Swimming: Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA's Josh Cohen Wins 200 Freestyle at YMCA Nationals

Fanwood Scotch Plains swim coach Chris Karelus embraces Josh Cohen after his victory in the 200 Freestyle at YMCA Short Course Nationals in Greensboro, NC. Credits: Courtesy of Tom Ryan
Credits: Carolyn Babbitt- Digiorgio
Josh Cohen celebrates his victory in the 200 Freestyle at YMCA Short Course Nationals in Greensboro, NC. Credits: Courtesy of Tom Ryan
Josh Cohen gives a thumbs-up following his victory in the 200 Freestyle at YMCA Short Course Nationals in Greensboro, NC. Credits: Courtesy of Tom Ryan
GREENSBORO, NC -- The Fanwood Scotch Plains YMCA (FSPY)'s Josh Cohen took first place in the 200 Freestyle at the 2018 YMCA Short Course Nationals in Greensboro, NC, on Thursday, April 5, 2018. The 17-year-old finished the race with a blistering time of 1:38.10.
Winning the national race brings a bit of revenge to Cohen, one of the top swimmers in New Jersey, who finished second to Matthew Lequang in the 200 Freestyle at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions on March 4. Lequang finished fourth, more than a full second behind Cohen, on Thursday.

1 Josh Cohen, FSPY, 1:38.10   
2 Henry Schutte, Rapid Area, MI, 1:38.76   
3 Thomas Roark, Boise, ID, 1:38.80   
4 Matthew Lequang, Hamilton Area, NJ, 1:39.29
5 Brendan Firlie, Sarasota, FL, 1:39.54   
6 Joshua Franco, Somerset Valley, NJ, 1:39.77
7 Max Walther, Red Bank, NJ, 1:39.86 
8 Luke Mikesell, Clearfield-PA, 1:40.07 

An estimated 1,400 swimmers from across the nation participated in the 2018 YMCA Short Course Nationals this week. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.


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