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Zdroik sets two marks in leading Hillsborough boys to Somerset County swim title

MONTGOMERY — For the Hillsborough High School boys swimming team, Saturday afternoon’s performance at the Somerset County Championships was nine years in the making.

After not winning a county title since 2005, the Raiders rode Brad Zdroik’s two individual meet records and another relay record to a 244.50 team score, 52 points clear of defending-champion Bridgewater-Raritan.

“We knew coming in that it was going to come down to one of the six teams and I told the boys like I told the girls to feed off the energy of the meet,” Hillsborough head coach Todd Sudol said. “I haven’t done it with this group yet, and I told the guys that it’s a great feeling at the end of the day, but I knew it would be tough.”

Coming into the meet, Hillsborough was one of the teams that had a real shot to win, along with Bridgewater-Raritan, Ridge, Pingry and Montgomery. But after Zdroik set a pair of records in the 100 and 200-yard freestyle – 45.48 and 1:40.89 respectively – it was apparent that Hillsborough was ahead of the curve.

Earlier in the day, the Hillsborough girls set four meet records of their own, giving the Raiders seven new meet records for the day.

“I was very happy with my swims; some were better than others, but this is good day,” Zdroik said. “It was definitely about team today; my whole reason for picking the events I did was to try and maximize points for Hillsborough and get us the win we’ve wanted for so long.”

Zdroik was also on the 200-yard freestyle relay team that finished a second and a half ahead of Pingry (1:27.29-1:28.63), setting a meet record in the process. The previous record, held by Pingry from 2012, was 1:27.47.

“This was a real team effort and they are a bunch of guys that are ready to battle for each other. I give them a lot of credit and I’m just happy for them,” Sudol said. “We would have to win the close races and we’re going to have to score three guys in the top 12 of every event and we did that and I think that made the difference for us.”

Until the final two races, Pingry held the second-place position down, but couldn’t place higher than fifth to maintain it and it fell to third place with 181 points at the end.

For the Big Blue, Sebastian Lutz led the way, winning the 200-yard medley relay (1:36.89), 50-yard freestyle (21.27) and 100-yard backstroke (52.88).

“This was a good day,” Lutz said. “Usually when we come into County meets, we are pretty much prepared to win, but today, we knew any of the top six teams could have won and Hillsborough and Bridgewater-Raritan just swam faster than we did.”

Montgomery’s Zack Warner was the meet’s third double-winner, taking first place in both the 200-yard individual medley (1:57.75) and 100-yard breaststroke (56.65), the latter of which equaled a meet record set by Nic Fink of Pingry in 2011.


Hillsborough girls swim to Somerset championship

MONTGOMERY — After watching Montgomery take the top three spots in the 100-yard breaststroke, closing the team title race to a single point, Hillsborough High School girls swim coach Todd Sudol didn’t panic. In fact, he knew all along that his squad would emerge victorious.

“I stand behind my girls 100 percent of the time. We have two strong breaststrokers as well, with Emma Kohlenstein and Megan Bull,” Sudol said. “All they had to do was get some points, stay in the top six in what I thought was one of the most competitive races of the day. It was a smart move to by Montgomery to put its three best breaststrokers in, but I knew with the two we had in the pool we’d be fine.”

Sudol had every right to be confident, especially on a day where his swimmers set four meet records, including a 3:29.50 time in the 400 freestyle relay in the meet’s final race, as Hillsborough edged Montgomery 242-235 for the Somerset County Championship Saturday afternoon.

Senior Lindsay Temple set a pair of individual meet records in the 500 freestyle and 100 backstroke, respectively, and sophomore Julieyanna Parker set the meet record in the 200 freestyle. Both were on the 400 freestyle relay team that finished nearly three seconds ahead of Montgomery.

“I’m very confident in the 400 free relay; I saved my four for the end and I knew that if it came down to that, someone like a senior anchor like Lindsay Temple is not going to get beat. I think that’s what carried us through today: the performance of my seniors,” Sudol said.

Temple and Parker both swam on the 200 medley relay to open the meet, helping Hillsborough get off to a fast start. In the very next race, Parker broke her own record from the 2013 meet, finishing first at 1:52.27. Parker also won the 100 butterfly before leading off the 400 freestyle relay.

“I’m happy that I got to beat my own personal record,” Parker said. “ But I have to say that I’m just really proud of my team as a whole. We really stuck together and we really fought it out.”

For Temple, her pair of individual meet records came in the seventh and ninth races of the day, respectively.

“It was probably one of my goals to break those records,” Temple said. “I was close to the records in dual meets, but I wasn’t sure if it was going to happen or not today. I really wanted those records and I was just happy I went faster than I did last year.”

Montgomery’s Katie King also set a meet record in the 100 breaststroke, leading a 1-2-3 finish to put the pressure on Hillsborough. Michelle and Jenna D’Allegro finished second and third to round out the Montgomery top three. King hit the wall first at 1:04.34, eclipsing the record set by Hillsborough’s Rachel Stoddard in 2013. It was also a school and pool record.

“It was really exciting to win and get the records,” King said. “We wanted to go 1-2-3, more so than the individual win, to make it close with Hillsborough, and we really came together as a team.”

Having set four meet records en route to winning the county championship for the second straight year, Sudol said it was all about seeing the emotion of his squad.

“I can tell you this; we didn’t set out today to break any records. We set out to defend a title and the records came with it,” he said. “As a coach, I just want to see them enjoy it. I want to see them have a good time and have smiles on their faces, whether it’s a best time or they win a meet like this, you just enjoy seeing them happy.”