SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The sensational season by the Union Catholic swim team continued on Sunday when the Vikings turned in several great performances at the Union County Championships at the Sonny Werblin Center on the campus of Rutgers University.
Bridget Davis led the charge for the UC girls as the freshman phenom won the 500 freestyle in 5:10.41, placed second in the 200 free, and swam on the school record-breaking 200 free relay to help the Vikings place seventh with 142 points. The UC girls also placed sixth in the 200 medley relay in 1:56.60.
The 5:10.41 by Davis smashed the school record of 5:14.30 set in 1982 by Kim Hayes, and her runner-up time in the 200 freestyle in 1:55.62 was just off the school record of 1:55.57.
In the 200 free relay, Davis split 24.63 on the anchor leg when she joined with Alexandra Moore (26.63), Molly Brennan (26.68), and Anna Gordon (26.56) to place seventh in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:44.50 to shatter their own school record of 1:48.81 set last month.
Davis was elated with how she and her teammates competed.
"I'm really happy, especially about our 200 relay team because Anna's a senior so it's her last year,'' said Davis, who has qualified for the NJSIAA Meet of Champions (MoC) in the 200 and 500 freestyle. "I know how hard she has been striving for that, so it's very special to be a part of that. Personally, I really wanted that 500 record, so it meant a lot to me. I don't really like to think about places. I like to just concentrate on my technique and swim my best, so to win and get the record makes it even more special. I work really hard, so to see it all pay off is such a great feeling. To swim at the county meet for the first time for Union Catholic was so exciting and satisfying. It was so much fun.''
The UC boys also had a great meet. Led by sophomore star Julian Kaniuka, the Vikings placed a very strong eighth with 94 points.
Kaniuka finished third in the 50 freestyle in 22.66 and was fifth in the 100 free in 50.68. He is just .19 away from qualifying for the MoC in the 50 free, and .27 from hitting the standard in the 100 free.
The Vikings, 6-0 in co-ed dual meets this season, will look to extend its unbeaten streak to 21 straight when it concludes its dual meet season on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at the Dunn Center in Elizabeth.