PISCATAWAY, NJ -- The Westfield boys swim team avenged its 2019 loss in the Union County Championships with an impressive victory over defending champion Summit and Scotch Plains-Fanwood on Sunday afternoon at Rutgers Sonny Werblin Pool. 

"I think we pushed ourselves today," said senior co-captain Jeremy Kronheimer, who also swam on the 200 Freestyle Relay. "It's our biggest meet. From our loss last year, we were motivated to do well this year."

"We came in motivated. This means a lot to us," said senior co-captain Kyle Altman, who anchored the winning 200 Freestyle Relay. 

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In the individual races, Hirad Sharifian of Gov. Livingston won the 100 Freestyle and the 200 Freestyle. Summit's Will Hedges won both the 200 IM and the 100 Breaststroke, while his teammate Alex Jones took the 500 Freestyle. Matt London won the 50 Freestyle and lost narrowly to Sharifian in the 100 Freestyle.

"Matt is a stud. He had a great meet today, he's  been on fire all season," Scotch Plains-Fanwood varsity coach Jess Hulnik said of junior Matt London, who has not lost the 50 Free this year and earned a national time of 48.07 in the 100 Free. "I'm proud of the boys. We had many best times and some real good swims. It's a great atmosphere here, and they came to play today."

In other races, Roan Baker took the 100 Backstroke, and Moataz Zayed of New Providence won the 100 Butterfly.

"We knew we had a big task coming in here today. They (Westfield) are much deeper than we are. We lost some close races. This was a very competitive meet," said varsity coach Luke Piede of Summit, which this year lost only to St. Joseph (Metuchen), the Greater Middlesex County champions, and Westfield, the Union County champions. "Now, we are looking forward to states."

RESULTS

200 Medley Relay
1) Summit (Will Kasemeyer, Will Hedges, Matthew McGregor, Alex Jones) 1:38.40; 2) Westfield 1:38.51; 3) Gov. Livingston 1:40.49; 4) Scotch Plains-Fanwood 1:41.79; 5) Cranford 1:48.50; 6) Oratory Prep 1:51.17.

200 Freestyle: 
1) Hirad Sharifian, Gov. Livingston, 1:44.93; 2) Alex Jones, Summit, 1:45.34; 3) Floyd Conlin, New Providence, 1:47.25; 4) Moataz Zayed, New Providence, 1:47.60; 5) Seth Camacho, Westfield, 1:48.39; 6) Alfredo Rojas, Elizabeth, 1:48.86.

200 IM
1) Will Hedges, Summit, 1:56.94; 2) Aidan Trenery, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 1:57.37; 3) Roan Baker, Westfield, 1:5.487; 4) Colin Kavanagh, Westfield, 1:59.58; 5) Jeffrey Vlass, Summit, 1:59.9; 6) Ethan Wong, Gov. Livingston, 2:02.13.

50 Freestyle
1) Matt London, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 21.78; 2) Jeremy Kronheimer, Westfield, 22.14; 3) Julian Kaniuka, Union Catholic, 22.66; 4) Matthew McGregor, Summit, 22.69; 5) Kyle Altman, Westfield, 22.87; 6) Thomas Sartorio, Gov. Livingston, 23.02.

100 Butterfly 
1) Moataz Zayed, New Providence, 52.72; 2) Matt Swenson, Westfield, 53.36; 3) Matthew McGregor, Summit, 53.39; 4) Jason Mongiovi, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 54.70; 5) Chris Rampaul) Pino, Gov. Livingston, 55.26; 6) John Goceljak, New Providence, 55.89.

100 Freestyle
1) Hirad Sharifian, Gov. Livingston, 47.84; 2) Matt London, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 48.07; 3) Colin Kavanagh, Westfield, 48.88; 4) Kyle Altman, Westfield, 50.43; 5) Julian Kaniuka, Union Catholic, 50.68; 6) Thomas Sartorio, Gov. Livingston, 50.93.

500 Freestyle
1) Alex Jones, Summit, 4:46.41; 2) Seth Camacho, Westfield, 4:47.83; 3) Andrew Rampaul) Pino, Gov. Livingston, 4:54.90; 4) Corey He, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 4:58.40; 5) Owen Higinbothom, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 5:03.71; 6) TJ Walsh, Westfield, 5:04.23.

200 Freestyle Relay
1) Westfield (Colin Kavanagh, Jeremy Kronheimer, Colman Scanlan, Kyle Altman) 1:29.47; 2) Gov. Livingston 1:30.45; 3) Summit 1:32.37; 4) Scotch Plains-Fanwood 1:33.19; 5) New Providence 1:34.97; 6) Oratory Prep 1:37.80.

100 Backstroke 
1) Roan Baker, Westfield, 53.49; 2) Aidan Trenery, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 55.00; 3) Matt Swenson, Westfield, 56.07; 4) Sean Merkle, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 56.18; 5) Will Kasemeyer, Summit, 57.56; 6) Thomas Cutro, Cranford, 57.70.

100 Breaststroke
1) Will Hedges, Summit, 58.37; 2) Barney Veres, Westfield, 1:00.51; 3) Jeffrey Vlass, Summit, 1:01.40; 4) Jeremy Kronheimer, Westfield, 1:02.21; 5) Floyd Conlin, New Providence, 1:02.24; 6) Ethan Wong, Gov. Livingston, 1:02.87.

400 Freestyle Relay
1) Westfield (Colin Kavanagh, Seth Camacho, Kyle Altman, Roan Baker) 3:17.41; 2) Gov. Livingston, 3:17.72; 3) Summit 3:18.55; 4) Scotch Plains-Fanwood 3:20.56; 5) New Providence 3:37.25; 6) Oratory Prep 3:38.47.

"This was a full team effort. Everyone showed heart. That's why we were successful," said Westfield varsity coach Jeffrey Knight said. 

Final team results
1) Westfield 430;
2) Summit 332;
3) Scotch Plains-Fanwood 321;
4) Gov. Livingston 289;
5) New Providence 166;
6) Cranford 125;
7) Oratory Prep 117;
8) Union Catholic 94;
9) Elizabeth 78;
10) Union 71;
*tie 11) Plainfield 28; Linden 28;
13) Dayton 23;
14) Johnson 14.