On Friday January 27, MHS Girls took on Mount St. Dominic at the MSU Panzer Pool in their last home meet of the regular season. It was a battle from the start, with the lead constantly bouncing back and forth between the teams. Although tied after 6 events, the Mountie girls later lagged by 3 points with 3 events to go. The girls rallied to outscore MSD in the next 2 events and led by 4 points going into the 400 free relay, the final event.
The Mountie girls would have to take first place, or both second and third place to win. With strong performances from their A and B relay teams, the MHS girls captured both second and third place in the relay for the win, 86-84. A credit to the depth of this team, the girls took first place in only two events but earned the overall win.
The girls were led by seniors Samantha Corredor and captain Lina Koschik, sophomores Kathrynna Demetillo and Louisa Skerry, and Freshman Mia Padberg, in the individual events, and the two 400 free relay teams that clinched the win, comprised of Demetillo, Corredor, junior Amy Chen, Padberg Skerry, Koschik, junior Jordan Caro and senior captain Kate Severson.
At the same meet, the MHS boys took on Seton Hall Prep, winner of the 2017 Super Essex Conference Championship. MHS boys turned in some of their best swimming of the season, but succumbed to the SHP juggernaut, falling 124-46. The Mountie boys were led by senior captains Kai Michaud and Makai Charles, who had first place finishes in the 200 free and 100 breast, respectively.
On Monday January 30, in their last regular season meet, the MHS boys and girls took on the Newark Academy Minutemen. Led by Michaud, Charles, sophomore Thatcher Smith and freshmen Justin Ellis, Roman Miklaszewski and Tommy White, each of whom had at least one first place finish, the Mountie boys took the lead in the opening relay and widened the lead from there, finishing with a commanding 105-65 win.
The MHS girls lagged the Minutemen by only 2 points after 6 events, but were outscored in 3 of the 5 remaining events and were defeated 94-76. The Mountie girls were led by Corredor, Crawford, Demetillo, Koschik and Skerry.