WARREN, NJ - The Governor Livingston Girls swim team had a challenge right out of the gate when they faced powerhouse Scotch Plains in their first meet of the season. Despite coming up short, with a final score of 71-99, the team scored first place finishes in more than half of the individual events and one relay.
Head Coach David Closs saw a promising start to the season, especially in light of the fact that the team lost so many swimmers to graduation last year. "We had a lot of really strong swims early in the season," he said. "I wasn't really sure what to expect because it's brand new team in a lot of ways...but they came out and put on a show against a top 10 team."
Freshman Caroline Kolmodin stole the spotlight in the first individual event of the day, the 200 freestyle, when she out touched her opponent and won by less than half a second. Senior Bailey Gold followed that with a win in the 200 IM, and sophomore Rachel Heeren kept the streak going with a victory in the 50 free. Gold went on to win the 500 freestyle, hitting the wall 10 seconds before the second place finisher, and Heeren took first in the 100 backstroke, coming in a full body length ahead of her competition. The 400 free relay team of Gold, Kolmodin, Ashley Chang and Heeren also took first place.
Swimmers who contributed second place points for the team were Kolmodin (100 fly) and sophomore Phoebe Kim (100 free), and junior Charlotte Roder nabbed third place points in the 100 back.
The team's next meet is at Elizabeth on Thursday, December 6 at 4:30