Cranford's Gators swim impressively to beat difficult Hurricanes Special

Posted Jun 22, 2013 by Michael Krebs
Kicking off the summer swim season with a win for Cranford, the Cranford Gators hosted the Hillsborough Hurricanes for a historically competitive meeting.
Like many other sports, swimming is one that is measured in seconds and in the reach of inches. And while swim meets are often defined by the ability that one team or another has in touching the wall, it is the second hand and the elusiveness of the inches that decides a meet and a season.
This was certainly embodied in the meeting between the Cranford Gators and the Hillsborough Hurricanes on Saturday morning.
The summer swim season is less competitive than the full-year counterpart, but the coaches of these two teams - where the rivalry runs deep - do not pay attention to the tilt of the earth's axis. Summer swim is swim, and these competitors mean business.
The Cranford Gators have historically struggled against the Hillsborough Hurricanes, and so it was a morning for Cranford to relish as their team won in butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle. The Cranford team is graced with a new generation of power swimmers, led by a strong contingent in their Grade 6 / 7 girls (ages 12-13).
On the relay front, Cranford was decisive - deleting impressive seconds from the clock and working through the water with an ideal minimum resistance.
As the host team, and as the first showing of the summer season, Cranford cut the water well - and it was one of those moments where the synchronicity delivered by the strong Gator coaching staff demonstrated itself publicly.