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Boys Swimming: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Advances to State Championships for Third Straight Year; Defeats West Windsor-Plainsboro, 102-68

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The Raiders advance to the Public B state championship after defeating West Windsor-Plainsboro on Tuesday Credits: Caleb Cohen
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Start of the 100 Freestyle in the state semifinals on Tuesday. Credits: Caleb Cohen
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Josh Cohen wins the 100 Freestyle in the state semifinals on Tuesday. Credits: Caleb Cohen
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Brody Rash, Nick Heath and Brian Kenny after Raiders' semi-final win. Credits: Tyler Daniskas
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Chris Bondarowicz competes in the 100 Breaststroke. Credits: File photo by Caleb Cohen
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WAYNE, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood boys swim team will compete for the state championship for the third year in a row when they take on Mainland Regional in a rematch of last year's title meet on Saturday. The Raiders handily defeated West Windsor-Plainsboro South, 102-68, on Tuesday to earn another trip to the finals at The College of New Jersey.

SPFHS opened with a victory in the 200 Medley Relay and never looked back, despite the efforts of Kurt Von Autenried, a back-to-back winner in the 50 Freestyle and the 100 Butterfly.

Meanwhile, for the Raiders, Josh Cohen won the 100 and 200 Freestyle events, while Alan Shao took the 500 Freestyle. Chris Bondarowicz won the 200 IM and the 100 Breaststroke, along with victories in the 200 Medley and the 200 Freestyle Relays. Eric Chang won the 100 Backstroke, led off the 200 Medley and also swam on the winning 400 Freestyle Relay.

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Results

200 Medley Relay
1. Chang-Bondarowicz-Shao-Heath, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 1:38.41

200 Freestyle
1. Josh Cohen, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 1:42.67
2. Brian Kenny, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 1:52.01
3. Aleksandr Simonelli, West Windsor-Plainsboro South, 1:56.16

200 IM
1. Chris Bondarowicz, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 1:55.36
2. Alan Shao, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 1:59.77
3. Joshua Huang, West Windsor-Plainsboro South, 2:00.92

50 Freestyle
1. Kurt Von Autenried, West Windsor-Plainsboro South, 22.47
2. Brody Rash, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 22.57
3. Nick Heath, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 22.69

100 Butterfly
1. Kurt Von Autenried, West Windsor-Plainsboro South, 52.86
3. Michael Zhong, West Windsor-Plainsboro South, 56.35
2. Eric Chang, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 58.20

100 Freestyle
1. Josh Cohen, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 47.81
2. Nick Heath, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 50.59
3. Aleksandr Simonelli, West Windsor-Plainsboro South, 51.81

500 Freestyle
1. Alan Shao, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 4:52.61
2. Michael Krigeris, West Windsor-Plainsboro South, 5:00.36
3. Brian Kenny, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 5:02.35

200 Freestyle Relay
1. Bondarowicz-Rash-Heath-Cohen, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 1:31.80

100 Backstroke
1. Eric Chang, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 53.73
2. Joshua Huang, West Windsor-Plainsboro South, 53.85
3. Michael Zhong, West Windsor-Plainsboro South, 59.03

100 Breaststroke
1. Chris Bondarowicz, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 58.87
2. Brody Rash, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 1:01.89
3. Manish Rachamallu, West Windsor-Plainsboro South, 1:02.15

400 Freestyle Relay
1. Shao-Kenny-Chang-Cohen, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 3:37.72

The Raiders, ranked No. 8 will have a rematch with last year's champion, Mainland on Saturday in the Public B state final, at The College of New Jersey on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Ranked No. 1 in the state, the Mustangs have not lost a meet all season. In early January, the foursome of Destin Lasco, Justin Liu, Brian McGroarty and Glenn Lasco broke the national record in the 200 meter freestyle relay in 1:34.95, and just two days later set the national record for the 400 meter freestyle relay with a time of 3:26.36.

"Mainland is a great team," said Raiders Coach Jess Hulnik. "We’ll give it our best. Everyone will really have to step up.”

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