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Girls Swimming: Gov. Livingston Dominant in Win Over Lawrence to Advance to Sectional Finals

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WARREN, NJ - The Governor Livingston girls swim team dominated Lawrence High in the semifinals of Group C Central with a final score of 112 to 58. The Lady Highlanders will now go back to the sectional finals for the second consecutive year where they will meet the second seed Red Bank Regional, who also had an impressive win tonight over last year's victor Metuchen, 106-64, in the bottom half of the bracket.

The GL girls 200 Medley team of Sarah Montagna, Ashlyn Shallcross, Bailey Gold and Sarah Polizzi (1:58.09) drew first blood tonight with the win, but GL also got crucial second place points with Julia Woo, Jen Collins, Indiana Curtis, and Sena Hur (2:01.69), as well.

Lawrence's Anamarie Ginocchio got on the board next with a well fought win in the 200 free over GL's Aidan Donahue -- but GL took over from there. Sarah Montagna won the 200 IM (2:17.82) and 500 Free (5:36.55), Gold took the 100 Fly (1:01.60) and 100 Back (101.67), and Curtis won both the 50 free (26.67) and the 100 free (59.32).

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GL girls also won the 200 free relay with Polizzi, Nicole Biegel,  Curtis, and Donahue (1:49.10) and the 100 Breast with Biegel (1:13.64).

Head Coach David Closs headed into tonight's meet feeling cautiously confident. "I really didn't want to take too many chances tonight," he said. "As many people remember, we tied in the semi-final round last year and we had to go to Power Points for the win, and I really didn't want any part of that."
 
Closs said that the girls team had their best meet of the season, which is a mixed blessing.  "As I told the kids, we need to swim even better when we go into the sectional final because the competition only gets better from here and we have to elevate ourselves - each meet has to be a new best for the season and I fully expect them to do that," said Closs. "The girls definitely have a lot more to give and I think they will swim even better at the end of the week. They will be ready to go for that sectional title."
 
The GL girls swim team will now look to break through with a sectional title against Red Bank Regional in what is shaping up to be a great final between two teams who are both peaking at the right time this Friday at Neptune High School at 4 p.m.

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