BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gov. Livingston senior Bailey Gold signed to continue to compete in swimming at the college level during a Signing Day ceremony held at the school surounded by family, coaches, teammates and friends.

Gold signed with Brandeis University [Waltham, MA], a Division III school, which competes in the University Athletic Association (UAA), comprising Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve University, Emory University, New York University, the University of Chicago, the University of Rochester and Washington University (St. Louis). 

As a freshman in 2015, Gold had broken a 30 year 100 Fly record with a time of 1:01.61, a GL record set by Laura Mortenson in 1982. In that same meet, she set a new school record in the 100 Backstroke with a time of 1:02.13. 

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Fast forward to senior year, Gold has re-broken her records and currently owns the 100 Backstroke school record with a time of 58.34 [set in 2018] and is part of two relay records [200 Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay] at Gov. Livingston.

Gold recently relinqueshed her 100 Fly school record [57.72 set in 2018] to sophomore Rachel Heeren, who swam a best time of 57.37 at the 2019 County Championships, which qualified for the MOC. 

Gold is a two-time Union County Champion in the 100 Fly (2018) and 500 Free (2019). She has also celebrated, along with her teammates, winning three consecutive NJSIAA Group 2 Sectional titles in 2017, 2018 and 2019. 

"It is no coincidence that when Bailey appeared as a freshman GL took a major leap forward as a program and is currently the three time Central C Sectional State Champion thanks in no small part to her contributions," said Gov. Livingston head swim coach David Closs. "She is a fantastic person who leads by example and is the best of what high school sports represent. She is an intense competitor who loves to compete against the best of what other teams and the state has to offer."  

Coach Closs feels fortunate to have a number of really fine swimmers come through GL during his tenure as coach. "I think it is fair to say that Bailey will go down as the best swimmer I've coached during my 13 years at GL and in the top two if not number one in my 25 years of coaching high school swimming," said Closs. 

While Gold considered other schools in the Boston area, once she visited Brandeis, she knew it was the school for her. "I instantly felt at home on my recruiting trip," said Gold. "I felt extremely comfortable with the people and Brandeis’ philosophy of giving back to others," she said. "Brandeis also has an extremely supportive swim team and the exact neuroscience program I was looking for." She said,  her future coach, Coach Nicole, shares her philosophy surrounding swimming -- "I put academics first but still will work my hardest in the pool and outside the pool."

Gold is the president of the Gov. Livingston National Honor Society and is a member of the Math Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and Athletic Honor Society. Gold has been recognized and awarded as a Justice Brandeis Scholar, one of Brandeis University's top merit scholarships and she plans to major in Neuroscience.

Bailey Gold talks with TAPinto Berkeley Heights.

TAPinto: What events do you anticipate swimming at Brandeis?

Bailey: I will most likely swim 200 fly, 100 fly, and relays. 

TAPinto: Which coach has taught you the best lesson about competition and possibly life lesson?

Bailey: My club coach at Morris County Swim Club, Coach Al, always says “whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re probably right.” He has taught me to think positively in all aspects of my life, because I tend to be hard on myself sometimes.  Coach Closs, here at GL, has shown me the importance of collaboration between a coach and swimmer.  He let me decide to swim the 500 free at counties this year even though I had just started doing the event in high school meets this season.  He trusted my instincts and I ended up winning that event.

TAPinto: Has your college coach given you advise on how to prepare for the next level?

Bailey: Coach Nicole has told me to anticipate for lots of weight training and will give me a lifting workout to do in the spring to start preparing. 

Editor's Note: Bailey Gold will wrap up her phenomenal high school career at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions competing in the 100 Fly, 500 Free, Medley Relay and the 400 Free Relay. [Look for Gold to be gunning to get her 100 Fly school record back.] 

The No. 4 seeded Gov. Livingston Girls Swim Team will next battle for the NJSIAA Group C Championship. First, GL will compete against No. 1 seeded Haddonfield on Wednesday, Feb. 20 in the semi-final round at Raritan Bay. The winner will advance to compete against the winner of No. 2 seeded Mountain Lakes vs No. 3 seeded Bernards for the Group C Championship title.