Dream of Double Swim Championships Falls Short as Moorestown Tops SPF Boys

Alex Skoog won the 100 Backstroke at the state finals on Monday, Feb. 23. Credits: John Mooney

EWING, NJ -- Moorestown's Alex Martin, Zach Fong, and Tim Runfola each each won two individual races and were both part of winning relay teams as the Quakers defeated Scotch Plains-Fanwood to win their second straight  NJSIAA Public B boys swimming state finals, 94-76, at The College of New Jersey on Monday, Feb. 23.

Martin won the 50 and 100 freestyle,  Zong took the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM, and Tim Runfola won the 500 freestyle and 100 butterfly. Each of those swimmers also participated in two winning relay teams. 

"Coming into the season, we knew we were going to be better than the past two years, but I had no idea we would end up making it to the finals of the State Championship," said senior Alex Skoog, who prevented the sweep by winning the100 Backstroke for Scotch Plains-Fanwood. "I'm really proud of everyone and how they did this season because everyone, especially the younger kids, stepped up."

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"There were a lot of bright spots to the meet. We came out and gave a very good team a competitive meet. We had a majority of our swimmers swim best or near best times, we carried a enormous amount of pride and enthusiasm throughout the entire meet," said Coach Jess Hulnik. "This boys' team achieved above and beyond what was expected and I am so very proud of all that they accomplished. I consider myself very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with them."

The Raiders kept the score close for much of the meet, thanks to their depth, and several swimmers lowered their personal best times. SPFHS finished 14-3 overall on the season and returned to the state finals for the first time since 2011. The boys came just short of matching the Raider girls team, which won the state championship on Sunday vs. Princeton.

Final Results

50 Freestyle - Alex Martin, Moorestown
100 Freestyle - Alex Martin, Moorestown 47.50
200 Freestyle - JD Schurer, Moorestown 1:43.80
500 Freestyle - Tim Runfola, Moorestown 4:50.31
200 Freestyle Relay - Blaskovich-Fong-Martin-Schaeffer, Moorestown 1:29.42
200 IM - Zach Fong, Moorestown 1:56.12
100 Backstroke - Alex Skoog, SPF
100 Breaststroke - Zach Fong, Moorestown 57.16
100 Butterfly - Tim Runfola, Moorestown 52.51
400 Freestyle Relay - Martin-Nielsen-Runfola-Schurer, Moorestown 3:17.14
200 Medley Relay - Fong-Nielsen-Runfola-Schurer, Moorestown 1:36.50

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