MONTGOMERY, NJ - The Summit High School Boys Varsity Swim Team came into their match-up against second-seeded Montgomery as underdogs and exited triumphant, securing a place in the NJSIAA North 2, Public B finals with a powerful 94-76 victory over the Cougars.
In the final, to be held at the Raritan Bay YMCA February 16, the third-seeded Hilltoppers will swim against the winner of top-seeded Scotch Plains-Fanwood / fourth-seeded Millburn meet, which will be held February 14.
Shrugging off injuries to multiple key team members, the boys delivered a win by showcasing the depth of their squad, delivering not only a number of first-place finishes, but also by outscoring Montgomery with second- through fourth-place finishes in key events.
Montgomery opened the meet strong by barely out-touching Summit to win the 200 Medley Relay, then took first in the 200 Free, but Summit’s Captain Cole Bligh, Campbell Rankine, and Rawleigh Pollock went 2-3-4, respectively, to knot the team score at 15. Sophomore Bryan Harvey won the 200 IM, and a fourth-place finish by Ben Campbell kept the score deadlocked at 23-23.
The Hilltoppers broke free in the 50 Free, when Dylan Ingerman and Conor Fagan delivered a one-two place punch, and Pat Boyd put a point on the board to pull ahead 34-28. Montgomery was not able to recover as Summit’s Matt McGregor, Harvey, and Captain Rob Scott went 2-3-4 in the 100 Fly, and Ingerman and Jordan Goldberg finished 1-2 in the 100 Free, leaving the Montgomery squad in their wake.
Energized by the team’s momentum, senior Bligh and junior Rankine ignored their respective injuries and limped their way to the starting blocks to stare-down the 500 Free. After 20 laps of grueling competition, the Summit duo finished second and fourth, with sophomore Pollock putting another point on the board with a fifth-place finish.
The gap widened as Summit’s 200 Free Relay team of Ingerman, Rankine, Bligh, and Campbell took first place, followed by the 1-3-4 finishes by the young backstroke squad of sophomore Fagan and freshmen Matt McGregor and Will Kasemeyer. The Hilltoppers then clinched their victory when freshman Campbell and junior Goldberg took second and third in the 100 Breaststroke.
In the final event, Summit took second and third in the 400 Free Relay.
The Raritan Bay YMCA in Perth Amboy is located at 357 New Brunswick Avenue.