MILLBURN, NJ - The Millburn Township Swim Team can call its season a success whatever their record was. As always, the team consisted of new members and veterans of many years all excited and eager for a great season. The whole team became a very close knit community; every participant gained something from the summer experience. The opportunity given to the swimmers is not only to become an improved athlete, but to learn about competition and neighborhood spirit.
The team was led by coaches Jonas Singer and Tony Base, and Kelly Fitzmorise was the manager. There were a lot of younger swimmers this year, but they were very dedicated and learned a lot from the more established swimmers.
"These kids were unstoppable," said Jonas Singer about the budding athletes. "Their enthusiasm and drive to learn better stroke technique in order to become better swimmers was palpable. They are the future of Millburn swimming and that future looks very bright."
The swim team had three victories and five losses. Millburn won against Summit, Chatham and West Essex (Fairfield and North Caldwell) at home meets. They also lost to Summit, Chatham and West Essex at their pools. And with East Hanover, Millburn lost both the home and away game.
One of the meets lost was on the same day as club team tryout in which many of the swimmers were pursuing a yearlong commitment to competitive swimming. Other losses coincided with state level championships in which many of the older swimmers competed against some of the best swimmers in the state.
Jonas continued on to compliment his swimmers by stating, "From our swim competitions to our practices, our swimmers looked out for each other and cheered each other on. The team brought kids of all ages together making lasting bonds of friendship. From our tradition of Friday fun days to our team cheers, all swimmers came together as a community."
The summer swim team has become a really good introduction to competitive swimming because it gives swimmers a chance to compete in a relaxed and supportive environment while developing self-confidence. Overall, the season went very well. The swimmers gained confidence and improved in ability, which was the greatest success of the season. This team spirit has made swimmers of all experience levels comfortable and ready to make a splash.