WARREN, NJ - In their first meet of the new year, the Governor Livingston girls swim team held on to their undefeated status, claiming victory against Kent Place with a score of 117-53 Thursday at home. This win brings their record to 5-0 this season.

After starting things off with 1-2 finishes in the 200 Medley Relay (the team of Sarah Montagna, Ashlyn Shallcross, Bailey Gold and Sarah Polizzi taking first), the Lady Highlanders then went on to take first place in every event except the 100 Free and 100 Back, which went to Kent Place's Lily Pence. First place finishes for GL were: 200 Free (Aidan Donahue), 200 IM (Sarah Montagna), 50 Free (Sarah Polizzi), 100 Butterfly (Bailey Gold), 500 Free (Aidan Donahue), 200 Free Relay (Sarah Montagna, Nicole Biegel, Sarah Polizzi and Aidan Donahue), 100 Breast {Ashlyn Shallcross) and the final event of the night, the 400 Free Relay (Shannon Sieczka, Ines Martinez, Taylor Rooney and Serena Shen). 

Head Coach David Closs was pleased with the girls first effort of the year, and is looking ahead to future competitions. "The girls have some big meets coming up and tonight was a good opportunity to knock some of the rust off after the long break," he said.

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The Lady Highlander's next meet will be at home on Monday, 1/9 against Cranford at 7:45 p.m.

Swimmer in the Spotlight this week is junior Aidan Donahue

Q: You set the Coach Closs era 2005-2016 record last year in the 200 Free with a time of 201:14. Was breaking a sub 2 minute 200 free one of your goals this year? 

Aidan: Breaking 2 minutes in the 200 free is a goal that I've set for myself this year. Of course, I am happy to swim any event that coach asks me to swim, but I hope to swim the 200 free as much as possible so that I can reach my goal this season.

Q:  You're always one of the top points scorers for the team when the important meets come around - does it feel different when it's your turn in a big moment?

Aidan: I'm always nervous for a race no matter what event it is or what team we are swimming against. It's important to me that I treat every meet the same and always try just as hard at each one. Sometimes my nerves end up benefiting me.