WARREN, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School boys and girls swim teams started with a splash on Tuesday, Dec. 4, with victories over their rivals from Governor Livingston at Morris Union Jointure Pool in Warren, NJ.

For the girls, it is a rebuilding year following the graduation of 14 girls who won the state championship as freshmen and were four-time County champions in their high school swimming careers. The newcomers did not disappoint as Freshman Julia Bonhote won the 100 Breaststroke and led off the victorious 200 Freestyle Relay (Bonhote-Chloe Howell, Abby Ryan, Rachel Small). Howell, also a freshman, won the 100 Freestyle. Freshman Lily Hughes won the 100 Butterfly and led off the winning 200 Medley Relay (Hughes, Sophia Leonetti, Caroline Warren, Rachel Small). Freshman Aislinn Mooney finished second in the 500 Freestyle, and Katelyn Gaulin, another freshman, finished third in the 100 Breast.. 

The boys were led by seniors Josh Cohen, Daniel Donaldson, Alan Shao and Drew Burfeindt. Cohen, who competed at USA Nationals last week, won the 200 Freestyle and 100 Breaststroke and anchored the winning 200 Freestyle Relay (Matt London, Donaldson, Corey He, Cohen). Donaldson won the 50 Freestyle, swam in the victorious Medey Relay (Aidan Trenery, Donaldson, Shao, Burfeindt) and 200 Freestyle Relay. Alan Shao won the 100 Butterfly and swam the fly leg of the Medley.

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"It's nice to start the season with the win," said Raiders head coach Jess Hulnik. "We swam well today."

The Raiders return to the pool on Monday, Dec. 10, when they will take on New Providence at Berkeley Acquatics.

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