by Jessica Ciampa
Despite only a portion of each team competing, the boys and girls swim teams continued their strong starts to the season with wins over Elizabeth on Dec. 13.
Only a select group of WHS swimmers was able to compete in the meet due to others needing to rest for their club meet the next day, according to senior girls team manager Charlotte Milford.
Head Coach Jeffrey Knight said: “I thought the team did a fantastic job. I think [the meet] really showed our depth as a squad.... The kids really stepped up.”
Westfield started off the meet on a high note with both the girls and boys teams taking first in the 200m medley relay and 200m freestyle.
Out of the 11 races, both WHS teams took first in more than half.
“The team did a really great job and gave it their best effort which evidently worked out. I’m proud to be a part of such a talented team and can’t wait for the rest of the season,” said senior swimmer Michaela Cavanagh.
The Elizabeth swim team put up a good fight and placed first in the girls 200m individual medley and 100m backstroke and the boys 50m freestyle and 100m fly, although Westfield came in second for each of those races.
“As we continue to work towards January, we know that the level of competition is going to increase, and we need to be prepared. The kids have made it a goal to do their best every day,” said Knight.
According to nj.com, so far this season the WHS girls team defeated Plainfield 139–10, Bridgewater-Raritan 109–61, New Providence 98–72 and now Elizabeth 132–36.
The WHS boys team beat Plainfield 129–41, New Providence 112–58 and Elizabeth 131–39, but fell to Bridgewater-Raritan 80–90.
WHS will be swimming against SPF today at the Westfield YMCA at 2:30 p.m.