WARREN, NJ - The Governor Livingston girls swim team celebrated Senior Night with a win against Union at home on Thursday night, taking first place in all events and running up a score of 121-48. The highlight of the evening came during the break, when each graduating senior walked down the bulkhead and got a celebratory splashing by their teammates, as well as a rose and a hearty round of applause from their friends and families.
As thrilled as Head Coach David Closs was with the meet results, he was quick to stress that the evening was really all about acknowledging the contributions of graduating swimmers Bailey Gold, Sena Hur and Olivia Mckeon, as well as his graduating managers.
"They've all been with me for four years and I really can't say enough about them, and the great leadership Bailey and Sena have brought to the team this year," he said. "Olivia has also done a great job being a lane leader. It's been such a joy to coach all of them and all three girls have been outstanding this year. I'm really looking forward to seeing what they do going forward for the rest of the season."
Closs went on to mention how much he appreciated the work of team managers Emaan Ayub, Amanda Carrico, Abby Nogueira and Jessica Perl. "They're not only our managers this year but they also swam for the team in the past and they missed the team so much that they decided to come back and help out as managers, and I couldn't have been happier about that," he said.
When asked to share his thoughts on his graduating swimmers, he had this to say about each:
Olivia Mckeon - "Olivia Mckeon is a wonderful young lady who has really embraced being a member of the Governor Livingston swim team. She is a dedicated member of our team who has done everything in her power to achieve her potential as a swimmer and athlete. I look forward to seeing her every night at practice and love her competitiveness in meets and will miss her smile and can do attitude when she is gone."
Sena Hur - "Sena has been a real success story here at GL. Sena has worked very hard to become one of our team's elite sprinters and she is one of our most coachable athletes. Better than that, she is a terrific person. I am proud of the fact that she is our first 'Magnet School' swimmer who has become a Captain of our team and she has set a standard that will be hard to duplicate in the years to come for future GL swimmers."
Bailey Gold - "In nearly 25 years of coaching high school, I have been blessed to have had a very select group of true superstars who it has been my absolute privilege to be associated with. There is no doubt that Bailey is in that very exclusive club. She is not only a superstar in the pool but out of the pool as a person. She is gracious, has a great sense of humor, and is someone who has been the backbone of this team for four years. She has led by example and is as tough as competitors go. I am proud to have her as a team captain, and is someone whose career I look forward to following in college!"
The meet results for the night were:
First place finishers:
Rachel Heeren - 200 free, 500 free
Bailey Gold - 200 IM, 100 breast
Sena Hur - 50 free
Charlotte Roder - 100 fly
Rebekah Chuba - 100 free
Caroline Kolmoldin - 100 back
200 medley relay team of: Caroline Kolmoldin, Danielle Curtis, Phoebe Kim, Bailey Gold
200 free relay team of: Bailey Gold, Rachel Heeren, Olivia McKeon, Charlotte Roder
400 free relay team of: Phoebe Kim, Sena Hur, Amanda Polizzi, Caroline Kolmoldin
2nd place finishers:
Phoebe Kim - 200 free, 500 free
Danielle Curtis - 200 IM
200 free relay team of: Rebekah Chuba, Amanda Polizzi, Ashley Kim, Isabella Stravoiu
Third place finishers:
Ashley Kim - 200 IM
Amanda Polizzi- 50 free
Ella Ferrigno - 100 fly
Isabella Stravoiu - 100 free
Victoria Mauri - 500 free
Sena Hur - 100 back
Samantha Wallace - 100 breast
400 free relay team of: Ashley Kim, Abby Biegel, Victoria Mauri, Isabella Stravoiu
The Lady Highlanders will have their last meet of the regular season next Thursday, Jan. 24 at 7:45 p.m. when they host Plainfield, and will compete in the Union County Swimming Championship on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 1 p,m, at Rutgers University.