"You take it on faith, you take it to the heart
The waiting is the hardest part"
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers - 'The Waiting'
SUMMIT, NJ - In what observers are calling the this season's 'meet of all meets', the Summit High School Boys Varsity Swim Team -- for the first time in, literally, decades -- came from behind in the final event of the day to beat archrival Westfield 87-83 at the Summit YMCA.
The history-making triumph improves Summit's dual-meet record this season to a sparkling 9-0.
Westfield came out strong winning the first relay, but Coach Luke Piede's Summit squad displayed top-notch teamwork and swam numerous best times.
The Blue Devils maintained a lead throughout the meet, and Summit trailed by two points -- 79-77 -- entering the final event: the 400 Free Relay. Needing a win and, at minimum, a third-place finish to carry the day, the boys from the 07901 got the business done as senior Rawleigh Pollock, Bryan Harvey, Conor Fagan and sophomore Alex Jones finished first in a time of 3:18.43, and the unit of senior Will Hedges, juniors Matt McGregor and Will Kasemeyer and sophomore Jeff Vlass took third.
In addition to the 400 Freestyle Relay, the Hilltoppers posted wins in the following event:
200 Freestyle - Rawleigh Pollock - 1:48.58
50 Freestyle - Conor Fagan - 21.52
100 Freestyle - Conor Fagan - 48.08
500 Freestyle - Rawleigh Pollock - 4:55.49
100 Backstroke - Bryan Harvey - 54.72
100 Breaststroke - Will Hedges - 59.88
Best time swims for Summit included; Will Kasemeyer (100 Free & 100 Back), Will Hedges (200 IM & 100 Breast), Jeff Vlass (200 IM & 500 Free), Harris Pollock (100 Breast), Alex Jones (50 Free), Conor Fagan (50 Free), Peter Misiewicz (100 Fly), Myroslav Suborov (50 Free), Cameron Tham (50 Free) and Sam Aquavia (50 Free).
Summit will face Westfield again, as well as Scotch Plains and other Union County schools at the Union County Championship meet January 27. Prior to that, the Hilltoppers will take travel to Cranford to take on the Cougars January 22. First splash is set for 3:45 p.m.