SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- It was a swim season opener devoid of fans, cheers, and the often electric atmosphere of relay races featuring teams' best swimmers competing for a meet win that sometimes hinges on the length of a fingertip in the final event or avoiding being the sixth-place finishers. 

In the virtual season opener on Tuesday, Feb. 24, Scotch Plains-Fanwood swimmers competed against themselves, but their times eventually will be matched with the as-of-yet unshared times from Gov. Livingston and New Providence, respectively.

"With the pandemic, I am happy that we are able to do anything," said a grateful coach Jess Hulnik, whose teams are perennial contenders for Union County and state championships. "We are in the pool, and we are competing."

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For the boys, Bradley Frank was a four-time winner in two individual races, the 100 Freestyle and the100 Backstroke, and as part of the 200 Medley and the 400 Freestyle relays. For the girls, Julia Bonhote, Lily Hughes, and Billie Rose Sherratt each had four first-place finishes. 

Because of social distancing rules, relay swims used only three lanes with two separate races for boys and girls. Individual races utilized all six lanes of the pool at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA with the boys on one side and girls on the other. 

Boys   Girls  
200 Medley Frank-Trenery-Mongiovi-London: 1:43.94 200 Medley Hughes-Ryan-Howell-Bonhote: 1:53.39
200 Free Corey He: 1:52.95 200 Free Billie Rose Sherratt: 1:59.02
200 IM Aidan Trenery: 2:00.32 200 IM Lily Hughes: 2:19.41
50 Free Matt London: 23.56 50 Free Julia Bonhote:  25.58
100 Fly Jason Mongiovi: 53.76 100 Fly Billie Rose Sherratt: 58.81
100 Free Bradley Frank: 51.76 100 Free Julia Bonhote:  56.16
500 Free Corey He: 5:07.66 500 Free Aislinn Mooney: 5:25.97
200 Free Relay Mongiovi-Trenery-DePaola-He: 1:35:33 200 Free Relay Ryan-Bonhote-Howell-Sherratt: 1:45.91
100 Back Bradley Frank: 56.63 100 Back Lily Hughes: 58.95
100 Breast Aidan Trenery: 1:03.63 100 Breast Sofia Leonetti: 1:12.65
400 Free Relay London-He-Higinbotham-Frank: 3:33.03 400 Free Relay Sherratt-Mooney-Small-Hughes 3:54.71

The Raiders will be back in the pool on Tuesday, March 2, when they have another virtual tri-meet against Union and Cranford at 7:30 p.m.