PERTH AMBOY, NJ - Two teams, each ranked in the state's top 10, going up against each other with hardware on the line. Swim pundits predicted a virtual toss up.
The swim pundits weren't wrong.
In a meet that came down to the final relay, Chatham was able to hold off the Summit H.S. Girls Swim Team 91-79 to claim the Public B North 2 Sectional Final at the Raritan Bay YMCA . Summit ends its season with a record of 10-2.
In the final relay -- the 400 Free -- the Hilltoppers needed both a first- and third-place finish to tie the meet at 85 and send it to a PowerPoints tiebreaker, but fell short despite breaking a school record by almost three seconds. To underscore the razor-thin space separating the teams, just minutes before the final race, Summit was edged in the 200 Free Relay by 0.01, an 8-point swing which put them 10 points behind rather than getting them to within two heading into the final three events.
Top Summit finishers in each event included:
200 Free - Dagny Donaldson in 1:55.86 (second place)
200 IM - Sarina Cusumano in 2:11.23 (third place) -- NEW school record
50 Free - Emma Claus in 25.14 (third place)
100 Fly - Caitlin Fagan in 59.00 (first place_
100 Free - Dagny Donaldson in 53.33 (first place)
500 Free - Isabel Claus in 5:35.08 (fourth place)
100 Back - Natalie Wisniewski in 1:00.93 (second place)
100 Breast - Emma Claus in 1:08.31 (first place)
200 Medley - Natalie Wisniewski, Emma Claus, Caitlin Fagan and Cecelia Webb in 1:50.33 (first place)
200 Free - Cecelia Webb, Dagny Donaldson, Caitlin Fagan and Emma Claus in 1:40.77 (second place)
400 Free - Isabel Claus, Caitlin Fagan, Maddie Demm and Dagny Donaldson in 3:38.93 (second place) - NEW school record
Individual event winners for Chatham included:
Sara Barrett (200 Free, 500 Free), Hailey Harkins (200 IM, 100 Back), Flora Jeng (50 Free)