Relay Teams, Hersch Earn 'MOC' Berths as Summit H.S. Girls Swimming Finishes Fourth at County Championship

The Hilltopper team that swam to a fourth-place finish at 'Counties.
'MOC'-bound Relay Team members Julia Bligh, Emma Claus, Kaitlyn Hersch, and Natalie Wisniewski.
Summit captains Emily Kostolansky, Kaitlyn Hersch and Charlotte Greer.

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

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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

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