Boys Swimming: Chris Bondarowicz Wins 100 Breaststroke at the Meet of Champions; Cohen Reaches Podium

Chris Bondarowicz won the 100 Breaststroke at the Meet of Champions on Sunday. Credits: Caleb Cohen
Josh Cohen (right) finished third in the 200 Freestyle at the Meet of Champions. Ryan Waters of Morristown-Beard was the winner. Glenn Lasco, Mainland, placed second. Credits: Caleb Cohen
Chris Bondarowicz came in first place in the 100 Breaststroke at the Meet of Champions.
Josh Cohen finished fourth in the 500 Freestyle at the Meet of Champions. Ryan Waters of Morristown-Beard was the winner. Credits: Caleb Cohen
Josh Cohen swims in the Meet of Champions. Credits: Caleb Cohen

SEWEL, NJ -- Chris Bondarowicz ended his spectacular swimming career for Scotch Plains-Fanwood high school with a victory in the 100 Breaststroke, his signature event, at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions held at Gloucester County Institute of Technology (GCIT) on Sunday.

Bondarowicz, a senior who will swim at the U.S. Naval Academy next year, bounced back to win a race that he narrowly lost at the 2016 Meet of Champions. In addition to his win in the 100 Breaststroke, Bondarowicz finished sixth in the 200 IM in a race that matched him against Mainland's Destin Lasco, who set a new record for the Meet of Champions with a time of 1:48.07. Lasco, a freshman phenom, was an important factor in Mainland's victory over Scotch Plains-Fanwood in the state championship meet in February.

"It was great to see Chris come back his senior year and win it, after coming so close last season," said Scotch Plains-Fanwood swim coach Jess Hulnik. "He has pretty much owned that event all season, and it was nice to see him go out big in his last high school race."

Sign Up for E-News

Super sophomore Josh Cohen also made it onto the winners' podium with a third place finish in the 500 Freestyle. He also finished fourth in the 200 Freestyle.

"Josh's 4th place in the 200 free and 3rd place in the 500 free were awesome, and he still has two more years left," Hulnik said.

Scotch Plains-Fanwood results from all of Sunday's races:

  • 100 Breaststroke: 1. Chris Bondarowicz (Scotch Plains-Fanwood) 56.98
  • 200 IM: 6. Chris Bondarowicz (Scotch Plains-Fanwood) 1:53.98
  • 500 Freestyle: 3. Josh Cohen (Scotch Plains-Fanwood) 4:37.13
  • 200 Freestyle: 4. Josh Cohen 1:41.69 and 6. Chris Bondarowicz 1:53.98 (both of Scotch Plains-Fanwood)
  • 200 Medley Relay: 9. Scotch Plains-Fanwood (Eric Chang, Chris Bondarowicz, Nick Heath, and Brody Rash) 1:37.49; 

"Eric Chang (200IM, 100 Back), Nick Heath (50 Free, 100 Free), Brian Kenny (200 Free, 100 Free), and Brody Rash (50 Free, 100 Breast) all swam well both individually and in their relay events," Hulnik said after the meet. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Scotch Plains/Fanwood

Driver Escapes Icy Waters After Car Goes Off GSP Near Clark-Cranford Border

March 21, 2018

CLARK, NJ – A car went off the road and into the river on the northbound Garden State Parkway between the Clark and Cranford exits during Wednesday night’s snowstorm.

According to Clark’s Chief of Police Pedro Matos, the car’s driver managed to escape the water. Divers went in to the river and determined the car to be empty. The sole occupant was ...

Staying On Top

Some people are bulldozers. They move mountains, conquer countries, achieve the seemingly impossible. But then when there are no more mountains to climb, they falter. Routines, maintenance and sustainability are not their strong points. They respond to excitement and challenge, not to the uneventful, monotonous daily grind.

The title word of this week's Parshah, Tzav, means ...

The Role of Meal Replacements in Weight Loss

March 20, 2018

Obesity is at epidemic proportions in the United States and in other developed and developing countries. The prevalence of obesity is increasing not only in adults, but also in children and adolescents. We all know that obesity is a significant risk factor for various chronic illnesses, most importantly heart disease and diabetes, but also cancer and osteoarthritis, liver and kidney disease, ...

Instant Pot Cookery: 9 Things You Need to Know, 3 Recipes You Will Enjoy

March 22, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Instant Pot – a programmable pressure cooker – is the latest kitchen trend! 

Whether you have one already but aren’t sure how to make the most of it, or you’re just curious if it lives up to the hype, this April 19th event at Scotch Plains Public Library is for you.

Food blogger Valerie Gray (From Val’s Kitchen) will show us how to ...

Upcoming Events


Fri, March 23, 12:00 PM

Resolve, Scotch Plains

Free Teen Anxiety Group (Ages 14-17) at Resolve

Sat, March 24, 11:00 AM

Home For Good Dog Rescue, Berkeley Heights

Dog Adoption Event



Sun, March 25, 1:00 PM

Westfield Tennis Club, Westfield

Westfield Tennis Club Summer Youth Program Open ...