Hilltopper Sports Wrap: Girls Varsity Swimming's Strong Effort Comes Up Shy Versus Westfield; Boys Hoops Struggles Offensively, Defeated at SP-F

Kaitlyn Hersch won the 100 Fly and 100 Backstroke.

WESTFIELD, NJ - Swimming against 15th-ranked Westfield, the Hilltopper Girls Varsity Swim Team put in a solid performance but were defeated by the Blue Devils, 99-71.

Summit's Natalie Wisniewski finished first in the 50 Free, Kaitlyn Hersch did likewise in the 100 Fly and 100 Backstroke, and Emma Claus stepped to the top of the podium in the 100 Breaststroke.

Other notable Hilltopper finishes included:

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200 Medley Relay A - Second Place

Junior Julia Bligh (Backstroke)
Freshman Emma Claus (Breaststroke)
Senior Co-Captain Kaitlyn Hersch (Butterfly) 
Sophomore Natalie Wisniewski (Freestyle)

Relay B - Third Place

Junior Kate Tully (Backstroke)
Senior co-captain Charlotte Greer (Breaststroke)- personal best split time
Freshman Olivia Engmann (Butterfly)
Sophomore Daniella Ospina (Freestyle)

200 Free: Senior co-Captain Emily Kostolansky - Third Place

200IM: Emma Claus - Second Place; Julia Bligh - Third Place

50 Free: Isabel Claus - Second Place

100 Free: Wisniewski - Second Place

500 Free: Kostolansky - Third Place

200 Free Relay - Second Place

Freshman Sarina Cusumano
Isabel Claus
Freshman Megan Gregory

100 Back: Bligh - Third Place

400 Free Relay - Third Place

Emma Claus

Summit is back in the pool December 21 at 7:45 p.m. to take on Governor Livingston at the Morris Union Jointure Pool in Warren.

Boys Varsity Basketball Falls at SP-F

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - The Summit High School Boys Varsity Basketball Team mustered just 35 points and dropped a 48-35 decision at Scotch Plains-Fanwood (SP-F).

Junior captain Malcolm Sidebottom was the lone Hilltopper to reach double figures, finishing with 11 points. Sophomore Will Hellings was next with nine for Summit

Lamont Cruse and Tommy Drubulis and Jack Brady accounted for virtually all of the Raiders scoring with 16, 13, and 11 points, respectively.

After taking a 10-7 first quarter lead, Summit was able to post just three points in the second quarter and trailed at halftime, 18-13. The teams shared the 'honors' in the third stanza, each putting up 13 points, and the Raiders maintained their five-point advantage heading to the final eight minutes.

Any chance of comeback by the visitors was squelched by a 17-point Raider final frame, which included a dunk by Cruse.

Summit, now 1-1 on the season, returns home December 22 to face Morris Knolls. Tip-off is at 3:30 p.m.

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