WARREN, NJ -- In a meeting of familiar rivals, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood girls swimmers lost to Chatham, 98-72, at Morris Union Jointure Pool on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020.

The Cougars benefited from strong performances by three of the top female swimmers in the state. Hailey Harkins won the 200 IM and was part of the winning 200 Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay teams. Erica Iizuka of Chatham won the 100 Fly and 100 Breast and was on the winning 200 Medley Relay. Sara Barrett, a junior, won the 200 Free and 500 Free with blistering times and anchored the winning 400 Free Relay.

Meanwhile, the Raiders bounced back from a disqualification in the meet's first event, the 200 Medley Relay, in which the top team hit the wall first. Their coach said the snafu didn't hurt the team's overall performance. 

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"The score would have been a little closer, but it didn't impact the outcome. Our girls got down to business and swam a lot of personal best times. I can't be anything but proud of them tonight," Scotch Plains-Fanwood Coach Jess Hulnik told TAPintoSPF after the meet. "Aislinn Mooney, Julia Bonhote, Abby Ryan, Rachel Small, Chloe Howell -- they all had great swims."

"Our team looks forward to swimming against Scotch Plains. It's always an exciting meet," said Chatham Coach Frank Digiacomo. "I know Coach Jess is going to have her team prepared. We love the competition. My kids get ready for it."

With the win, Chatham remains undefeated at 6-0, while Scotch Plains-Fanwood drops to 5-2. The rivals may meet in the Sectionals yet again this year.

RESULTS

200 Medley Relay
Hailey Harkins, Erica Iizuka, Nicole Sim, Olivia Polemeni, Chatham, 1:53.25

200 IM
Hailey Harkins, Chatham, 2:09.02

50 Free
Julia Bonhote, SPF, 24.61

100 Free
Julia Bonhote, SPF, 53.23

500 Free
Sara Barrett, Chatham, 5:06.74

200 Free Relay
Rachel Small, Julia Bonhote, Abby Ryan, Chloe Howell, SPF, 1:40.99

100 Back
Lily Hughes, SPF, 57.72

100 Breast
Erica Iizuka, Chatham, 1:10.08

400 Free Relay
Flora Jeng, Monica Iizuka, Hailey Harkins, Sara Barrett (Chatham) 3:44.47 

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