SEWEL, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood girls 200 Medley Relay team pulled off a surprising victory swimming in Lane 1 and winning the race at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions held at Gloucester County Institute of Technology (GCIT) on Sunday.
The Raiders team of Erika Frazier (Backstroke), Rachel Maizes (Breaststroke), Stephanie Judge (Butterfly), and DeeDee Maizes (Freestyle) tied Mendham's foursome of Kate Alexy, Sarah Daly, Mary Laurita, and Kathleen Kemp to win the 200 Medley with a time of 1:46.67.
More often than not, the winners of swim races compete in lanes in the center of the pool. However, due to the Raiders' 7th place finish on Saturday in the medley, they swam in Lane 1.
"I'm so proud of how the girls not only came back to win from an outside lane, but even more proud of how they pushed through to earn a top 8 spot for finals after a slip on the start in prelims," said Scotch Plains-Fanwood swim coach Jess Hulnik. "All four of those swimmers could have easily given up on Saturday, but they didn't and they put themselves in a position to win it on Sunday."
Junior Rachel Maizes also made it onto the winners' podium with second place finish in the 100 Breaststroke, her signature event.
"Rachel Maizes swam an amazing race against some of the the best competition in the state," Hulnik said. "She has been such a great asset to this team. It was wonderful to see her end her junior season on such a great swim."
Scotch Plains-Fanwood results from all of Sunday's races:
- 200 Medley Relay: 1. (tie) Scotch Plains (Erika Frazier, Rachel Maizes, Stephanie Judge, DeeDee Maizes) and Mendham (Kate Alexy, Sarah Daly, Mary Laurita, and Kathleen Kemp) 1:46.67
- 200 Freestyle Relay: 8. Scotch Plains (Erika Frazier, Megan Small, Caroline Warren, Maya Dunchus) 1:39.64
- 100 Breaststroke: 2. Rachel Maizes (Scotch Plains) 1:03.63
- 400 Free Relay: 6. Scotch Plains (DeeDee Maizes, Erika Frazier, Stephanie Judge, Rachel Maizes) 3:34.83
"Our 200 Free Relay of Erica Frazier, Megan Small, Caroline Warren, and Maya Dunchus finished 8th, and our 400 Free Relay of Dee Dee Maizes, Erica Frazier, Stephanie Judge, and Rachel Maizes finished 6th. Great finishes against some of the fastest teams in the state," Hulnik added.