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."
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.