SUMMIT, NJ - The Governor Livingston Girls and Boys Swim teams floated into the Summit YMCA and their meet against Summit High School on the back of shimmering undefeated records, but the Hilltoppers were the ones to make a splash on 'Pack The Stands' day.
Buoyed by a slew of stellar individual and relay team performances -- and getting strong support from their home fans -- Summit sent the Highlanders teams to their first defeats of the season, with The Maroon & White sweeping the Girls and Boys meets by scores of 91-79 and 87-83, respectively.
Summit Girls 91, GL 79
Starting robustly with a first-place finish in the 200 medley relay through Julia Bligh, Natalie Wisnewski, Kaitlyn Hersch and Abby Claus, Summit also earned critical third-place points in the relay through Alisha Kewalramani, Charlotte Greer, Sophie Reitz-Bouren and Daniella Ospina, giving Summit a 10-4 lead that they never relinquished.
Claus and Hersch each logged four first place finishes, including the medley relay and the 400 free relay. Claus won the 50 and 100 free while Hersch won the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke.
Senior Katie Greer added three first-place finishes in the 200 free, the 500 free and as a part of the 400 free relay. Other top three contributors included: Sophia Confalonieri, Hannah Burke, Ellie Sullivan and Christina Guo.
The Summit Girls raised their season record to 4-3 and face Union January 13 at the Summit YMCA. The meet begins at 3:30 p.m.
Summit Boys 87, GL 83
In a polar opposite start compared to the Hilltop City girls, the boys began by trailing 10-4 after the opening medley relay, but fought back to level the score and the meet stayed close throughout.
The lead changed hands seven times with the score tied three times.
Cole Bligh won both the 200 and 500 free. Dylan Ingerman also won both of his individual event in 50 and 100 free. Jordan Goldberg came up with a huge win in the 100 breaststroke to bring Summit within two points with one event to go.
The 400 free relay team of Ingerman, Campbell Rankine, Connor Fagan and Bligh closed out the meet with the win, bringing the team a hard-fought victory. Other top three contributors were: Matt McGregor, Bryan Harvey, Daniel Merrit, Patrick Boyd and Ben Campbell.
The Hilltopper Boys improved to 5-2 on the season, and will swim against Union January 13, at the Summit YMCA, beginning at 3:30 p.m.