SUMMIT, NJ -- In what could be a preview of the Union County swimming championships at Rutgers next Sunday, defending champion Summit out-swam the Scotch Plains-Fanwood boys, 94-76 at the Summit YMCA.
According to both teams' coaches, the meet was much tighter than the score might indicate.
"This was a close meet. It was fun to watch and could have gone either way," said Summit swim coach Luke Piede, who is familiar with a lot of the athletes since he teaches at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School and is the Raiders' varsity tennis coach.
Piede said that for his team, junior Alex Jones was the star today.
"Alex really took over the meet. He won the 200 Free and then came out and won the 500 Free. Then he anchored both our relays," Piede said. "It's not just the wins. You have to have good performances from your B and C lanes to score points (and win the meet)."
"Summit swam a little faster than us, and they were a bit deeper than us today. We got out-touched a few times, and that made a difference," said Scotch Plains-Fanwood coach Jess Hulnik. "They're the defending county champions. We expected this to be a tough meet."
Both Summit and Scotch Plains-Fanwood will swim at the Union County Championships, which take place at Rutgers Sonny Werblin pool on Sunday, Jan. 26, beginning at 5 p.m.