Cranford's Julie Byrne Four-Time UCT Champion

Left to Right: Bella DeSimone, Julie Byrne, Ashley Cave and Emily Watson Credits: J. Byrne
Lauren and Julie Byrne Credits: J. Byrne

CRANFORD, NJ - Cranford's Julie Byrne broke her own Union County Tournament record in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:05.74 Sunday at Rutgers University.

Byrne shaved .26 of a second off of her old record of 2:06.00. Byrne reflected on the achievement: "Breaking the 200 IM county record was exciting for me. I've been training very hard in that event and it's nice to see all that hard work pay off. I didn't expect to break the record in that event so it was a great surprise for me."

Not only did Byrne break the 200 individual medley record, she became a four-time Union County Champion in the 100 butterfly with a time of 56.76. The senior's response to yet another achievement was, "Being a four-time county champ in the 100 fly is a feeling that is impossible to put into words. I definitely was going after it and I knew this year the competition was going to be deep. I really had to work for it and I had to race to the wall. When I finished I was beyond relieved and couldn't have been happier."

While her individual achievements added up on Sunday, her relay team is always a source of pride. She commented on the team setting two Cranford High-School records, saying, "Our relay was extremely successful. The group of girls, Bella, Emily, Ashley, and Julie, in the relay all put their best effort forward to be able to place second. We all had the same goal and we work very well with one another. It was also a great accomplishment for the relay team to break two school relay records"

The Cougars' relay team, Byrne, Ashley Cave, Isabella DeSimone and Emily Watson placed second in both the 200 and 400 relays. Cranford placed third overall at the tournament behind Scotch Plains-Fanwood who took home first and Westfield who came in second.

Byrne is commited to swim at Bucknell University in the fall.

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