WESTFIELD, NJ - The Governor Livingston boys and girls swim teams suffered losses against the powerhouse Westfield team on Tuesday in Westfield.
Boys Swim Team
The Governor Livingston Boys Swim team took on state number one ranked Westfield. The Highlanders put up a valiant effort against state number one ranked Westfield -- losing to the swimming powerhouse, 99-71.
In the opening event the 200 Medley Relay, Westfield would take first and third place. The GL foursome of Ellis Sartorio, Matt Zarrelli, David Martinez, and Killian Quinn finished in 2nd place in a time of 1:45.96. In the 200 freestyle, Declan Feely finished 3rd, Martinez was 4th and Evan Wallace was 6th.
At this point, Westfield held a 21-9 lead. In the 200 Individual Medley, Zarrelli took 2nd and Jack O’Halloran sprinted past a Westfield swimmer to finish 3rd. In the 50 freestyle, Quinn was just beaten to finish 2nd in a time of 23.36. Jason Wong finished 4th and Jason Paprocki finished 5th. The GL team would finish 2, 3, 5 in the 100 Butterfly and a 3, 4, 5 finish in the 100 freestyle. In the 500 freestyle event, Sartorio kept up a consistent pace to finish second.
Coach David Closs saw his 200 freestyle relay team finish second in a time of 1:35.35. The team of Quinn, Wong, Duytam Vu and Paprocki did their best to keep the race contested to the finish.
The Highlanders came in loose knowing it was going to be an uphill battle against the Blue Devils. With the Union County Swim Championships this Sunday, Sartorio served notice by winning the 100 Backstroke. He completed the race in 56.32 seconds to give the Highlanders a first place finish. In the 100 Breaststroke, Chris Rampaul-Pino finished in second, Quinn in third and Andrew DelDuca stayed strong to hold off the Westfield swimmer to earn the point for GL.
In the final event of the afternoon, the 400 freestyle relay, GL finished in second and third place, helping to hold Westfield under the 100 point total. The effort was there in every race and the Highlanders should be proud of the meet against the state’s best.
Girls Swim Team
The Lady Highlanders were dealt their second loss of the season, falling to Westfield 112-58. The Westfield girls, swimming in their home pool, pulled away right out of the gate with a 1-2 finish in the 200 Medley Relay and never lost the lead for the remainder of the meet.
The Lady Highlanders grabbed four first places - 100 Freestyle (Sarah Montagna), 100 Butterfly and 100 Backstroke (Bailey Gold) and the 500 Freestyle (Aiden Donahue) - but it was not enough to catch the much larger, deeper Westfield team. The GL girls record for the season now stands at 6-2.
The teams heads to Elizabeth for their next meet on Thursday, January 19, and will be competing in the Union County Swim Championship at Rutgers this Sunday, January 22.