HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -  The Hasbrouck Heights Swim Club team kicked off its 2020 season with a 225-208 loss to Rutherford on Wednesday evening at the Swim Club in Hasbrouck Heights.

The scrimmage was the first of the season, as the Bergen County Pool Manager’s Association league meets were all canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The meet was back and forth, with Rutherford coming from behind to pass Hasbrouck Heights during the meet ending relays.  

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The Aviators jumped out to a lead due to a strong performance in the freestyle events, but were unable to hold it during the relays, due in part to a lack of available swimmers in certain races.

Swimmers are limited to three events per meet.

"We were so excited to be able to host a swim meet scrimmage this past Wednesday with the Rutherford Rebels Club swim team.," said Mike Davis, president of the Hasbrouck Heights Swim Club. "A key mission we had when we decided it was important for us to find a way to open the swim club providing a safe fun environment this summer amidst the pandemic going on was that the swim club be as much of an escape from what was going on beyond our walls providing as close to a place of normalcy as possible.  One way we wanted to do that was having our swim team (and dive team) this summer for the kids.  We believe we are one of a few (if not the only swim club/town pool) in the area to have a swim team this summer.  The kids love coming together as a team, practicing and having fun." 

"After the kids had to deal with being quarantined for months, losing time with friends, classmates and teammates in school, on the fields and in extracurricular activities – we felt It was important to provide that sense of belonging to something again, being involved with their friends as well as making new friends over the course of the season," Davis continued. " As a parent, and I know I share the sentiment with all parents, I find no greater joy watching my own kids, as well as the kids from our town and swim club smiling, having fun and competing…being kids again and for that moment in time not thinking about what they are seeing and reading on TV and online in the news.  With the swim club league not operating this summer we were in search of an opportunity to find another swim team to have a fun scrimmage with." 

"The Rutherford Rebels are a new club level swim team in the area and found themselves in the same boat as meets against other club level programs are not happening right now," noted Davis. " While normally a swim club/town pool team wouldn’t swim against a club level program, this situation provided an unique opportunity for us to come together and do this for the benefit of all the kids and families involved with both teams."


Editor's Note: The article was updated with a quote from Mike Davis, president, HHSC.


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