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Indian Hills Swimmer Wins County Championship

Freshman swimmer won the 50 freestyle heat at a county meet Sunday at which IHHS swimmers set four new school records.

Photo courtesy Jamie Yadoff.
Photo courtesy Jamie Yadoff.
For the first time in at least five years, Indian Hills High School has a county championship swimmer. 

At the Bergen County Meet of Champions Sunday, high school freshman Jamie Yadoff clinched the title with a 24:69 time in the 50 freestyle, which set a new school record.

"I don't remember the last time Indian Hills had a county champ in any event," IHHS swim team coach Bryan McDonnell said. "I've been coaching for five years, and we haven't had one in that time."

Yadoff, a Wyckoff resident who has been swimming for nine years on club teams and leagues, said she was proud of the victory.

"It was really great," she told Patch.

"I love swimming because I love being able to go as fast as you can. You almost feel like you're flying."

According to McDonnell, the girls swim team came in 6th out of 22 teams overall competing. The boys team came in 16th of 23 teams. He called the meet a "real victory" for the team, as swimmers broke three other school records during the meet as well.

Another freshman swimmer, Katie Steenvoorden, broke the school record for the 100 yard backstroke, and two relay teams broke school records for the 200 and 400 yard freestyles.

"We've only won one meet this year, so it's been tough in terms of our record," McDonnell said. "But, the kids are good. They train really hard, and I'm proud of them."

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