BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - At the December 15th meet against Oak Knoll, Gov. Livingston freshman Bailey Gold broke the school record in the 100 Butterfly with a time of 1:01.61, a record set by Laura Mortenson in 1982. She also set a new school record in the 100 Backstroke with a time of 1:02.13; the previous school record was set last year by current sophomore Sarah Montagna.
Don't underestimate the strength of this freshman -- Gold brings extensive experience from her years of training at Berkeley Aquatic Club, where she currently swims with the Senior group. “This means it can be up to 7000-8000 yards of swimming every day, with dry land,” said Gold. “BAC puts a big emphasis on personal goal setting, which has also helped me as a swimmer. The intense training and high amounts of yardage also contributed to helping me be prepared for the high school season.”
Swimming in her first high school meet, breaking a record was not on her mind. “I had just came from BAC practice, so I honestly was really shocked,” said Gold of breaking two school records.
Coach Closs wasn’t surprised in the least. “We have some pretty good records here at GL,” said Closs. “Records are broken when a swimmer arrives who is capable of doing it as Bailey certainly is!”
Closs is excited with the early meet results with his boys and girls teams, both have 3-1 records. “Both the girls and boys teams are working very hard and hope to make the Championship Tournament and advance as far as we can in that tournament,” he said, adding, “we are hoping to improve on our placement at the County Tournament and qualify as many individuals as we can for the Meet of Champions.”
The girls team has convincingly swam to victory over Plainfield, Union and rival New Providence. Their single loss was to Oak Knoll, 88-82. “Bailey, sophomore Aidan Donahue, sophomore Sarah Montagna and captains Kelly McLoughlin and Sama Manchanda will be leading the way this season,” said Closs.
The boys team also recorded dominating victories over Plainfield, Union and Oratory Prep. Their single loss was to New Providence, 79-91. “Senior Duylinh Vu, Juniors Matt Zarelli and Killian Quinn along with senior captains Alex Gonzalez and Ryan Lalevee will be leading the way for our team this season,” said Closs.
Up next, the girls will compete against Kent Place on January 6 and both the girls and boys will travel to Cranford on January 7.