored the 400 Free Relay team that secured the victory for the Falcons in the final race of the meet. His teammates, Michael Botting, Will Barnett, and Darien Betances gave Knurek a big enough lead that he was able to hold off Josh Cohen, who anchored the Raiders’ top relay team.
Josh Cohen won the 200 Freestyle and the 100 Breaststroke and swam the second leg of the winning 200 Medley Relay. Alan Shao led off the Medley and took the 100 Backstroke and 100 Butterfly. The meet had an added element of fun as several of the Saint Joseph swimmers also compete for the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA, thus pitting club teammates against each other in a high school meet.
“This was a very exciting meet. The guys were pumped, and we wanted to make our presence known again,” said Coach Dan Cahill of Saint Joseph (Metuchen). “Tyler Knurek stood out with wins in the 50 and 100 Free. We had some 2-3-4 finishes that clinched the meet for us today.”
“We swam a heck of a meet today. It was close, and we were in a position to win,” Coach Hulnik said. “We took two of the three relays, which is hard to do against a good team like Saint Joe’s.”
Next up for the Raiders (8-3) will be the Union County Championships at Rutgers on Sunday, Jan. 27. Meanwhile, Saint Joseph (8-2) will look to defend its GMC Championship. The Falcons have won the GMC for 40 consecutive years.
200 MEDLEY RELAY
Alan Shao-Josh Cohen-Daniel Donaldson-Matt London, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 1:40.12
Josh Cohen, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 1:44.04
Michael Botting, Saint Joseph (Met.), 2:04.60
Tyler Knurek, Saint Joseph (Met.), 22.80
Alan Shao, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 53.51
Tyler Knurek, Saint Joseph (Met.), 49.73
Dan Badaway, Saint Joseph (Met.), 4:57.31
200 FREESTYLE RELAY
Matt London-Daniel Donaldson-Corey He-Jason Mongiovi, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 1:34.60
Alan Shao, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 53.67
Josh Cohen, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 1:00.55
400 FREESTYLE RELAY
Michael Botting-Will Barnett-Darien Betances-Tyler Knurek, Saint Joseph (Met.), 3:19.21