WARREN, NJ - For the third time in as many years, the Governor Livingston girls swim team is advancing to the NJSIAA  Public C championship final after defeating Holmdel 118 - 52 in the semi-final meet at home on Monday night. The Lady Highlanders put an end to the unexpected run of eighth seed Holmdel, who knocked off both the fifth seed New Providence and fourth seed Rumson Fairhaven on their way to the semi-final. 

The tone for the day was set when the GL girls took first and second place in the medley relay -- the team of Bailey Gold, Danielle Curtis, Rachel Heeren and Sarah Montagna took first place, followed by Taylor Rooney, Nicole Biegel, Serena Shen and Julia Woo in second. The next event, the 200 free, had Aidan Donahue scoring first place. Two events saw 1-2-3 sweeps: Sarah Polizzi took first place in the 50 free, followed by Sena Hur and Julia Woo. Bailey Gold took first in 100 fly, with Rachel Heeren touching second, followed by Serena Shen. Other first place finishes included the 500 free (Sarah Montagna),  200 free relay (Sarah Polizzi, Bailey Gold, Ashley Chang, Sena Hur), 100 back (Rachel Heeren) and 100 breast (Nicole Biegel). 

"Hats off to Holmdel to get here, they had to beat two teams to do it and that's not easy," said Gov. Livingston head coach David Closs. "Our girls did a nice job today -- they came here to defend our title and we took the first step towards doing that. They are fired up and excited to get to Neptune and hopefully win the section again."

 The team will head to the Neptune Aquatic Center on Thursday, February 15 for the 6 p.m. championship meet against Metuchen.