Boys Swimming: Rivals Westfield, Scotch Plains-Fanwood Finish 1-2 in Union County Championships

Raiders finished second in the Union County Swimming Championships at Rutgers on Sunday. Westfield finished first.
Brody Rash (senior), Nick Heath (junior), Brian Kenny (senior) display their second place trophy at the Union County Championships on Sunday.
Josh Cohen en route to a victory in the 200 Freestyle. The sophomore also broke his own County record in the 500 Freestyle at the Union County Championships on Sunday. Credits: Caleb Cohen
Chris Bondarowicz won the 200 IM and the 200 Breaststroke at Union County Championship. Credits: Caleb Cohen
Start of the 100 Backstroke Credits: Andrew Bondarowicz
Alan Shao won the 100 Butterfly at the Union County Championship.

PISCATAWAY, NJ -- At a meet that featured two of the top-rated teams in the state, Westfield swam to victory in the Union County championships on Sunday at Rutgers on Sunday afternoon. The Blue Devils totaled 459 points, while Scotch Plains-Fanwood finished second with 378. They were followed by 3) Summit, 4) Gov. Livingston, 5) Oratory, 6) New Providence, 7) Union, 8) Cranford, 9) Elizabeth and 10) A.L. Johnson (Clark).

Westfield set County records in three relay events: 200 Medley Relay, 200 Freestyle Relay, and the 400 Freestyle Relay. Individually, David Lindros won the 100 Backstroke.

For the Raiders, Josh Cohen broke his own County record in the 500 Freestyle and also won the 200 Freestyle.

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"Going into the meet it was the race I was most excited for and anticipated the most," Josh Cohen told TAPintoSPF. "Breaking my own record means a lot to me and sets a good tone going into state tournament."

Chris Bondarowicz took the 200 IM and the 200 Breaststroke, and Alan Shao finished first in the 100 Butterfly.

Kai Legband of Union set a new County record for the 100 Freestyle and also won the 50 Freestyle.

200 Medley Relay:

  1. Westfied (David Lindros, Steven Warren, Colin Daniel, Aedan Collins) 1:35.54, Meet record.
  2. Scotch Plains-Fanwood 1:36.49.
  3. Summit 1:43.28.

200 Freestyle:

  1. Josh Cohen, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 1:42.15.
  2. Griff Morgan, Westfield, 1:45.87.
  3. Brian Kenny, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 1:47.19.

200 IM:

  1. Chris Bondarowicz, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 1:53.86.
  2. Ryan Bebel, Westfield, 1:57.24.
  3. Alan Shao, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 1:58.14.

50 Freestyle:

  1. Kai Legband, Union, 21.57.
  2. Aedan Collins, Westfield, 21.76.
  3. Eric Bebel, Westfield 21.95.

100 Butterfly:

  1. Alan Shao, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 52.47.
  2. David Lindros, Westfield 52.78.
  3. Colin Daniel, Westfield, 53.61

100 Freestyle:

  1. Kai Legband, Union, 46.15, Meet record, former record 46.75, Josh Bennett (1987) and David Hua (2016).
  2. Griff Morgan, Westfield, 47.99.
  3. Eric Bebel, Westfield, 48.14.

500 Freestyle:

  1. Josh Cohen, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 4:35.02, Meet record, former record 4:36.39, Josh Cohen 2016.
  2. Jack O'Halloran, Gov. Livingston, 4:52.12.
  3. Cole Bligh, Summit, 4:57.82.

200 Freestyle Relay:

  1. Westfield (Eric Bebel, Ryan Bebel, Jack Cifelli, Griff Morgan) 1:27.22, Meet record.
  2. Scotch Plains-Fanwood 1:28.39.
  3. 3-Gov. Livingston 1:31.58.

100 Backstroke:

  1. David Lindros, Westfield, 52.70.
  2. Eric Chang, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 54.16.
  3. Aedan Collins, Westfield, 54.36.

100 Breaststroke:

  1. Chris Bondarowicz, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 57.54.
  2. Steven Warren, Westfield, 59.34.
  3. Brody Rash, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 1:00.62

400 Freestyle Relay:

  1. Westfield (Aedan Collins, Eric Bebel, Ryan Bebel, Griff Morgan) 3:11.92, Meet record.
  2. Scotch Plains-Fanwood 3:18.34.
  3. Summit 3:26.23. 

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