It's been a good season for the Glen Ridge High swim team and its first-year head coach Sarah Melnik.
The Ridgers are in the state tournament portion of its season, and the girls advanced to the second round in North 2, Group C, with a win over Harrison, on Feb. 4. Glen Ridge was scheduled to take on New Providence, on Feb. 6, in the quarterfinal round. The winner of that match will take on top-seeded Caldwell, on Feb. 10, in the semis.
The boys team swam well, but lost to Madison, in the state tournament, on Feb. 3.
Melnik was also pleased with the way the team swam at the Essex County Tournament, on Jan. 20, at NJIT.
"We had a group of 12 swimmers attend counties, with most qualifying for more than one event," said Melnik "We also had a few swimmers quality for the Meet of Champions (MOC), which will be held at the end of February."
In the girls 200 medley relay, the team of Schuyler Ross, Mia Manzo, Isabelle Deubner and Marlane Hlawaty finished fifth in a time of 1:59.00. Ross finished first in the 200 freestyle, with a time of 1:57.31 and earned a spot at the MOC.
Also qualifying for the MOC was Enzo Wood, who was third in 200 freestyle with a time of 1:49.35.
Liam Hood was third in the boys 100 butterfly (53.73), setting a new school record, and Hlawaty swan well in the 100 freestyle. Ross took second in the 500 freestyle (5:18.13), breaking her own school record, and Wood was fourth in the same event (5:07.26)
Hood's second place finish in the 100 backstroke (53.93) earned him an MOC cut and set a new school record.
Also doing well at the county meet was the girls freestyle relay team of Hlawaty, Deubner, Skyler Segal and Ross. which finished fifth in 3:58.22.
At the boys state meet, Wood had a tremendous day, winning the 200 freestyle (1:55.70), 100 freestyle (52.95) and 500 freestyle (5:26.27). Hood won the 200 IM with a time of 2:09.72.