SUMMIT, NJ - Winning the Union County Championship for the first time, beating Westfield for the first time in memory, claiming a NJSIAA State Sectional Championship, and reaching the NJSIAA Public C State Final all combined to make the 2018-19 campaign a defining season in the history of the Summit High School Boys Swim Team program.

Those accomplishments also apparently made nj.com's Boys Swimming 'Coach of The Year' decision as crystal clear as the waters his Hilltoppers excelled in all season-long, as the honor went to Summit's Luke Piede, the man who shepherded his senior-led squad through the uber-memorable campaign.

Although Summit was defeated by Demarest in the Final, the Maroon and White's year of firsts included:

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- Beating perennial power Scotch Plains-Fanwood via points earned in the meet's final race.

- For the first time in decades, topping Westfield head-to-head.

- Defeating Westfield -- again -- along with the rest of the field to win the Union County Title.

- Swimming past Bernards for the NJSIAA North 2, Group C championship.

- Dominating Barnegat to reach the NJSIAA Public C Final.

The Summit High School Boys Varsity Swim Team finished its season with a record of 14-1.