PERTH AMBOY, NJ – No. 1 Chatham proved too fast and too deep for Scotch Plains-Fanwood as the Cougars reclaimed the NJSIAA North Jersey 2, Group B sectional crown from the Raiders by a margin of 98-72 at the Raritan Bay YMCA in Perth Amboy Friday night.
Scotch Plains-Fanwood took the opening race, the 200 Medley Relay, to start the meet. Lily Hughes-Sofia Leonetti-Rachel Small-Julia Bonhote, finished the race in 1:50.88. After that, Chatham won nine of the next ten races with only a win by Hughes in the 100 Backstroke preventing a sweep.
“They were stronger and a little deeper than us tonight and beat us on a few touches,” said Raiders coach Jessica Hulnik. “We swam well. We had kids who swam personal bests. Overall, it was a very successful season. We beat some good teams and have a nice core of freshman and sophomores to help with our juniors next year.”
“This meet is always a good one. Scotch Plains-Fanwood is always tough. They’re a great team with great coaches and parents,” Chatham coach Frank DiGiacomo said. “I’m so proud of my girls and impressed with how they performed. We did a great job all around.”
Chatham reclaimed the title that they won two years ago. Last year, Scotch Plains-Fanwood took home the Sectional title. This time around, it goes back to Chatham.
The Cougars won nine of the 11 events, with Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s Lily Hughes, Sofia Leonetti, Rachel Small, and Julia Bonhote taking the 200-yard medley relay and Hughes winning the 100 backstroke.
Sara Barrett won both the 200 and 500 freestyle by wide margins and also swam on the winning 400 Freestyle Relay. Olivia Polemeni also won two individual events, taking the 50 and 100 Freestyle races.
Chatham moves on to the Public B semifinal at Gloucester Tech in Sewell on Wednesday.
200 MEDLEY RELAY
L. Hughes-S. Leonetti-R. Small-J. Bonhote, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 1:50.88
Sara Barrett, Chatham, 1:55.78
Hailey Harkins, Chatham, 2:09.55
Olivia Polemeni, Chatham, 24.63
Isabella Hoie, Chatham, 59.37
Olivia Polemeni, Chatham, 53.77
Sara Barrett, Chatham, 5:08.81
200 FREESTYLE RELAY
A. D'Costa-M. Iizuka-I. Hoie-O. Polemeni, Chatham, 1:41.09
Lily Hughes, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 57.80
Erica Iizuka, Chatham, 1:10.11
400 FREESTYLE RELAY
I. Hoie-S. Barrett-H. Harkins-O. Polemeni, Chatham, 3:44.49