SUMMIT, NJ - Building on what already was a landmark season -- one which included an undefeated record and a Union County Title -- the Summit High School Girls Swim Team tacked on a 'virtual' Group B Championship and a slew of individual honors. Both the afore-mentioned team honors are 'first-evers' for the program.
It was anything but traditional, but the Hilltoppers made the absolute most of the 2021 season to come together to race as an unbeatable collective -- breaking records, winning championships and changing the conversation about Summit swimming for many years to come.
Absent a post-season bracket, and with no final tournament, the swim coaches, administrators and reporters of Advanced Media gathered meet sheets with times, and ran each team through Sectional and Group brackets. Every team could put forth their best meet, and it would be compared virtually.
Summit entered the North II, Group B Sectional as one of the contenders, and the team's record-setting swims, depth-in-every-event strength, plus some lightning fast A and B-lane relays made racing through the Section a fairly smooth ride. Eventually, Summit needed to beat last year's number-one team in the state: Moorestown. Comparing Moorestown's best meet to Summit's resulted in a Summit win of 109-61, leaving Summit as the overall State Champions of Group B -- yet another historic feat.
When all was said and done, Summit ended up being ranked the number-four team in New Jersey.
Individual honors included:
All-County, First Team
200 Medley Relay Team - Molly Fagan, Emma Claus, Caitlin Fagan, Katrina Vianello
200 Free Relay Team - Caitlin Fagan, Emma Claus, Katrina Vianello, Dagny Donaldson
400 Free Relay Team - Caitlin Fagan, Katrina Vianello, Isabel Claus, Dagny Donaldson
200 Free - Dagny Donaldson
200 IM - Megan Gregory
50 Free - Emma Claus
100 Free - Dagny Donaldson
100 Free: Dagny Donaldson
200 Free Relay Team: Caitlin Fagan, Emma Claus, Katrina Vianello, Dagny Donaldson
200 Medley Relay Team: Molly Fagan, Emma Claus, Caitlin Fagan, Katrina Vianello
100 Fly: Caitlin Fagan