BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Gov. Livingston girls swim team concluded the regular season with a 101-69 loss against NJ State powerhouse Scotch-Plains on Senior night for the Lady Highlanders. The loss left the team with a 7-3 final record on the year, but with plenty of dry powder for a run at the Central C sectional title which barely eluded them last season.
"They are all tremendous kids and we are proud and lucky to have them on our team these past four years," said Coach Closs on his seniors,
Swimming mainly in off-events GL did get a victory over Scotch-Plains in both the 200 and 400 free relays with the same quartet of Sarah Polizzi, Sarah Montagna, Aidan Donahue, and Bailey Gold.
The focus now shifts to the post season which will start once power point rankings are released and teams are seeded within the next week or so. Competition should commence starting the week of February 6th depending on aforementioned seeding and potential byes. According to Closs, "if the girls perform like they did at Union County Championships we should be right in the thick of things for group C sectionals."
Swimmer in the Spotlight - Shannon Sieczka
TAPinto: You've been with a lot of talented swimmers over the past four years that you've been on it - but the team this year seems poised for big things this postseason?
Shannon: Yes I am excited! After great swims at counties we hope to succeed at states. We have all been practicing really hard and hope to claim the title we got so close to last year.
TAPinto: What has GL swimming meant to you these last four years?
Shannon: I have loved being a part of the growing GL swim team. Each year we have been reaching more of our goals. The flag football games, water polo matches, and pasta parties have all added to the fun of being a part of this team. I will definitely miss it!