Montclair High School Girls Swim Team took the top prize at the Super Essex Conference/Essex County Championships and the Boys team took second place to Seton Hall Prep. The final score for the boys was 268.5 to SHP’s 289. The girls’ final score was 217, a 35-point lead over second-place Livingston. The Championships were held in the NJIT Wellness and Events Center in Newark, NJ.
Individually, Devon Muldoon, senior, was the recipient for the third year in a row of the Cullen Jones Award for the Most Valuable Swimmer at the Essex County Swimming Championships, earning 32 points for her team. Ela Habjan, freshman, also earned 32 points and broke the Essex County/SEC record in the 50 free and the 100 back.
The boys held first place throughout much of the meet, only to drop a few points during the 100 breast stroke allowing Seton Hall to slip into first to place. The girls held their position consistently throughout the competition with their lead growing as they went.
The Girls squad had 6 first-place wins:
The 200 medley relay (Devon Muldoon, Lily Foung, Ela Habjan, Mia Padberg) and the 400 free relay (Devon Muldoon, Sol Jordan, Mia Padberg, Ela Habjan)
Ela Habjan (FR): 50 free (24:07) and 100 back (57:12)
Devon Muldoon (JR): 200 IM (2:07:99) and 500 free (5:09:21)
Lily Foung (SO): 100 breast (1:09:60)
Mia Padberg (SR) 200 IM (2:17:81).
The Boys team had no first-place wins, but their consistent placement in the top 12 kept them competitive and won them the Essex County Second Place Trophy.
Tommy White (SR) 200 yard free (1:46:31) and 100 fly (52:10)
Jarret Driever (JR) 200 IM 2:02:03 and 500 free 4:56:85
Spyros Salatas (SR) 100 free 49:19 and 100 back (54:18)
Alex Petroff (JR) 100 Back (53:64)
Alex Petroff (JR) 200 yard free (1:50:95)
Leo Powers (SO) 200 IM (2:04:55)
The Montclair Mounties Swim Team final meet before the State Tournament will be against Millburn on Friday, January 24 at 6:30 PM, at Montclair State Panzer Pool.