PEMBERTON, NJ - The Lady Highlanders deep run into NJ C States ended with a 106-64 loss against a formidable Haddonfield team on Wednesday at Rowan College at Burlington County. The Gov. Livingston girls swim team's loss was not without it own highlights however, as the medley relay team of Bailey Gold, Ashlyn Shallcross, Indiana Curtis, and Sarah Polizzi finally broke through to earn a Meet of Champions qualifying time at 1:53.05. This GL quartet will now join Gold, who had already previously earned this elite MOC classification in both the 100 Fly and the 100 back at next weekend's meet.
Head Coach David Closs was rooting for the girls in their quest to obtain the elusive MOC cut. "I told the girls at the beginning of the meet that I was looking for three things out of the medley relay - a first place finish, a new team record and a MOC cut, and we got two out of three," he said. While the team placed second in the event, they did break their own All Time GL record by over a second as well as earning a spot at the MOC.
Somewhat lost in tonight's loss were continued great efforts by the GL girls talented lineup. Aidan Donahue's 200 free (1:59.34) was good for second place points followed by an inspired 200 IM by Sarah Montagna (2:15.89) good for third. Curtis, who had just helped contribute to the 200 Medley Relay's All-Time GL Record and MOC cut, swam a fast 50 free (26.28) followed closely by Polizzi (26.53), good for third and fourth, respectively.
GL's 200 free relay team of Curtis (26.83), Nicole Biegel (26.64), Montagna ( 25.54), and Donahue (25.88) took hard fought second place points (1:44.88), while the 400 free relay team of Montagna, Donahue, Julia Woo, and Gold broke through with a win.
Gold, the lone individual champion of the meet for GL, finished her unblemished dual meet record this season in both the 100 fly (58.75) and 100 back (1:00.62).
"Bailey is unbelievable and there's no doubt we are very lucky to have her," Closs said. "She's an absolute beast in the water, I can throw in an event and know those are automatic points She will swim her heart out - she did it again tonight and that just shows she's a true champion."
Shallcross continued her good form with a (1:11.71) in the 100 breast.
Closs was pleased with his team's performance, and impressed with the competition as well. "The girls did a great job and we had lot of fast swims," he said. "Haddonfield swam some times they hadn't approached all season long, and they are super deep...all you can do is tip your hat to them."
The girls swim team will now send Bailey Gold, Ashlyn Shallcross, Indiana Curtis, and Sarah Polizzi to the Meet of Champions to represent Gov. Livingston on March 4th/5th.