EWING, NJ — It was an epic battle at this weekend’s NJSIAA Public A final, according to Westfield High School Head Swim Coach Jeff Knight, between two of the state’s traditional swim powers, Westfield and Cherry Hill East. The state championship came down to one event, he said—a winner-take-all on the 400 free relay.
After a meet filled major swings in momentum, Westfield fought back against Cherry Hill by taking second, third and fourth in the 100 backstroke and then sweeping the 100 breastroke with Stephen Husch, Steve Warren and Stefan Crigler taking first, second and third. Despite swimming the second-fastest 400 free relay in school history, the Blue Devils were touched out by .12 to end the meet.
Westfield was led by wins by John Lindros in the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle.
“As we look back on this meet and the season as a whole there is a lot to be proud of,” said Knight. “We gave all we had consistently and we achieved many of our goals, including being the county and sectional champions. Despite the loss we still power-pointed 5118, which is the most by a public school in state history. In the end we may have suffered some disappointment, but there are many reasons for us to hold our heads high.”