Boys Swimming: Mainland Defeats Scotch Plains-Fanwood in State Final, Repeats as Public B Champions

Scotch Plains-Fanwood came up short in the state finals vs. undefeated Mainland. The Raiders finished with an impressive 15-3 record this season.
Raiders get fired up before the championship meet.
Josh Cohen won the 200 and 500 Freestyle races on Saturday.
Destin Lasco of Mainland won the 100 Backstroke and the 200 IM.
Chris Bondarowicz won the 100 Breaststroke.
Alan Shao won the 100 Butterfly.
Senior Eric Chang
Chris Bonarowicz swims the Butterfly leg of the 200 IM.
Parents cheer on the Raiders.

EWING, NJ -- No. 1 Mainland completed its perfect season (15-0) by repeating as Public B champions after defeating Scotch Plains-Fanwood at The College of New Jersey on Saturday afternoon.

The teams swapped victories through much of the meet. Sophomore Josh Cohen, one of the top freestyle swimmers in the state, gave the Raiders their first victory of the meet by taking the 200 Freestyle with a time of 1:40.49. Mainland's freshman phenom, Destin Lasco, who holds the national record for the 200 IM, won with a time of 1:48.91. He also won the 100 Backstroke.

Justin Liu of Mainland won the 50 Freestyle and 100 Freestyle. Alan Shao won the 100 Butterfly. Cohen won the 500 Freestyle for his second individual victory, and Chris Bondarowicz won the 100 Breaststroke, his signature event.

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The big difference for Mainland was their performance in the relay races. The Mustangs, who hold national records for both the 200 Freestyle Relay and 400 Freestyle Relay, won both of those races on Saturday and also took the 200 Medley Relay by a wide margin.


  • 200 Freestyle:Josh Cohen, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 1:40.49
  • 200 IM: Destin Lasco, Mainland, 1:48.91
  • 50 Freestyle: Justin Liu, Mainland, 20.69
  • 100 Butterfly: Alan Shao, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 52.64
  • 100 Freestyle: Justin Liu, Mainland, 46.30
  • 500 Freestyle: Josh Cohen, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 4:35.84
  • 200 Freestyle Relay: Rogers-DiNofrio-Liu-G. Lasco, Mainland, 1:26.59
  • 100 Backstroke: Destin Lasco, Mainland, 49.47
  • 100 Breaststroke: Chris Bondarowicz, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 56.99
  • 400 Freestyle Relay: G. Lasco-McGroarty-Rogers-D. Lasco, Mainland, 3:10.12
  • 200 Medley Relay: D. Lasco-Truong-McGroarty-Liu, Mainland, 1:34.12

All photos by Caleb Cohen.

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