SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- While the sport conjures images of sunshine and beaches, swimming is a winter sport for high school athletes. Scotch Plains-Fanwood's boys and girls teams are perennial powers in the pool. They'll hit the pool deck on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at home vs Governor Livingston.
The boys are coming off a successful season in which they made the State final for the third time in four years but lost to powerhouse Mainland, which won its fourth straight NJSIAA Public B championship by defeating Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 98-72, at The College of New Jersey. However, several top boy swimmers graduated, including Alan Shao, Daniel Donaldson, and Josh Cohen, who now competes for Georgia Tech.
The girls are the defending Union County champions. They came from 10 points behind midway through the County championship meet held at Rutgers to overtake Westfield and win their fifth consecutive Union County title. In the process, the Raiders avenged the only blemish on their 11-1 season. They eventually advanced to the Sectional final, but lost to a deep Chatham team. Most of last year's team returns this season, with the notable exception of Caroline Warren, who now swims for MIT.
Key Losses: Josh Cohen (Georgia Tech) and Alan Shao
Key Returning Swimmers: Corey He, Aidan Trenery, Jason Mongiovi, Sean Merkle, Lucas Route, Ethan Morrobel, Matt London, Owen Ferrone, and Mike DePaola.
Coach Jess Hulnik, who has coached swimming at SPFHS for 25 years, will spend the early part of the season figuring out who will swim each event in order to maximize the team's potential.
"We are looking for kids to step up and play some roles that they did not have to play last year," said Coach Hulnik. "Despite graduation, we still have quite a bit of versatility. We hope to keep teams off balance using that."
Having enough depth will be important to the team's success.
"We are going to need freshmen and some kids who are competing in new events to be able to get in there and score points for us," Coach Hulnik said.
Key Losses: Caroline Warren (MIT)
Key Returning Swimmers: Abby Ryan, Rachel Small, Sofia Leonetti, Nicole Kenny, Julia Bonhote, Lily Hughes, Chloe Howell, Aislinn Mooney
Coach Hulnik is confident that her team can follow up on last year's success.
"We have some great leadership in our senior and junior class. Our sophomore class now has a year under their belt and knows what to expect," Coach Hulnik said. "We are pretty solid across the board up top and are looking for swimmers to step up in our outside lanes in all events."
|Ethan||Morrobel||12||Butterfly Free IM||Julianna||Blanco||12||Free and Back|
|Lucas||Route||12||Sprint Free and Back||Nicole||Kenny||12||Free and Back|
|Michael||DePaola||11||Sprint Free and Back||Lily||Holston||11||Distance Free and Breast|
|Owen||Ferrone||11||Butterfly, IM, Distance||Sofia||Leonetti||11||Breast and IM|
|Matt||London||11||Sprint Free||Emma||Route||11||Free and Breast|
|Sean||Merkle||11||Back and IM||Abby||Ryan||11||Free, Breast, Back|
|Jason||Mongiovi||11||Fly, IM, Free||Rachel||Small||11||Free and Back|
|Corey||He||10||Distance Free||Camille||Cooke||10||Butterfly and Free|
|Gavin||Morrobel||10||Back and Free||Sofia||Corsaro||10||Back and Butterfly|
|Aidan||Trenery||10||IM, Back||Katelyn||Gaulin||10||Breast and IM|
|Bradley||Frank||9||Free||Chloe||Howell||10||Free and Breast|
|Owen||Higinbotham||9||Free and Butterfly||Lily||Hughes||10||Back, Free, IM|
|Peter||Reilly||9||Free||Kaitlyn||Lusk||10||Free and Butterfly|
|Jackson||Riedell||9||Free||Aislinn||Mooney||10||Distance Free and IM|
|Jay||Slack||9||Free and Butterfly||Morgan||Tsin||10||Back|
|Thomas||Yick||9||Free and Breast||Julia||Yick||10||Free|
|Avery||Higinbotham||9||Free and Butterfly|
|Ava||Mustacciuolo||9||Back and Butterfly|
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