Girls Swim Knocked Out by Bridgewater After Tournament Win

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Photo courtesy of Paige Griggs.

Several members of the team during the NJSIAA tournament.

Katie Buelt, Features Editor

Considered to be among the top 20 swim teams in the state, HHS won their fifth straight NJSIAA tournament. Having clinched the top seed, the team bested Hunterdon Central in the semifinals, then Montgomery in the finals. Senior Skylar Ward and junior Danielle D’Ambrosio each collected two first place finishes; Ward won the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly, while D’Ambrosio clinched the 100 and 50 freestyle. Junior Paige Griggs and freshman Meghan Sharma also put up notable performances, taking home wins in the 500 freestyle and 100 breastroke, respectively. All in all, the team won seven of the eleven individual events, winning with a final score of 100.5-69.5. They continue to hang on to their second place spot overall in the Skyland Conference, right behind the undefeated Bridgewater-Raritan.

Unfortunately, the team was unable to carry their previous momentum into the semifinal round of the Group A state tournament. BRHS defeated them, advancing to the championship round, while the HHS team’s season has officially come to an end. The girls, however, managed to hold their own as they faced what was arguably their most difficult meet thus far. Sharma took first place in the 200 individual medley, while D’Ambrosio won the 50 and 100 freestyle for the second meet in a row. The team also won the 400 freestyle relay, clinching four of the eleven events.

Several individuals put up unprecedented performances across the whole seasons. Sharma ends the season five for five for individual medley wins, also winning the 100 breast stroke four times. D’Ambrosio put up thirteen individual wins, including seven in the 100 freestyle– the most in a single event by anyone on the team. Ward, meanwhile, rounded out her final high school season with an astonishing 15 individual first place finishes, the majority of which were in the 100 butterfly and 50 freestyle. 

The team’s 10-2 record is no small feat. But, as coach Todd Sudol told NJ.com, the team’s success runs deeper than the numbers. “I’ve been very lucky to coach a great group…I couldn’t be happier for the girls, and that’s what this is about,” Sudol said.