MADISON, NJ - The Madison YMCA Mariner swim team kicked-off the holiday season December 9-11 with their annual trip to Princeton for the 2016 YMCA East Field Championship hosted by the Somerset Hills and Hamilton YMCA Swim Teams. The Mariners were proudly represented by the two dozen members of the boys’ and girls’ teams who qualified for this event.

Highlights from the girls’ performances include 15 year-old Emma Danzo’s second place finish in the 1000 yard freestyle, third place in the 500 yard freestyle and fifth place in the 200 yard individual medley (“IM”).  Also in the 15-18 Age Group, Hannah Corcoran qualified fourth in the 100 yard breast stroke.  Anya D’Costa (14) swam personal bests in all three of her races and earned a trip to the finals of the 100 free where she placed eighth.  In the 9-10 Age Group, Ryan Sprague took home three top-ten finishes in the 100 yard races of the freestyle, breaststroke and the IM, and Jule Schafer placed fifth in the 50 breast and eighth in the 200 IM.  Other strong performances came from Isabella Guarino, with a seventh place in the 11-12 100 yard breast stroke, Elena Latorre, with a fifth place in the 50 back, and Kaley Snarr with a tenth place in the 13-14 200 Free.  

On the boys’ side, four different Mariners had multiple top-ten finishes.  In the 11-12 Age Group, Kyle Beebe took second in the 100 free, third in each of the 100 back, 200 IM, 50 butterfly and 100 butterfly and fourth in the 100 IM, while Atticus Chang placed fourth in the 50 free and 100 butterfly, fifth in the 100 breast, sixth in the 100 IM, eighth in the 50 butterfly and tenth in the 100 back.  Terry Luongo was fourth in the 13-14 50 free, fifth in the 100 free and ninth in the 100 back.  In the 9-10 Age Group, Francis Jaso took second in both the 50 free and 50 back, third in 100 IM and fourth in the 100 free and 100 back.  In addition, sixteen year old Brendan Fowler qualified for finals in four different events, and placed seventh in the 200 butterfly.  Collin Faraher placed eighth in the 11-12 Age Group 200 IM. 

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Team members Erin Beak (18), Amanda Benevantano (12), Camerson Bresnahan (14), Sadie Clarke (9), Katelyn Hoffelder (10), Gianna Latorre (13), Anika Lippke (10), Gwen Lukasavage (13), Allison O’Keefe (14) and Ryan Snarr (11) also swam strong races throughout the weekend. 

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