Montclair High School took on West Essex on January 4 at the Caldwell Community Center pool. While both the Mountie boys and girls were expected to win, the girls, missing several strong swimmers due to injury and illness and suffering a setback when sophomore Kathrynna Demetillo’s strong first place finish in the 100 fly was nullified, fell to the Knights 89-81, despite strong performances from Freshman standout Mia Padberg, who won the 200 IM and 100 breast, Demetillo, who won the 100 back and the winning 400 free relay team of Demetillo, Padberg, senior Samantha Corredor and sophomore Maya Crawford.
The boys, on the other hand, overpowered a small West Essex boys team and with strong swimming by senior captains, Makai Charles and Kai Michaud, sophomore Thatcher Smith, junior Steven Iovine and freshman Justin Ellis, cruising to victory 126-39.
The Mounties swimmers battled Livingston on January 6 at the Panzer Pool at Montclair State University. The Mountie girls were down by 2 points after four events, but surged ahead when Crawford, and juniors Amy Chen and Jordan Caro swept the top 3 spots in the 100 free. However, after losing the 200 free relay, their lead was cut to 2 points heading into the final three events. After Wednesday’s bruising loss to West Essex, the Mountie girls were fired up and finished strong, outscoring the Lancers 31-15 in the last three events. Led by first place finishes by Crawford, Demetillo, senior captain Lina Koschik, Corredor, Padberg and sophomore Louisa Skerry, the Mountie girls fought for and earned a 94-76 victory. The Mountie boys did not fare as well against the Lancers, falling 16 points short for a 93-77 loss, despite strong performances by Michaud, Smith, Iovine, Ellis, Charles and freshman Tommy White.
The January 6 meet was also the Senior Meet, where the senior swimmers were recognized by their team and the MHS Swimming booster club. Seniors were honored for their dedication to the team and upcoming graduation. Michaud has committed to swimming for the Lions of The College of New Jersey.
Montclair takes on West Orange at home on Friday, January 13 at 8:30 pm, MSU Panzer pool.