WARREN, NJ -- In an exciting road contest against a boisterous Chatham team, Scotch Plains-Fanwood boys swimmers defeated previously unbeaten Chatham, 90-80, at Morris Union Jointure Pool on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020.
Although the Raiders won eight of the 11 races, Chatham's depth kept the contest tight. Teams score 6 pts. for a win, 4 for second, 3 for third, 2 for fourth, and 1 for fifth. In a close contest, having a fifth place swimmer out-touch the sixth place swimmer makes a 2 pt. differential in the score and can determine the outcome of the meet.
Junior Matt London, who has been consistently great all year, took both of the Freestyle sprints (50 Free and 100 Free), while Corey He won the distance races (200 Free and 500 Free) and anchored the winning 200 Free Relay. Aidan Trenery won the 200 IM and led off the 200 Medley Relay. Jason Mongiovi swam on two winning relays and also finished first in the 100 Breast.
"Jason's win in the 100 Breast was key. If he had gotten out-touched, the pressure would have been on us in the 400 Free Relay," said Raiders Coach Jess Hulnik. "All of our boys swam well today. Everyone played a role in the victory, not just the kids whose names are in the box scores. I'm proud of all of our kids tonight."
"I had a lot of underclassman step up and swim well when we needed them. We knew this meet against Scotch Plains-Fanwood was going to be a tough one. Coach Jess always has some of top teams in the state for the past few years," Chatham Coach Frank Digiacomo told TAPintoSPF after the meet.
With the win, Scotch Plains-Fanwood improves to 6-1 on the season. Chatham drops to 6-1 after beginning the season with a six meet unbeaten streak.
200 Medley Relay
Aidan Trenery, Jason Mongiovi, Matt London, Michael DePaola, SPF, 1:41.90
Corey He, SPF, 1:48.21
Aidan Trenery, SPF, 1:58.65
Matt London SPF, 22.35
Mark Albarez, Chatham, 53.83
Matt London, SPF, 49.50
Corey He, SPF, 4:57.94
200 Free Relay
Matt London, Jason Mongiovi, Michael DePaola, Corey He, SPF, 1:32.89
Kyle Beebe, Chatham, 55.28
Jason Mongiovi, SPF, 102.95
400 Free Relay
Kyle Beebe, James Cava, Mark Albarez, Ryan Snarr, Chatham, 3:24.18
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