By Briana Williams
More than half way through the season, the HHS swim team has definitely made some noise. With some unexpected wins and some close finishes, the team has used this as fuel to race harder than they ever thought possible.
For the girls, last year’s four point loss to Passaic County Technical Institute was a tough one. However, this year, with Coach Davis’s continued support and strategic lineup, the team was able to pull out a win with a nail-biting finish in the 400 free relay.
Hackensack’s relay out touched (touched the wall first) PCTIs by 0.01 of a second, and earned them a spot in the newspaper for “Meet of the Year.” Currently the girls record is 6-3, with three more meets to go. The girls took second at the Big North Freedom League Championship, and fourth at the Bergen County Meet of Champions.
As for the boys, Fair Lawn proved to be quite a matchup. The meet was close and came down to the final race, the 400 free relay.
At this point, the score was tied 79 to 79. Although Fair Lawn’s 400 free relay touched first, the Hackensack boys’ near perfect starts and finishes helped them while Fair Lawn fell short by leaving the block early and getting disqualified.
Their record at this point in the season is 3-6, and so far better than last year which was 1-11. Keep working hard boys!
Two Individual records and one relay record have been broken this year so far.
Matt Tieleman broke the 50 yard free record, and Briana Williams (yes, this reporter) broke her own 100 yard backstroke record.
The girls 200 medley relay consisting of Briana Williams, Yara Hassan, Stephanie Ross, and Ashley Sloan, broke last year’s record twice this season alone.
This year, Coach Davis will be taking two individual qualifiers (Matt Tieleman and Briana Williams) along with the girls 200 free relay (Ashley Becan, Ashley Sloan, Stephanie Ross, and Briana Williams) to the biggest meet of the high school season, states, on March 3.
Congratulations to Coach Davis and Comet Swimming! Go Comets!