WAYNE, NJ - The caption in the old photo said: "The future of Chatham girls swimming, freshmen Olivia Polemeni and Hailey Harkins."
After Chatham's 99-66 win over Northern Highlands on Tuesday night in the state semifinals, the future is now for 2020 Cougar seniors Polemeni and Harkins.
The photo was taken when Polemeni and Harkins were key contributors for the 2017 Cougars NJSIAA Public B state championship team. The 2017 title was Chatham's sixth state championship in a seven-year span.
Polemeni and Harkins will get another chance for a photo opportunity 3:30 p.m. Saturday when Chatham returns to The College of New Jersey pool and swims against Moorestown to decide the 2020 NJSIAA Public B state champion.
Seniors Hailey Harkins and Olivia Polemeni talk about returning to the state final
Chatham got off to a quick start at the Passaic County Institute of Technology pool vs. Northern Highlands, with a first and third in the 200 medley relay, led by Monica Iizuka, Erica Iizuka, Isabelle Hoie and Anya D'Costa touching first in 1:55.63.
Sara Barrett then paced a 1-2-3 finish for Chatham in the 200 freestyle, and Delaney Moynihan led a 1-2-3 finish in the 200 individual medley. Flora Jeng and Isabella Hoie went 1-2 for Chatham in the 50 free, pushing the Cougars to a 48-14 advantage.
Chatham eased to its 13th win with firsts by Harkins in the 100 fly, Kaley Snarr in the 100 free, Barrett in the 500 free, Erica Iizuka in the 100 back, and Monica Iizuka in the 100 breast.