SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit High School Girls Swim team used their depth to eventually get past a tough Red Bank Regional squad, 100-70, winning their NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Public B quarterfinal meet at the Summit YMCA.
The Hilltopper victory sets up a high-stakes rematch at Scotch Plains-Fanwood February 12. The Raiders, ranked third in the state, defeated Summit 94-76 January 16.
Against the Bucs, the competition was close from the beginning and tied after three events. Especially tough in the distance events, Red Bank won five events in sum, but Summit countered with solid second- and third-place podium finishes which snagged key points.
Juniors Natalie Wisniewski -- in the 50 Freestyle and 100 Freestyle -- and Julia Bligh -- swimming the 100 Backstroke and 200 Freestyle -- won both of their individual events. The duo also contributed to the 400 Freestyle Relay Team's win with Freshman Isabel Claus and senior co-captain Kaitlyn Hersch.
The 200 Freestyle Relay Team of senior co-captain Charlotte Greer, freshman Sarina Cusumano, freshman Olivia Engmann and Isabel Claus finished first, swimming the second-fastest time logged by the team this season.
Hersch had a pair of second-place finishes, in the 100 Butterfly and 100 Backstroke, and also contributed to the second-place finish in the 200 Medley Relay.
Freshman Emma Claus took two second-place finishes as well, in both the 200 Individual Medley and 100 Breaststroke, and contributed to a second-place swim in the 200 Medley Relay and a third-place finish in the 400 Freestyle Relay.
Cusumano finished third in the 200 Individual Medley and third in the 100 Butterfly in addition to her contributions on the relays.
Isabel Claus was third in 50 Freestyle and second in the 100 Freestyle, in addition to her contributions on the relays.
Senior co-captain Emily Kostolansky finished third in the 500 Freestyle.
The team of sophomore Daniella Ospina, senior Alisha Kewelramani, junior Kate Hanson and junior Hannah Burke finished third in the 200 Freestyle Relay.
Senior Jen Collins finished third in the 100 Breaststroke and contributed to a third-place finish in the 200 Medley relay with junior Kate Tully, Engmann and Greer.
The team of Cusumano, sophomore Kaitlyn Shimek, Ospina and Emma Claus finished third in the 400 Freestyle Relay.
Summit will take on Scotch Plains-Fanwood at the Scotch Plains-Fanwood YMCA February 12 beginning at 2:30 p.m. The Scotch Plains-Fanwood YMCA is located at 1340 Martine Boulevard.