In his freshman year, Josh Cohen placed seventh and fifth in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle respectively at the 2016 Meet of Champions. Cohen followed up with another strong season, including a strong performance at the Union County Championships last weekend. He broke his own County record in the 500 Freestyle and also won the 200 Freestyle as Scotch Plains-Fanwood finished second in the County meet held at Rutgers.
"Breaking my own Union County record felt exhilarating. The 500 is my favorite event and it means a lot to me that I was able to go faster this year," Cohen said.
Against Gov. Livingston on Thursday, Jan. 26, Cohen led off the winning 200 Medley Relay with teammates Brody Rash, Chris Bondarowicz, and Brian Kenny. He also won the 200 IM (Individual Medley) with a time of 2:02.85. Two days earlier on Tuesday, Jan. 24, he won the 200 Freestyle with a time of 1:44.38 and the 500 Freestyle at 4:43.78
The sophomore said he is more satisfied with this year's swim season than his Freshman year.
"I have had many fast swims that show lots of improvement. Counties is a great example because I swam the exact same events but got faster," Cohen added.
He is still quite proud of his performance at counties last year.
Going in as a freshman, I didn’t expect much but I gave it my all and won the 200 and 500 Free," Cohen said. "The 500 Free record was set almost 20 years ago, and breaking it really set the tone for the rest of the season."
As for the rest of the year, he is looking forward to the State tournament and Meet of Champions (MOC).
"Long term, I would really like to win an event at MOC’s by the time I'm a senior. Swimming in college is definitely something I would like to do," Cohen added. "As a team, I think that SPF can make it to state finals again so we can earn a rematch with Mainland for the title this year."
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