PISCATAWAY, NJ - Finishing in fourth spot behind champion Scotch Plains-Fanwood, Westfield and Governor Livingston, the Summit High School Girls Swim Team Union County Championship performance at the Sonny Werblin Recreation Center yielded "Meet of Champions" (MOC) berths for Kaitlyn Hersch and two Hilltopper Relay Teams.
The line of demarcation between first, second and third was clear, with Scotch Plains-Fanwood earning 422 points, Westfield 351 and GL 248. Summit's total of 214 edged fifth-place Oak Knoll's 192.
The top Summit finish on the day was the 200 Free Relay Team of Natalie Wisniewski, Julia Bligh, Emma Claus and Hersch, who took third place and a 'MOC' bid. The same aquatic quad of 07901ers earned another 'MOC' spot with their fourth-place 200 Medley Relay finish
Summit's time of 1:41.57 in the 200 Free Relay set a new school record, besting the previous mark of 1:43.82 -- which was held by Hersch, Emily Vlass, Madeline Simko and Abigail Claus -- by more than two seconds.
Hersch was the sole female Hilltopper to qualify for MOCs as an individual, which she did in the 100 Fly, finishing in 4th place
Other Summit Highlights included:
Captain Kaitlyn Hersch - seventh place, 100 Back
Natalie Wisniewski - fourth place, 50 free; fourth place, 100 Free
Julia Bligh - 10th place, 200 Free; ninth place, 100 Back
Emma Claus - 12th place, 200 Individual Medley (IM); ninth place, 100 Breast
Captain Emily Kostolansky - 13th place, 200 Free; 11th place, 500 Free
Captain Charlotte Greer - 14th place, 50 Free, 16th place, 100 Breast; and fifth place, 400 Free Relay
Isabel Claus - 16th place, 50 Free; 15th place, 100 Free; and fifth place, 400 Free Relay
Sarina Cusumano - 9th place 200IM; and fifth place, 400 Free Relay
Olivia Engmann - 11th place, 100 Fly; fifth place, 400 Free Relay
Kate Tully - 14th place, 100 Back
Jenn Collins - 15th place, 100 Breast